New CTPAT Minimum Security Criteria

Blog originally posted on 21/01/2020 04:17 PM

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On November 27, 2019 Customs uploaded the final version of the new CTPAT Minimum Security Criteria (MSC) into their webpage and the CTPAT Portal. This is the culmination of a three-year effort to update the CTPAT criteria to fulfill legal mandates, adjust to a changing trade landscape, apply lessons learned, and adapt to ever-evolving terrorism and criminal threats.

The CTPAT MSC has been restructured into 12 security criteria categories and there are three new criteria categories:

  • Security Vision and Responsibility
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Agriculture Security
Within each of the categories there are criteria that have remained the same, criteria that are new, and criteria that have been enhanced.

For example, within the Procedural Security criteria category there is a new criterion to inspect cargo staging areas for visible pest contamination on a regular basis. In addition, the criteria for having accurate weights and measures on bills of lading has been upgraded from recommended to required.

Earlier this year Customs said they expected CTPAT members to transition to the new MSC in 2019. With the release of the final version the new MSC, they re-affirmed that they expected current members to comply in January 2020. Since members are on a four year-validation cycle, most members will not undergo a re-validation in 2020.

Tradewin has completed a detailed analysis of the changes to the CTPAT MSC. We are well prepared to help current CTPAT members understand the criteria changes and identify areas they need to address to become compliant. We can also manage the CTPAT application process for prospective members.

As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any customs compliance questions.

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Topics: CTPAT, North America

Blog originally posted on 21/01/2020 04:17 PM

Andrew Bodien, Senior Consultant

Written by Andrew Bodien, Senior Consultant

Andrew joined Tradewin in 2010 after more than a decade of experience as a Customs Broker for Expeditors International. As a consultant, he offers expertise in compliance data analysis, system development, reporting, project management, and education of compliance subjects. Combining all these aspects, he has been playing a lead role in CTPAT as well as key valuation and reconciliation projects. Andrew is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is a US Licensed Customs Broker. Andrew can be reached at 503-863-2625.