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.