About C-TPAT?

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a voluntary supply-chain security program led by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (US-CBP) focused on improving the security of private companies’ supply chains with respect to terrorism. The program was launched in November 2001 with seven initial participants, all large U.S. companies. As of latest report, the program had 11,400 members. The 4,315 importers in the program account for approximately 54% of the value of all merchandise imported into the U.S.

CTPAT Complaint Program (CCP)

About KBS’s CTPAT Compliant Program

TheKBS’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Compliant Program (CCP) is structured on Supply Chain Risk Assessment (SSRA) module of C-TPATCertification where an organization would be inspected on the framework of C-TPAT (World Customs Organization WCO, Safe Framework) on the Minimum Security Criteria, which is recognized and accepted by the US importers.

Since this is a flagship conventional compliance program so it is also offered to all the outside entity connected with US supply chain hence there is no registration on the CTPAT portal which is meant for USentityonly.KBS has also aimed while developing this framework for organizations to achieve Ease of Doing Business.

Why KBS’s CTPAT Compliant Program?

Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) Certified Importer in the USA are required to work only with CTPAT Complaint Entity to protect their supply chain from any probable security breach.

Organizations from the countries that are not having an MRA mutual level agreement signed with the USA are facing the profound issue of meeting this obligatory requirement.

So KBS, being a leading Inspection, Audit, and Certification body form past 16+ years it has designed a CTPAT Complaint Program that is based precisely on the CTPAT requirement under risk assessment and has been widely accepted because of its framework. 

Who are Eligible and can participate?

Companies outside USA and also enrolled inPIP, OAE, AEO (Tier I, Tier II,Tier III, LO) certified entity can achieve CTPAT Compliant Certification. Any active business entity going for CTPAT Compliant Certification form KBS shall have a documented process for determining and alleviating risk throughout their international supply chain. This allows companies to be considered low risk, resulting in expedited processing of their cargo, including fewer customs examinations.

Organization which are playing a key role in US supply chain are eligible for becoming CTPAT compliant.

  1. Consolidators (Freight consolidators, ocean transportation intermediaries and non-vessel operating common carriers)
  2. Marine port authority and terminal operators
  3. Foreign manufacturers (APAC countries, Middle East)
  4. Third-party logistics providers 3LP
  5. Customs brokers
  6. Customs House Agent (CHA)
  7. US Exporters
  8. US/Canada and US/Mexico cross-border highway carriers
  9. Rail carriers
  10. Sea carriers
  11. Air carriers

CTPAT Compliant Benefits…  

CTPAT Complaint Partners enjoy a variety of benefits, including taking an active role in working closer with the U.S. CTPAT Importer in its war against terrorism and safeguarding their supply chain. As they do this, Compliance holder are able to better identify their own security vulnerabilities and take corrective actions to mitigate risks. Some of the benefits of the program include:

  • Minimize the Risk in the Supply chain
  • Reduced number of CBP examinations
  • CTPAT Certified US importer choose CTPAT COMPLIANT as well as India AEO Approvedpartner.
  • Reduce the probability that the CBP will conduct any inspections and there will be an exemption from Stratified Exams.
  • Access to the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Lanes at the land borders
  • Market Credibility
  • Competitor Benefits 
  • Reduction of Front of line inspection.
  • Possible exemption from Stratified Exams
  • Shorter wait times at the border
  • Assignment of a Supply Chain Security Specialist to the company
  • Possibility of enjoying additional benefits by being recognized as a trusted trade Partner by foreign Customs administrations that have signed Mutual Recognition with the United States
  • Business resumption priority following a natural disaster or terrorist attack
  • Priority consideration at CBP’s industry-focused Centers of Excellence and Expertise.

How to Become CTPAT Complaint by KBS?

CTPAT Compliance certified from KBS Certification takes a lot of effort on the company’s part and basically has three steps.

The basic process of getting KBS CTPAT Complaint certification is as follows –

  1. In the first step the company is expected to conduct a complete security 5 Stage risk assessment and document the entire process.
  2. The company thereafter has to submit a basic application via the KBS CTPAT system
  3. The third step for the company is to complete a supply chain security profile which explains how the company meets CTPAT’s minimum security measures.

CTPAT Compliant Process

CTPAT Compliantsecurity assessment criteria Pillars (MSC, Minimum Security Criteria)

  1. Business Partners
  2. Container and Trailer Security
  3. Risk Assessment
  4. Physical Security
  5. Physical Access Controls
  6. Procedural Security
  7. Personnel Security
  8. Security Training and Threat Awareness
  9. Information Technology Security

Do you know this?

How frequently shipments are inspected

C-TPAT Compliant: 1 in 7

NON C-TPAT Compliant: 1 in 1

How frequently trucks are inspected

C-TPAT Compliant: 1 in 30

NON C-TPAT Compliant: 1 in 9


Why KBS CTPAT Compliant Program?

KBS is a leading organization in Inspection and Certification with over 15 years of experience. It has over 7000+ of active client base. KBS is an active interested party in US as well a global Supply Chain. KBS has a highly experienced Supply Chain Security Auditor/CTPAT Specialist. If your company is not located in United States of America but its active International Supply Chain where the end customer is in USA, so there a voluntary need to have CTPAT Compliance certification to get Fast Lane benefits while getting in US.

*Please note that this is a compliance program developed by KBS on CTPAT guidelines and SAFE framework.

KBS is not directly or indirectly related to customs or US CBP so it takes no responsibility for any issues that may occur at foreign ports.

How do eligible companies apply to enroll in KBS CTPAT Compliance Program?

Eligible Entity must apply to participate in CTPAT Compliant Program.

Participants complete an online electronic well downloadable pdf application on https://kbscertification.com.

After successfully applying on the portal, our team will get in touch to assist you further.

Is KBS Certification related to Customs or US CBP?

This is a voluntary-based third party fully independent inspection, there is no role of respective cross border entity, country’s customs or US CBP. Certification of compliance only state that the following organization was following the desired requirement which was validated on the day of inspection.

How many days are required to Process the certification?

KBS CTPAT Compliance Program generally depends on the type of the business such as entity could importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, or manufacturers. Since the inspection has to take place onsite, but due to pandemic it been performed virtually for the safety of the client and out team. Completion of the program can usually take between 7-10 working days which include audit and post-audit activity. CTPATCompliance is a voluntary public-private sector partnership program which recognizes that CBP can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the principal stakeholders of the international supply chain

What happens if a company fails to meet the CTPAT minimum security criteria or guidelines?

KBS CTPAT Compliant Program is designed in a manner to certify security profiles and security information provided by CTPAT partners in US lands. Enhance validation selection approach using risk factors, and expand the scope and volume of CTPAT validations.

Systematize the requirements for CTPAT self-policing tool, and implement the process for the submission of the CTPAT periodic self-assessment. Require participants to engage and leverage all business partners within their supply chains. Develop the CTPAT secure communication platform. Conduct antiterrorism training seminars and targeted outreach for certified partners and the trade community. Share information and security best practices with the membership. Develop minimum security criteria,especially applicable to point of origin, point of stuffing and smarter, more secure cargo containers. Provide expedited processing benefits to CTPAT partners.

Which companies should be certified according to CTPAT?

The partners include U.S. importers/exporters, U.S., highway carriers, rail and sea carriers, Customs brokers, marine port authority/terminal operators, freight consolidators, ocean transportation intermediaries and non‐operating common carriers, Organization under AEO program can also apply for the program.

Which application could get rejected?

The CTPAT complaint program application can be rejected in the following cases:

  1. Applicant is not eligible for the CTPAT status in accordance with eligibility criteria.
  2. Applicant provided any misleading information.
  3. Black listed organization under court of law



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