What you need to know about the updates to the C-TPAT program
Since January 2019, CBP has developed updates to the C-TPAT, which included new risk points that are presented currently in the supply chains of companies, with the aim of strengthening security by requiring more specific measures. As a result, it will be necessary to begin performing actions in a coordinated manner in order to comply with these important initiatives.
In this regard, the following list shows the background of the changes made by CBP:
The current updates derive from “New” threats against international commerce that were nonexistent, or were not so highly developed during 2001, the year that the program was created. Likewise, the updates come as part of the meetings between the CBP and their advisory committee.
From 2016 to 2018, an upgrading phase of the CTPAT Program’s Security Criteria took place.
In October 2018, the “socialization” phase concluded. The purpose of this phase was to obtain feedback from entities that were involved in the program.
In January 2019, the preparation and training phase commenced for the companies that are part of the program. This phase concludes in 2020.
The fourth phase will start in 2020, in which the members of the program will include the new criteria to their security process.
In summary, the additions of the new program will be the following: cyber-security management, the vision and responsibility of security at the corporate level, as well as agribusiness security.