How joining Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) will increase your supply chain security and reduce boarder wait times

What is C-TPAT

C-TPAT (Customs–Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) is a voluntary, joint government-business partnership led by US customs with the goal of improving the security of private companies' supply chains. There are many benefits to importers in joining this free organization such as, reduced examination times, access to Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Lanes and Assignment of a Supply Chain Security Specialist to the organization.

 C-TPAT members experience quicker entry into the US and have Supply Chain Certainty.

The benefits of joining C-TPAT include: 

  • Shorter wait times at the border 
  • Reduce border wait times
  • Avoidance of Demurrage charges (click here for more info regarding demurrage charges)
  • Assignment of a Supply Chain Security Specialist to the company 
  • Access to the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Lanes at the land borders 
  • Access to the C-TPAT web-based Portal system and a library of training materials 

How C-TPAT works:

When companies join the partnership, the company signs an agreement to work with CBP to protect their supply chain, identify security gaps, and implement specific security measures and best practices. Companies applying must also provide CBP with a security profile outlining the specific security measures the company has in place. Applicants must create action plans to improve and maintain a secure supply chain.

How Frontier can assist your organization:

Frontier’s experts are committed to improving your organizations supply chain security. They prepare and provide guidance in meeting C-TPAT guidelines by conducting a review of the following criteria:

  •  Facilities Security
  •  Operational Security
  • Cargo Conveyance
  • Document conveyance security
  • Physical security
  •  Education and security awareness training
  • Cargo security and manuals

This review enables us to prepare a security profile of your firm’s security and assists in submitting your application.

This review will improve your company’s security; enhance your reputation with customs authorities as a firm with secure and low risk supply chain; reduce inspections and faster movement through customs and enable your firm to be eligible for Free and Secure Trade (FAST) expedited release.


 To schedule your FREE C-TPAT consultation with Frontier, contact