C-TPAT Foreign & Domestic Business Partners/Suppliers Requirements
“C-TPAT Foreign & Domestic Business
“Business Partners/ Suppliers” must develop and implement a comprehensive plan to enhance
documented security procedures throughout their operations based on C-TPAT criteria as stated
by U.S. Customs as follows:
Section I: Security Management System
To ensure that individuals responsible for security have been identified, that
security responsibilities have been clearly defined, that security policies and
procedures are documented, that liaison and communication protocols with law
enforcement have been established, and that random unannounced security
assessments are performed.
1. Designate manager or supervisor with security responsibilities for the company. Reflect this
in writing, such as job description or security procedure.
2. Establish written security policies and procedures to include physical security, access
controls, personnel security, education and awareness, manifest and conveyance security
and the handling of incoming and outgoing goods to identify overages and shortages or the
introduction of un-manifested or illegal goods.
3. Conduct periodic internal reviews or audits of security operations. Document the results of
4. Provide any subcontract transportation or other service providers with documented minimum
5. Assign or designate a security representative for each facility.
6. Document processes for reporting and/or investigating security-related incidents. Include any
reporting to law enforcement, if warranted.
7. Establish working relationship with local law enforcement agencies.
8. Establish internal and external communication systems to notify internal security personnel
and law enforcement in the event of a security incident.
9. Based on internal reviews or audits, establish a security improvement plan, if warranted.
Section II: Human R