Meeting Critical C-TPAT Challenges: Certification and Beyond

Strategies to Ensure Compliance and to Tighten Cargo Security

Recording of a 100-minute webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Program Materials

This seminar will offer security managers experienced and real-world alternatives for dealing with critical C-TPAT challenges — from self-assessing to getting an initial validation to maintaining compliance with Customs' requirements.


More than 8,600 companies are now enrolled in the U.S. Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, or C-TPAT program, and more than 2,400 have been validated or revalidated in 2008 alone. Staying in C-TPAT is no walk in the park: more than 230 companies have been suspended at least temporarily.

This program, which allows importer and supply chain companies to clear Customs faster in exchange for tightening security oversight, is replete with challenges both for those seeking new certification and for those with several years of C-TPAT experience.

Experiences of security leaders at certified companies are invaluable in educating your security staff to the program's realities, starting with obtaining certification all the way through ongoing compliance.

Listen as our panel of corporate security leaders from member companies and C-TPAT consultants offers you alternatives for dealing with critical challenges, from self-assessing to getting an initial validation to staying in Customs' good graces later.



  1. A Brief Overview Of C-PAT Program Framework And Requirements
    1. Application review
    2. Certification
    3. Validation process (within one year)
      1. Domestic and foreign visit
      2. Review of security profile submitted at application
    4. Annual self-assessment
    5. Revalidation (within three years)
      1. Foreign visit at alternate location
      2. What causes a failed validation/revalidation?
  2. Best Practices And Considerations For Certification And Validation
    1. Best practices for application preparation/submission
    2. C-TPAT’s requirements for initial certification
      1. Business partner requirement
      2. Container security
      3. Physical access controls
      4. Personnel security
      5. Procedural security
      6. Security training and threat awareness
      7. Physical security
      8. Information technology security
    3. Managing C-TPAT profile on the Web
    4. Preparing for validation
      1. Reviewing security profile
  3. Best Practices And Considerations For Revalidation
    1. Focus on foreign, not domestic, sites
      1. Selection criteria for sites
      2. Negotiating site selection
    2. Creation of a new validation report
    3. Best practices for preparing for revalidation


The panel will get you ready to deal with these and other important issues:

  • Initial validation: The application, comprehensive self-assessment and Customs partnership process.
  • Keeping security tight: How to spot new vulnerabilities, address them and report them.
  • Unexpected problems: Where the C-TPAT workload can surprise you.
  • Program revalidation: What your company will need to do to get recertified every three years.


Jane Taeger
Jane Taeger
Compliance Director
Samuel Shapiro & Co.

She has worked in corporate logistics and customs brokerage for 23 years, concentrating on customer consulting...  |  Read More

Karen Lobdell
Karen Lobdell

Director, Trade Security and Supply Chain Services
Drinker Biddle

For the last 14 years, her practice has focused on international sales management and trade compliance, including...  |  Read More

Bruce Leeds
Bruce Leeds
Trade Control Specialist

He heads the committee that oversees C-TPAT and other global export-import regulation at Boeing. He is chair of the...  |  Read More

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