U.S. CBP recently began the process of sharing the proposed new minimum security criteria (MSC) for the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program. The new MSC have been in the works for two years, and this is the first revision since they were created 16 years ago.

The current “Minimum Security Criteria Workbook for Importers” is available to all existing members through the CTPAT Portal. Workbooks for additional entity types are also available via the CTPAT Portal; however, this blogpost will focus on Importer criteria.

Members have until the end of October 2018 to review and submit their feedback. CBP plans to evaluate the feedback to determine if further modifications are needed before finalizing the new MSC. It is expected that in early 2019, the new MSC will be rolled out in a phased approach as CBP takes the time to educate the trade and prioritize feasibility.

Later this fall U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plans to begin the phased rollout of a new Trusted Trader program.

 

About the new program

In its original 2016 Trusted Trader Framework Strategy, CBP shared the three main pillars of the program: “The strategy for a Trusted Trader framework is based on a continuum of activity [ . . . ]that demonstrates the highest level of commitment in practice to security, compliance, and partnership within the global supply chain.”

The security and compliance components will be achieved by integrating the existing Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program with the re-engineered Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) program. The third component, partnership, is an ongoing initiative on the part of CBP, as the agency continues to collaborate with partner government agencies (PGAs) such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), among others. One key partner has been the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), which has been instrumental in working with CBP to help design the Trusted Trader program. Overall, the goal is a “whole of government” approach to supply chain security and trade compliance.

On August 14-15, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) hosted its 2018 Trade Symposium in Atlanta, GA. During the conference, the agency provided insight on its current trade strategy as well as emerging priorities and trends, which will be the agency’s focus in the coming year. Below are several key areas of concentration.