In the aftermath of the terror attacks of 09/11 the logistics industry came together to create CTPAT the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, to take preliminary steps to secure supply chains and work as a whole to combat terrorism. The process has been a remarkable success, featuring more than 10,000 members across all sectors of the logistics industry working together.
After two decades of partnership, the program was starting to show its age and in need of an update to encompass new technologies and address new threats that have materialized since the inception. The new minimum security criteria will go into effect on January 1, 2020 and members are encouraged to begin striving for compliance as the updates are available to read now and compliance should attained as soon as possible. Even though many members aren’t due for a validation in 2020, it’s important to be vigilant with the updates to keep the supply chain secure.
Part of CTPAT’s remarkable success is the culture of security it fosters among members. We are each a link in the chain protecting against terrorism and should be encouraged to discuss this compliance with other members in your chain to confirm they’ve updated their minimum security criteria and actively remain engaged in this program.
New criteria will cover the following areas:
- Management commitment to a culture of security throughout the organization
- Cyber security and protection for social engineering threats regarding the trade data they store or exchanges throughout the supply chain
- Agricultural security against contamination and pests
- Prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing in trade areas
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about CTPAT membership.