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Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism

Specializing in C-TPAT consulting in Mexico, Central America and South America for individuals or business entities

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Warehousing, Supply Chain and Information Security Management.

We specialize in all types of security consulting services for both individuals or business entities

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C-TPAT services by Special Operations Investigation

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), is a voluntary supply chain security program led by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and focused on improving the security of private companies' supply chains with respect to terrorism. Special Operations Investigation provides C-TPAT Certification and Project Management, we focus on the following services within the customs-trade partnership against terrorism.

  • Initial Reviews
  • Annual Security Survey
  • Warehousing
  • Threat Assessment
  • C-TPAT Certification and Project Management


    1. How can I expedite border crossings and minimize the risk of delays and inspections?

    One way is to become Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)- certified. Studies show that the border-crossing process is much smoother and you’re far less likely to be examined by U.S. Customs if you’re C-TPAT-certified.

    2. What is C-TPAT?

    C-TPAT is a voluntary United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) initiative supported by the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The initiative forges voluntary cooperative relationships between the CBP and organizations like importers, carriers, brokers and manufacturers who agree to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate their security guidelines to trading and supply chain partners.

    The goal of the anti-terror partnership is to protect supply chains, identify security gaps and implement specific measures to strengthen border security and keep the United States safe. The initiative is based on the premise that Customs can better protect the public with the cooperation of supply chain owners.

    3. Am I eligible for C-TPAT certification?

    Currently, the following types of businesses involved in import/export supply chain cargo handling and movement can participate in the program: importers, U.S./Canada highway carriers, U.S./Mexico highway carriers, rail, sea and air carriers, licensed U.S. customs brokers, warehouse operators and manufacturers, U.S. Marine Port Authority and Terminal operators, Mexican manufacturers, certain invited foreign manufacturers, U.S. Air freight consolidators, ocean transport intermediaries and non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCC).

    4. How do I get certified?
    If you want to participate in C-TPAT, you have to complete an online electronic application found at that includes corporate information, a supply chain security profile, and acknowledgment of an agreement to voluntarily participate. You’ll also have to conduct a comprehensive self-assessment of your supply chain security procedures using C-TPAT security criteria.

    5. What if I don’t want to go through the certification process myself? What are my options?

    If you don’t want to go through the certification process for your business, you can turn cross-border activities over to a C-TPAT-certified partner. As part of the continuing evolution of the C-TPAT program, a new enrollment category was created in 2008 to certify third parties who demonstrate a commitment to improving supply chain and cargo security.

    By working with a certified partner, you’re assured that your goods will be transported safely and securely throughout North America. For example, Ryder supports C-TPAT importers and foreign manufacturers from hundreds of locations across North America and is certified for logistics operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Asia. In addition, Ryder works closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and component agencies like U.S. Customs and Border Protection to continuously improve border and cargo security.

    Could participation in C-TPAT benefit your organization? Is your third-party logistics provider C-TPAT certified? Would you like to find out more?
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