What is C-TPAT?

Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a business initiative developed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

This program aims to strengthen international supply chains and improve United States border security.

C-TPAT audit

The date of C-TPAT implementation was April 16, 2002. If you are selling into big retail stores in the U.S., C-TPAT compliance is often required and applies to the following industries:

  • U.S. Importer
  • Air Carrier
  • Ocean Carrier
  • Rail Transport Carrier
  • Cargo Contractor
  • Non-Shipping Public Transport Company
  • U.S. Local Port Authority
  • Terminal Operator
  • Overseas Manufacturer
  • Warehouse Operator

Find out more about different retailer requirements on our Vendor Compliance page.

Pro QC’s Solutions

Depending on your compliance strategy, we support your quality and compliance teams with the following services:

Pro QC’s Offering Description
C-TPAT Audit
  • Conduct an audit and perform an on-site risk assessment
  • Provide audit report and risk grading
Corrective Actions
  • Establish a corrective action plan
  • Follow-up and verify corrective action implementation
Supplier Development & Facilitation
  • Provide supplier training and facilitation
  • Assist the supplier to establish the necessary procedures and documents.
Supplier Management
  • Create a supplier audit program
  • Manage supplier C-TPAT compliance performance and risk level
  • Proactive vendor follow-up & facilitation
  • Scheduling subsequent maintenance audits based on supplier risk level
  • Technical project management and comprehensive reporting

Use the contact form above or at the bottom of the page to let us know how we can assist.

C-TPAT Audit

C-TPAT Compliance Audit

Pro QC’s C-TPAT Audit follows the established C-TPAT requirements for security. We assess facility security, identify the necessary corrective actions, and provide recommendations to improve weaknesses in the organization’s security practices.

C-TPAT Compliance Criteria

  • Records and Documentation
  • Personnel Security
  • Physical Security
  • Information Access Controls
  • Storage and Distribution
  • Contractor Controls
  • Export Logistics
  • Transparency in Supply Chain

C-TPAT audit process

Other SCS Compliance Standards

GSV Compliance Audit

The Global Security Verification (GSV) Standard is a program developed by Intertek to help international merchants as well as distributors establish and improve their global security-verification process. The aim is to provide safety assurance, risk control, efficiency, and cost savings for all participants.

GSV Compliance Audit

Other Factory Compliance Solutions

Factories have a range of local and global best practices and compliance standards to consider when aiming to be a reliable manufacturing partner. If a particular standard is not listed here, visit our Factory and Supplier Audits page to explore our wide range of supplier management services. Our team has the relevant experience to provide a bespoke approach or solution to meet any validation or certification requirement.

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