Download the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Key Terms Whitepaper


Use these Key Terms to assist in your understanding of CTPAT as you go through the certification process.

In order to be CTPAT certified or compliant, a supply chain partner must meet the minimum security requirements as defined by CBP (US Customs and Border Protection) by answering a set of questions. The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), in collaboration with several member companies, developed a common system to be used by automotive importers and their supply chain partners’ suppliers to comply with CTPAT requirements.

Some benefits of a common CTPAT questionnaire & corrective actions system:

  • OEMs and their partners have a common process to request, compete, and evaluate supply chain security
  • Suppliers that have multiple OEMs as customers need only answer one questionnaire
  • Threat Assessment information is available for all countries and can be evaluated by specific trade lanes
  • AIAG provides system support capabilities, answering technical and business-related questions at no cost
  • Changes to CTPAT are monitored and incorporated automatically

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