In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a voluntary cargo security program was established: The Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Program was established. CTPAT is an integral component of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s
(CBP) layered enforcement strategy, which takes a risk-based approach to supply chain security.
CTPAT has become one of the largest public-private partnerships to enhance supply chain security in the world, with more than 11,000 members. Current membership is comprised of long-haul Highway Carriers, Exporters, Customs Brokers, Consolidators, Highway Carriers, Importers, Rail Carriers, Air Carriers, Marine Port Authority and Terminal Operators, Sea Carriers, Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs), and Foreign Manufacturers.
Once a program like CTPAT is organized and improves over a course of time, it is imperative for organizations to stop and review the program to ensure that it is delivering on its goals and objectives. CBP involved several organizations to take this step and create an assessment that involves industry and government staff involved in the present program and deliver back its findings.
The assessment had four primary objectives:
These include both tangible and intangible benefits.
Interestingly, all Member types realize the following benefits:
Several other important items are captured in the report that are worth the time to review such as present-day challenges to the program, the validation process as well as the number of tiers 1, 2 and 3 importers, all of the key findings are available in the report for review.