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May 14, 2015

Exporter Entity of C-TPAT Opens Application Process May 17


On May 17, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin accepting applications to the exporter entity of the Customs- Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).  The program will support export growth and increase the competitiveness of U.S. businesses.

This exporter addition is inspired by the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) which links international industry partnership programs together to create a unified and sustainable security posture that assists in securing and facilitating global cargo trade. 

The exporter entity program of C-TPAT stands to offer exporters the added benefits of:

  • Mutual Recognition Arrangements
  • Reduced examination rates and time
  • Front of the line processing
  • Business resumption
  • Access to an assigned C-TPAT Supply Chain Security Specialist
  • Eligibility to attend trainings and seminars
  • Access to C-TPAT web based portal
  • Common standards

The exporter entity program for C-TPAT comes after the rollout of phase II of the C-TPAT.  According to CBP, phase II will “restructure the security profile function into individual line items” to “prevent potential applicants from having to conduct redundant work by completing the security profile twice” and will make it possible to “merge multiple C-TPAT accounts into a single Security Model.”

For more information on C-TPAT, exporter eligibility and application visit

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