U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced May 18 that release of phase II of C-TPAT Portal 2.0 has been delayed and that enhancements associated with this release, including the ability to apply for C-TPAT membership as an exporter, will not be available until further notice.

According to CBP, phase II will allow active C-TPAT users to merge multiple C-TPAT accounts into a single account (called the trade account), establish relationships between accounts that have different security standards and link accounts (such as manufacturer and importer accounts) in an organization tree. Phase II will also allow exporters to submit applications for C-TPAT membership; click here for more information.

CBP has said that phases III and IV of C-TPAT portal 2.0 are still in development and currently have no fixed deployment dates. CBP envisions that this system will evolve into a trusted trader portal to allow the international trade community to register memberships in other U.S. and international trusted trader programs.

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