CTPAT Minimum Security Criteria Updated

The Minimum Security Criteria (MSC) for the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) have been updated and posted to the Public Library on the CTPAT portal. The long overdue update is meant to be reflective of the current supply chain environment and the threats facing today’s global supply chain. Issues related to cybersecurity, the protection of the supply chain from agricultural contaminants and pests, the prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing, and the proper use and management of security technology, such as intrusion alarms and security camera systems, have been incorporated into the program’s new criteria. CTPAT members are expected to implement the new criteria throughout 2019. Validations taking place in 2020 will be based upon the new MSC.

The MSC booklet includes an approach for implementing the MSC according to the following phases:

  • 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

CTPAT members are encouraged to work closely with their Supply Chain Security Specialists to ensure their security profiles are up to date in the portal and in alignment with the new security criteria.

Please contact Vandegrift if you would like a copy of the new MSC.