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Sea Carriers

To qualify, your company must be an active Sea carrier that transports shipments internationally (within the past year) into the United States. Your company must have an active Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) VOCC Number, an active U.S. National Motor Freight Traffic Association issued Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC), and must also possess a valid continuous international carrier bond registered with CBP.

Sea Carrier Eligibility Requirements

  1. Be an active Sea Carrier.
  2. Have a business office staffed in the United States.
  3. Have an active Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) VOCC Number in the following format: ###### FMC VOCC Number
  4. Have an active U.S. National Motor Freight Traffic Association issued Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC) in the following format: #### SCAC Code (4 Alpha Characters)
  5. Possess a valid continuous international carrier bond registered with CBP.
  6. Designate a vessel officer as liaison for CBP to contact.
  7. Have a company representative in each port where the carrier operates for CBP to contact.
  8. Commit to maintaining the CTPAT supply chain security criteria as outlined in the CTPAT Sea Carrier agreement.
  9. Create and provide CBP with a CTPAT supply chain security profile, which identifies how the Sea Carrier will meet, maintain and enhance internal policy to meet the CTPAT Sea Carrier security criteria.
Last modified: 
June 15, 2018