C-TPAT

Questions and answers about C-TPAT

  • C-TPAT ANNUAL SUPPLIER SECURITY SURVEY

    QUESTION: Our customer insists that we provide the C-TPAT ANNUAL SUPPLIER SECURITY SURVEY but we are not C-TPAT Certified. If we are not C-TPAT Certified, why would they insist that we complete the survey if C-TPAT is not mandatory? I would really appreciate your guidance. %%%%%%%%%% ANSWERS: Because the company who is CTPAT certified, this […]

  • C-TPAT METRICS/KPIs

    QUESTION: Does anyone publish metrics on the benefits of C-TPAT to your company, and if so how do you quantify those benefits?  I know I can get our exam rate but I don’t know how to find for example the industry benchmarks for comparing our exam rate to the average.  What other metrics or KPIs […]

  • CTPAT AND FORCED LABOR

    QUESTION: Does ISA and/or C-TPAT membership (by importers) factor into whether CBP details merchandise under a Forced Labor WRO?  Does membership mitigate the risk of detention, or allow for more options in case of detention?  =========== Answer: I can speak from experience that CTPAT membership, even at the highest tier, does not provide any advantage […]

  • CTPAT COMPANY RESPONSE TO CUSTOMERS

    QUESTION: We have a customer who is CTPAT certified, who recently asked our company to complete an extensive supply chain security questionnaire.  We responded that we are also CTPAT and AEO certified, and advised them to request monitoring via the SVI portal.  They came back and said they either still need us to fill out […]

  • CTPAT PROCESS AFTER TAX ID CHANGE

    QUESTION: My company was purchased by an investment company.  We changed theTax Id Number and our CEO but all other people and operations remain the same.  When I went to update my profile for CTPAT I am being told I must reapply with the new Tax ID number.  Has any company been able to change their Tax ID […]

  • CTPAT statement examples

    QUESTION: One of the new CTPAT requirements (MSC ID 1.1) is for members to demonstrate their commitment to supply chain security and the CTPAT program through a statement of support. Is anyone willing to share their company’s CTPAT statement of support? =========== Statement of Support XXXXXX, Inc. is committed to helping safeguard the American homeland […]

  • RISK ASSESSMENT VS PERIODIC TESTING

    QUESTION: I noticed the new CTPAT Trade Compliance Portal Guide (formerly ISA) makes a differentiation between performing a risk assessment and periodic testing. I had understood these to be much of the same thing, with a risk assessment being a higher level view and periodic testing to show actual results of an audit, but guide […]

  • CTPAT SUPPLIER STATEMENT

    QUESTION: Our company is not C-TPAT certified member. However, on the MSA (Master Supplier Agreement) had stating: “Supplier acknowledges that XXX is a certified member of C-TPAT.  In order to maintain it status, XXX is required to demonstrate that its suppliers develop and maintain security procedures compliant with the C-TPAT security criteria.” My question is, […]

  • CTPAT WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION

    QUESTION: We are long standing validated Ctpat members. I am curious if anyone in the group has had issues with their portal submission being accepted? For the first time our supply chain specialist has rejected nearly every single section and his comments are ” please supply written documentation supporting each answer” Some of this is […]

  • SUPPLIER C-TPAT LANGUAGE

    QUESTION: We are updating our templates for contracts and I am in need of some C-TPAT language that others may utilize when issuing contracts, purchase orders, etc.  Can anyone provide this detail of what they use or would suggest? **************** Answers: We recommend the following: Customer is a certified member of the Customs – Trade […]

  • C-TPAT PIERS/PORTS

    QUESTION: How do importer members go about contacting/auditing/questionnaires etc. for international and domestic piers/ports for C-TPAT since they form part of an importers supply chain? ========== Answers: I would follow the Minimum Security Criteria for Marine Port Authority and Terminal Operators. Otherwise do the same process as I would for importers but based on the […]

  • AEO AND CTPAT

    QUESTION: Can a company complete the Security Declaration for Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) without being C-TPAT certified? ============ Answer: of course – as well as vice-versa. The US and EU are different authorities (although there is much overlap in practice in security criteria) =========== Add’l Answers: If you mean AEO for a US company then […]