CTPAT updates in January

Effective on January 1, 2020, the minimum security criteria for members of CTPAT will be updated. The changes are not openly available to the general public for security reasons, but members can view the full set of updates via CTPAT’s online portal. New criteria will cover the following areas:

  • Management’s continued commitment to a culture of security throughout the organization
  • Cyber security and protection for social engineering threats regarding the trade data they store or exchanges throughout the supply chain
  • Agricultural security against contamination and pests across borders
  • Financial protection and prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing in trade areas

Members are advised to work with their partners, suppliers, factories and representatives to determine who might need to invest in security or technology upgrades to remain compliant in the new criteria across the whole of the supply chain. Look at the current level of compliance and update as fit to cover the new criteria. US Customs and Border Patrol suggests that members start immediately, preparing and implementing the updates and new criteria to be ready for 2020, even if they aren’t scheduled for a validation in 2020. It’s crucial to start early with training and upgrades so there is nothing hanging over the new year. We at Everglory are working diligently to be ready well in advance of the deadline in an effort to protect our standing and be prepared for the first day of 2020. We agree with the directive that all members of CTPAT should communicate openly with all partners to ensure everyone in the supply chain is ready to work together to protect against terrorism.

STR Trade advises the following implementation schedule via CBP for members to start working towards compliance:

CTPAT members will have the rest of 2019 to implement the new MSC internally, and CBP recommends that they do so under the following phased approach.

  • Phase 1 – cybersecurity, conveyance and IIT security, and seal security
  • Phase 2 – education, training, and awareness; business partner security; risk assessment
  • Phase 3 – security vision and responsibility, physical security, physical access controls
  • Phase 4 – agricultural security, personnel security, procedural security

We encourage everyone to take the necessary steps to get ready for these updates.