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CTPAT Update to its Minimum Security Criteria Finalized

After over two and a half years of working with the trade community, Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program has updated its Minimum Security Criteria (MSC).

CTPAT Update to its Minimum Security Criteria Finalized

In early 2016, CBP formally requested the establishment of a Working Group from the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) to discuss and recommend updates to the program’s MSC. The MSC was updated “to ensure that it is reflective of the current supply chain environment and the threats that the global supply chain faces today.”

The Working Group was made up of 50 individuals from the private and public sectors who worked together, using their trade expertise to discuss issues and decide on necessary updates. Their collaboration resulted in a series of MSC booklets, one for each business entity type eligible for CTPAT membership. The booklets address the eligibility requirements for CTPAT as well as the MSC for each of the twelve entities. 

Each of the booklets can be found in the CTPAT Portal and will soon be available on the CTPAT website as well. The new criteria should be implemented throughout 2019 and validations on the new MSC will begin in early 2020.

If you have any questions about these changes or where to find the booklets, please reach out to our Customs Brokerage team.