C-TPAT stands for Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. This distinguished certification recognizes the company’s commitment to a rigorous set of standards that contribute to protecting U.S. borders.
An applicant only earns C-TPAT certification after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) carefully reviews and approves that company’s policies and procedures. C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security.
“Through this initiative, ICAT guarantees the integrity of our security practices and communicates our security guidelines and procedures to our business partners throughout the supply chain,” explains ICAT CEO, Rick Campbell.
C-TPAT certification status gives peace of mind to our customers, for they know that ICAT is a certified member of their supply chain.
“Customers who are C-TPAT certified want all parties throughout the supply chain to be members of C-TPAT,” explains Ginger Bartlett, ICAT’s Executive Director of Agency Relations. “Whether imports cross our borders by ground, ocean, or air, we want to make sure everyone in the supply chain is security-minded.”
The C-TPAT designation also sends a message to any overseas associates that ICAT is extremely security-minded, and sets the highest standards. Gaining the C-TPAT certification is a major step in helping to ensure national security. With it comes the responsibility on part of ICAT, and all other companies with the C-TPAT status, to maintain the high standards set by U.S. Customs and Board Protection to retain certification.