Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT)

How CTPAT works

"When an entity joins CTPAT, an agreement is made to work with CBP to protect the supply chain, identify security gaps, and implement specific security measures and best practices. Applicants must address a broad range of security topics and present security profiles that list action plans to align security throughout the supply chain."

"CTPAT members are considered to be of low-risk, and therefore less likely to be examined at a U.S. port of entry."

- CTPAT website

CTPAT - Leveraging BSI Connect SCREEN for the CTPAT 5-Step Risk Assessment Process

  CTPAT 5-Step Risk Assessment Process

The BSI Connect SCREEN Edge Solution

Step 1 Map Supplier and Business Partner Locations and cargo flow Gain full visibility of business partner locations. Plot out business partner facilities to better understand distribution and geographic risk.  Request vital information such as mode of transportation for greater transparency.
Step 2

Country Threat Assessment

Risk intelligence includes terrorism, smuggling exposures, and country risk factors that relate directly to the CTPAT program.

Step 3 Vulnerability Assessment of Business Partners Remote and on-site business partner risk assessment combined with real-time supply chain intelligence to achieve truly risk-based business partner scoring.
Step 4 Corrective Action plan Online management system enables users to identify, recommend, and track suppliers' corrective actions.
Step 5 Documented Methodology Host all relevant supply chain security documentation, protocol, policies, and pictures online for evidence of implementation.


BSI works with US and various foreign customs agencies, as well as other government agencies involved in global supply chain security and enforcement. Our history extends to our role as co-founders of the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) and development of the first – ever certified global supply chain security standard, the Freight Security Requirements (FSR). Security criteria within the FSR later served as a model for several of the CTPAT and SAFE Framework criteria standards. 

With more than 50 years of Supply Chain Security experience with government and commercial clients, our experts can help you gain and maintain certification for Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT), Partners in Protection (PIP), and EU Authorized Economic Operator (AEO).

BSI can help you through the certification process and maintain compliance. BSI’s security experts bring years of risk mitigation and CTPAT program development experience and can help in the following ways:

  • Gap Assessments - BSI’s expert advisors will assess the current state of your CTPAT program and provide pragmatic recommendations to achieve or maintain certification. Your company will walk away with a clear roadmap for implementing the changes needed to secure your supply chain.
  • Program Development - BSI will develop the policies, procedures, and assessments needed to comply with the new CTPAT requirements. BSI’s advisors will work with your team to generate supply chain security policies, five-step risk assessments, and supplier oversight and monitoring programs as required by the CTPAT Minimum Security Criteria.
  • Training - Training is an essential part of the CTPAT Minimum Security Criteria, and BSI’s training courses cover all needs and competencies required by CTPAT. Courses can be targeted towards management, warehouse employees, or all employees and are delivered in a variety of formats, from classroom and e-learning to hands-on training in a warehouse or distribution center environment.
  • Pre-Validation Assistance - CTPAT validations require significant amounts of effort from all members of your CTPAT team, and BSI will help ensure that the entire process runs smoothly. BSI’s pre-validation assistance includes a mock validation to prepare employees at the site, coordination of preparation activities, and recommendations to help meet the CTPAT criteria and handle issues that may occur during a validation or re-validation.
  • Screen Connect - Description: There are 5 steps for the CTPAT certification process. Having BSI Connect Screen can help you get CTPAT certified.  BSI Connect Screen - fulfills 3 of the 5 required Steps. BSI Connect Edge - fulfills 5 of the 5 required steps.