1. Be an active importer or a non-resident Canadian importer that has imported goods into the US within the past 12 months.
In order to be eligible for C-TPAT certification, companies must be either active importers or non-resident Canadian importers who have imported goods into the US within the last 12 months.
2. Have an active US importer of Record (IOR) number.
A valid US Importer of Record (IOR) number is required in order to apply for C-TPAT certification. The IOR number can be obtained from the US Customs and Border Protection agency.
3. Have a valid continuous bond registered with Customs and Border Control.
In order to become certified, companies must have a valid continuous bond registered with Customs and Border Control which serves as financial assurance that any applicable duties will be paid if the imported goods are found to be non-compliant or prohibited from entering the United States.
4. Operate a business office staffed in the US or Canada.
Companies must operate a business office staffed in either the United States or Canada in order to become certified under the C-TPAT program.
5. Designate a company officer who is the primary cargo officer responsible for C TPAT.
Each approved applicant must designate one of its officers as being responsible for carrying out all C-TPAT requirements. This individual will serve as the Primary Cargo Officer (PCO) and will be responsible for ensuring that all security measures are implemented and adhered to at all times throughout the supply chain process.
6. Commit to maintaining the C TPAT supply chain security criteria outlined in the C TPAT Importer Agreement.
In order to remain certified, companies must commit to maintaining the specific security criteria outlined in the C TPAT Importer Agreement. This includes conducting periodic risk assessments, implementing and monitoring security measures (such as access control, CCTV surveillance, etc.), and participating in security training programs.
7. Complete a supply chain security profile in the C TPAT portal and identify how it will develop.
Prior to becoming certified under C-TPAT, companies must complete a supply chain security profile in the CTPAT Portal which outlines their current supply chain procedures as well as identifying areas for improvement. This profile should be updated on an annual basis to ensure that all necessary changes have been made in order to remain compliant with the program's requirements.
8. Have no unpaid debt owed to CBP at the time of the application.
In order to become certified, companies must not have any outstanding debt owed to the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency at the time of the application. All relevant fees and duties must be paid in full prior to submitting an application for C-TPAT certification.