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.