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Obligations about the new CTPAT 2020´s Minimum Security Criteria

Obligations about the new CTPAT 2020 ´ s Minimum Security Criteria

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP), updated the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program, including new risks scopes currently present in the supply chain, with the purpose to strengthen security in the specific areas. These changes came into effect on January 2020.


  • The updates made derive from “new” threats to international commerce that did not exist or did not appear as developed in 2001, the year in which the program began, and are part of the results of CBP’s conversations with its advisory committee.
  • From 2016 to 2018, a phase of modernization of the security criteria of the CTPAT Program began.
  • In October 2018, the “socialization” phase concluded, which aimed to generate feedback among the entities involved in the program.
  • In January 2019, the preparation and training phase began for the companies participating in the program. This phase ended in 2020.
  • In 2020, the fourth phase began, in which the program’s partners will need to include the proposed new criteria in their security processes.

In summary, the following standards that were added to the program are:

  1. Cybersecurity;
  2. Security vision and responsibility; and
  3. Agricultural security.

Likewise, updates were made to the security criteria of the standards: Seal security; Conveyance and Instruments of International Traffic Security; Education, Training, and Awareness.

In this sense, companies that have a CTPAT program or intend to be part of said program will have the following obligations:

NOTE: By official provision of CBP, the CTPAT Security Profile Portal will be temporarily suspended for any update and/or application from January 01 to June 01, 2020. This, in order for CBP to update the page and adapt it for compliance and control of new requirements.

However, the following dates must be considered:

From January to February 2020. In the event that the security profile expires in March, April or May 2020 In the event that the security profile expires after June 2020.
1) The member must make sure to complete and submit his security profile in its anniversary date. 1)     The member should disregard the expiration date and will complete and send the security profile after June 01 of 2020, when the new security profile is done. 1) The member must continue with their usual anniversary date, updating their security profile.
2) The member subject to this event will not need to answer the new security profile questions until January or February 2021. 2) They must answer the new questions of the security profile.
3) He will not need to answer the new security profile questions in June 2020.
4)In January and February 2021, the member will need to answer the news security profile questions, when the profile is due.

One of the requirements of both the CTPAT authorization is the guarantee of continuity.