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New C-TPAT Minimum Security Criteria Changes Take Effect in 2020

Posted December 12, 2019

Importers and other members of the trade community are reminded that recent updates to the minimum security criteria (MSC) for participants in the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program will become effective on January 1, 2020.

These changes were first announced last May in a series of bulletins outlining the specific new requirements for each of the 12 types of entities eligible for C-TPAT.

Criteria Changes

U.S. Customs and Border Protection indicates that enhancements to the MSC requirements were required to help address the most prevalent and evolving security threats. To that end, the new criteria applicable across the supply chain to each eligible entity group include the following areas of focus:

  • Management commitment to a culture of security throughout the organization, including education, training, and awareness.
  • Cybersecurity and protection for social engineering threats regarding the trade data they store or exchanges throughout the supply chain.
  • Agricultural security against contamination and pests.
  • Prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing in trade areas.

Implementation & Compliance

All CTPAT members are expected to comply with the updated MSC effective January 1, 2020, regardless of whether or not they are scheduled for a validation that year.

CBP notes, however, that while validations under the updated MSC will commence in early 2020, most members will not undergo a validation that year because they are on a four-year validation cycle.

Need More Information?

Additional information regarding the criteria changes and the C-TPAT program is available here.

Should you have any questions about the benefits of joining C-TPAT and how we can help your business to strengthen international supply chains and improve U.S. border security, don’t hesitate to contact us – our trade experts are here to help.


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