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C-TPAT Participation, Validations Continue to Slow

Thursday, November 07, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has made available statistics concerning participation in and operations of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program as of Nov. 1. These statistics show that the number of new C-TPAT participants continues to slow and that the pace of validations completed under the program is declining as well.

The 10,675 certified C-TPAT partners represented a gain of 163 from April. No new importers joined the list (the number remains at 4,338), but eight more were certified for tier 3 benefits, bringing the total to 335. Other participants included 3,135 carriers (up 78), 1,349 foreign manufacturers (up 52), 939 consolidators and third-party logistics providers (up 24), 854 customs brokers (up 9), and 60 marine port authorities and terminal operators (unchanged).

CBP has now completed 23,855 total C-TPAT validations (up 1,363 from April) but the annual trend has declined from about 2,900 in 2011 to 2,376 in 2012 to 1,626 in 2013. There have been 12,129 total initial validations (up 354), including 432 in 2013 (down from 640 in 2012). There have also been 11,726 revalidations (up 1,009), including 1,194 in 2013 (compared to 1,736 in 2012).

No additional mutual recognition arrangements between C-TPAT and foreign supply chain security programs have been concluded since April to join those in place with New Zealand, Canada, Jordan, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the European Union. CBP is continuing its mutual recognition projects with Singapore, Israel, China, Mexico and Switzerland but has not added any other partners to that list. Ghana and Kenya have joined Malaysia, the Philippines, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and India as countries with which CBP is engaged in technical assistance projects.

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