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:

  • Importers and their supply chain business partners have a common process to request, complete, and evaluate supply chain security compliance.
  • Named as Best Practice by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
  • New Minimum-Security Criteria published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection is developed by AIAG into common partner type questionnaires, which are reviewed and approved by several importers.
  • Reporting capability can be used when conducting supplier security validations and as material supplied to CBP to provide supporting supply chain security documentation.
  • Suppliers that have multiple importers as customers need only answer one questionnaire.
  • Threat Assessment information is available for all countries and can be evaluated by specific trade lanes.
  • And much more!

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