Supply Chain Security Consulting

Streamline your CTPAT journey

The Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) is a government/private sector partnership focused on protecting supply chains from concealment of terrorist weapons, contraband, and other items that threaten U.S. security.

However, knowing how to become or remain compliant with the programme’s minimum security criteria (MSC) may be overwhelming. We can help. Trust our supply chain security experts to enhance your operations' resilience and compliance through CTPAT.

Determine if the CTPAT programme is right for you

By joining this voluntary programme, not only do you experience a more secure supply chain, CTPAT members can realise additional benefits.

  • Risk mitigation
  • Reduced penalties
  • Faster border crossings
  • Dedicated representative
  • CBP targeting system credit

  • Streamlined operations
  • Enhanced security of freight
  • Lower risk of loss, damage, theft
  • Increased supply chain performance
  • Optimised internal/external asset management

Get help with CTPAT certification

There are several requirements to become CTPAT certified. C.H. Robinson offers the following services to help your company navigate the process to achieve and maintain certification. Don’t see a service listed here? Our trade policy team may be able to customise our CTPAT consulting services to fit your needs.

Business partner evaluation

C.H. Robinson will evaluate your company’s nominated business partners. Any companies that have not provided proof of participation in CTPAT or a mutually recognised foreign security initiative will complete a tailored C.H. Robinson CTPAT Evaluation Questionnaire and, where necessary, a corrective action request.

Policy and procedure review

C.H. Robinson consultants will review copies of your policies, procedures and other documentation from your security programme to confirm they are current and adhere to CTPAT standards. If your procedures do not meet CTPAT requirements, C.H. Robinson will help to develop or update them, as necessary.

Risk Assessment

Detailed assessments evaluate risks that addresses external threats against your company’s supply chain security procedures—terrorism, smuggling, organized crime, and other factors—and how your company and/or foreign suppliers will respond to these types of challenges.

Security Profile support

If your company is new to the CTPAT programme, we can help to develop your Security Profile to CBP’s requirements. If you already participate in the programme, trust our experts to review your Security Profile for continuous improvement updates.

Validation meeting preparation and support

Validation meetings with CBP require ample preparation, both by company personnel and through evidence of implementation of your programme. C.H. Robinson can help your U.S. and/or foreign locations feel confident about upcoming validation meeting(s).

CTPAT training

Ensure your company personnel are fully aware of their responsibilities for compliance with CTPAT procedures. C.H. Robinson can develop customised training materials and conduct educational sessions for relevant departments.

Ad Hoc CTPAT support

Achieving CTPAT certification is not the end of your participation in the programme. Instead, treat CTPAT as a continuous improvement programme and if necessary, get ad hoc support for implementing ongoing changes and updates to strengthen your existing programme.

Protect your supply chain. Get started today.

Join the thousands of companies participating in and benefiting from the CTPAT programme. Our experts are ready to help.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What is required to become CTPAT certified?

To become CTPAT certified, you must:

  • Meet Minimum Security Criteria (MSC) for your specific business type
  • Perform documented risk assessments to identify vulnerabilities
  • Document formal procedures to achieve and monitor CTPAT security standards
  • Communicate this information to CBP as part of your Security Profile

Q: What are the ongoing expectations of certified CTPAT members?

Once CTPAT certified, you must:

  • Within 1 year of certification: Host CBP validation meeting to confirm all practices and procedures are implemented
  • Annually: Update Security Profile
  • Every 3-5 years: Host CBP revalidation meetings to confirm all practices and procedures remain in place

Q: What are the differences in CTPAT tiers?

There are three participation tiers in the CTPAT programme. All participants will fall into one tier based on how far they are in the process:

  • Tier 1: CBP approves certification into the CTPAT programme.
  • Tier 2: Participant successfully completed validation meeting process.
  • Tier 3: Participant exceeds requirements and demonstrates best business practices.