C-TPAT: Is Becoming a Member Worth It?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

C-TPAT:  Is Becoming a Member Worth It?


C-TPAT is an initiative between government and business to protect global commerce from terrorism and expedite the movement of legitimate trade.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) works with willing members of the trade community to secure the international supply chain.  The goal is for C-TPAT partners to improve the security of their own supply chain in accordance with C-TPAT criteria and in return, partners are eligible for benefits such as expedited processing of their shipments.

For those of you who are deliberating the benefits of becoming a C-TPAT member you may be interested in reviewing a C-TPAT cost/benefit survey conducted by The Center for Survey Research at the University of Virginia.  CBP contracted with the University to develop, conduct and analyze data collected from a web-based survey conducted in 2007.  The major objective of the survey was to learn how the program benefits relate to the cost of participation. 

 Survey findings include:

  • Motivations for joining
  • Costs to implement and maintain the program
  • Tangible and intangible benefits
  • How do cost/benefits differ among company types
  • Overall evaluation of the program

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding C-TPAT participation, please contact Kerry Layton, Regulatory Compliance Consultant in our Kansas City office: (816) 741-7500 orklayton@fhkaysing.com 


Link to survey:   http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/trade/cargo_security/ctpat/what_ctpat/ctpat_cost_survey.ctt/ctp