What is C-TPAT?

C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism)

is a program created by the government of the United States and the private sector to implement systems to strengthen security throughout the supply chain such as importers, carriers, brokers customs warehouses and producers, it also increases security at the borders of the U.S., Mexico and Canada. (Security Seals C-TPAT must be manufactured to meet or exceed ISO 17712).

What are the benefits of the C-TPAT program?

These are some of the benefits you get with the C-TPAT program:

  • You guarantee that your supply chain operations are ideal for your employees, suppliers and customers.
  • Decrease number of CBP inspections.
  • Less time waiting to cross the border.
  • Expedited review (if applicable revision, C-TPAT shipments have priority and are reviewed by Gamma rays.)
  • Access to transport the containers by the FAST lane.
  • Prevention of theft and being able to reduce the possibility of illegal trade.
  • Strengthen international reputation and prestige of the participants.
  • You are entitled to attend the C-TPAT seminars.
  • Membership in C-TPAT program represents an added value to your service, consequently increasing your sales by improving the competitiveness of your company and the economies of the countries in which they are located.


What tests undergo high security seals?

High security seals must pass various tests set by ISO to ensure the they meet the standards listed as: Tensile Test, where the seal is subjected to a force to measure its resistance to being pulled. The Shear Test is the test of endurance to knives, and blade cuts. The Bending Test testes the seal´s flexibility to adopt curves. And in Impact Test the seal is subjected to different temperatures.

C&International Business provides you with certified security seals that meet the ISO 17712:2013 standard, in order to avoid and penalties and future problem.

What are the standards that must meet high security seals in the C-TPAT program? | | ISO 17712


The ISO 17712 Standard is compulsory, that the security seals and high security seals meet these standards:

    • They must be strong and durable to withstand the accidental rupture or early deterioration (due to weather conditions or chemical action during handling).
    • They can be removed quickly and easily with a suitable tool.
    • They must be identified by a unique consecutive number.
    • They must be constructed so that they cannot be removed without leaving visible traces or lines.
    • They must be designed to allow its use only once.
    • They must be designed such that it is difficult to counterfeit.