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Exporters

Definition

For CTPAT purposes, an exporter is defined as:

A person or company who, as the principal party in interest in the export transaction, has the power and responsibility for determining and controlling the sending of the items out of the United States.

Exporter Entity Eligibility Requirements

Entities that wish to participate in the CTPAT Exporter program must meet with the program’s definition of an Exporter as well as meet with the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be an active U.S. Exporter out of the United States.
  2. Have a business office staffed in the U.S.
  3. Be an active U.S. Exporter with a documentable
    1. Employer Identification Number (EIN), or
    2. Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number.
  4. Have a documented export security program and a designated officer or manager who will act as the CTPAT program main point of contact.  Additionally the participant should have an alternate point of contact should the designated point of contact be unavailable.
  5. Commit to maintaining the CTPAT supply chain security criteria as outlined in the CTPAT Exporter agreement.
  6. Create and provide CBP with a CTPAT supply chain security profile which identifies how the Exporter will meet, maintain, and enhance internal policy to meet the CTPAT Exporter security criteria.
  7. In order to be eligible the Exporter must have an acceptable level of compliance for export reporting for the latest 12-month period and be in good standing with U.S. Regulatory Bodies such as: Department of Commerce, Department of State, Department of Treasury, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Department of Defense.
Last modified: 
June 14, 2018