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Lapse in Federal Funding Impact on CBP Website Operations Notice

NOTICE: Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on December 21, 2018 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date. Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed and we will not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.


Aviso del impacto de la interrupción de fondos federales en las operaciones del sitio web del Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés)

AVISO:  A causa de la interrupción de fondos federales, este sitio de web no será administrado activamente. La última actualización a este sitio web se realizó el 21 de diciembre de 2018 y no se harán más actualizaciones hasta que el gobierno reanude operaciones; por ende, puede que el sitio web no refleje la información más reciente. Es posible que no podamos procesar transacciones ni responder a
preguntas hasta que se reanuden operaciones.

CTPAT Best Practices

CTPAT Partners must exceed the minimum security criteria (MSC) to achieve Tier Three status.  Previously, Members exceeded the MSC by complying with specific lists of best practices that CBP published. After extensive dialogue with the trade community, CTPAT determined that this approach both did not provide clear guidance and also established best practices that quickly became industry standards.

The program, in consultation with the Trade, determined that a best practices framework created a more agile and effective process, since a framework – as opposed to a prescriptive list – allows companies to identify or build specific and unique best practices.  For CTPAT purposes, a best practice must meet all five of the following requirements. The best practices framework was tested and validated by COAC Minimum Security Criteria Working Group members.

Last modified: 
November 30, 2018