CTPAT Compliance

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 to better Border Security. Customs and Border Protection (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 U.S.

In order to be CTPAT certified or compliant, a supply chain partner must meet the minimum security requirements as defined by the CBP by answering a set of questions.

AIAG developed a common system of questionnaires to be used by automotive importers and their suppliers to comply with these CTPAT requirements. These questionnaires are tailored for each type of supply chain partner including highway, rail, ocean carriers, customs brokers, freight forwarders, 3PLs, etc.

The system created, called the Supply Chain Security Assessment System, was launched in April, 2014 and is being used my many OEMs for all of their CTPAT related activity. Benefits include:

  • Questionnaires create a common process to request, complete, and evaluate supply chain security.
  • Suppliers with multiple OEMs as customers need only to answer one questionnaire.
  • Threat Assessment information is available for all countries and can be evaluated by specific trade lanes.
  • Changes to the CTPAT program are monitored and incorporated into the system automatically.
  • All your CTPAT data is in one place with extensive reporting that makes managing the program much easier.
  • Full AIAG support for you and your supply chain partners.
  • And much more!

These OEM companies are currently participating in the Supply Chain Security Assessment System:

Participants

Current Participants

  • American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
  • General Motors Tax Staff / Global Customs
  • Honda de Mexico
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama,LLC
  • Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC
  • Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Honda of Canada Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Isuzu North America Corporation
  • Mazda North American Operations
  • Mitsubishi North America, Inc.
  • Toyota Motors North America
  • Volvo Car US Operations, Inc.

The S.C.S. Assessment simplifies administration of the entire CTPAT program, allowing companies to proactively prepare for certification, manage the program to maintain CTPAT Status, and meet requirements of CBP’s recommended 5-Step Risk Assessment Process. The assessment is a subscription based service that allows trade partners to complete one survey that's universally accepted by participants.

Contact Us To Get Started!

If you are interested in the S.C.S. Assessment and would like more information or to sign up for a free demonstration on the program, fill out the form below and an AIAG representative will contact you.