CTPAT – Supply Chain Security Compliance

NEW required Minimum-Security Criteria (MSC) was rolled out in 2020 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection under the CTPAT Program.

What is CTPAT?

Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) is a federal government program set up by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that allows companies shipping goods and materials into the country to become certified as a low-risk security threat. Certification means that cargo can move more quickly through US customs checkpoints.

These voluntary government sponsored initiatives such as CTPAT, Organización de los Estados Americanos OEA Mexico, Authorized Economic Operator AEO Europe and Asia and Partners in Protection (PIP) are cooperative programs aimed at strengthening and improving international supply chains for better border security. CBP is one of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the US.

In order to be CTPAT certified or compliant, a supply chain partner must meet the Minimum-Security requirements as defined by CBP by answering a set of questions applied via a questionnaire.

What is AIAG's CTPAT/Supply Chain Security Program?

AIAG, in collaboration with OEMs and suppliers, has developed a common system to be used by automotive importers and their supply chain business partners to comply with CTPAT requirements. This is the first common industry CTPAT questionnaire along with associated corrective actions based on the updated Minimum-Security Criteria (MSC) required by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Questionnaires are tailored for each type of supply chain business partner, including foreign manufacturers, highway, rail, air, and sea carriers, plus more.

Benefits include:

  • Changes to the CTPAT program by CBP are monitored and incorporated into the system automatically.
  • Common questionnaires are available for different partner types along with their associated corrective actions.
  • Extensive data security capability.
  • Global Threat Assessment information is available for all countries and can be evaluated by specific trade lanes.
  • Importers and their supply chain business partners have a common process to request, complete, and evaluate supply chain security.
  • Named as Best Practice by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
  • New Minimum-Security Criteria published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection is developed by AIAG into common partner type questionnaires, which are reviewed and approved by all subscribed importers.
  • Reporting capability can be used when conducting supplier security validations and as material supplied to CBP to provide supporting supply chain security documentation.
  • Suppliers that have multiple importers as customers need only answer one questionnaire.
  • NEW
  • Business Partner questionnaire’s information is tagged to help the automotive importers visually identify and track their supply chain risks.

And much more!

Coming soon:

  • Heat map that shows the location of each partner on a geographical map, similar to the display on Google Maps.

These importers are participating in the CTPAT/Supply Chain Security Program:


Current Importers

  • Adient USA LLC
  • American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
  • Cooper Standard North America Division
  • General Motors
  • Honda Canada Inc.
  • Honda de Mexico
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC
  • Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC
  • Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Honda of Canada Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Honda Trading America Corporation
  • Isuzu North America Corporation
  • Mazda North American Operations
  • Mazda North American Operations, Huntsville
  • Mitsubishi North America, Inc.
  • Volvo Car US Operations, Inc.
  • Yanfeng Automotive Interiors

The CTPAT/Supply Chain Security Program questionnaire simplifies administration of the entire CTPAT program, allowing companies to proactively prepare for certification, manage the program to maintain CTPAT Status, and comply with CBP’s recommended 5-Step Risk Assessment Process. The CTPAT/Supply Chain Security Program is a subscription-based service that allows trade partners to complete one questionnaire that's universally accepted by all participants.

Contact Us To Get Started!

If you are interested in the CTPAT/Supply Chain Security Program and would like more information or a free demonstration of the program, fill out the form below and an AIAG representative will contact you.


CTPAT SYSTEM TOOL TRAINING: CTPAT training is available upon request for subscribers and their business partners (full supply chain). Training is available in English and Spanish.

ACE Reporting Demonstration for EXPORT
ACE Reporting Demonstration for IMPORT

Additional Resources

Project Lead: Myriam G. Cronk - AIAG

1-248-358-3003 E-mail