Customs/Supply Chain Security (CTPAT)

Voluntary government sponsored initiatives such as Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT), Organización de los Estados Americanos OEA Mexico, Authorized Economic Operator AEO Europe and Asia and Partners in Protection (PIP) are cooperative programs aimed at strengthening and improving international supply chains to better Border Security. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is one of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S.  OEA Mexico and the Canada Border Security Agency (CBSA) have a similar mission for Mexico and Canada. However, the price of security is stringent enforcement of hundreds of import and export regulations. 

OEM participants under the S.C.S. system have developed the tool (Supply Chain Security): A Supplier Security Assessment to help address common security issues to keep the flow of material and parts moving efficiently across U.S. borders. These subscribed parties contribute to planning the highly successful and sought after annual AIAG Customs Town Hall, which highlights ever evolving and changing requirements of customs and border regulations in North America.

AIAG’s Solution for CTPAT

Due to its complexity, the decision whether or not to participate in the CTPAT program is often based on the availability of manpower to manage the program, assure security compliance from its full supply chain, of which includes soliciting information from internal and external business partners, analyzing the responses, and maintaining the information.

The S.C.S. Assessment simplifies administration of the entire CTPAT program, allowing companies to proactively prepare for certification, manage the program to maintain CTPAT Status, and meet requirements of CBP’s recommended 5-Step Risk Assessment Process.


Program Director: Mr. Lang Ware - AIAG - (248) 358-3570

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