Statement on C-TPAT Certification - SC Ports Authority

Statement on C-TPAT Certification

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C-TPAT Certificate

Launched in 2001, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a voluntary trade partnership program led by US Customs and Border Protection focused on improving security throughout the supply chain.

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) became a certified member of the C-TPAT in January 2004.

The internet-based C-TPAT Status Verification Interface (SVI) allows consenting and certified C-TPAT Partners to verify the participation status of other consenting and certified C-TPAT Partners. If your company is certified, you can verify the SCPA’s participation status online at the SVI ( The SCPA’s “Partner ID” is: souPor03381. Companies that are not certified do not have access to the SVI, but may view an image of the SCPA’s certificate.

To join C-TPAT, please click here for more information.

Use of ISO 17712 Compliant Seals

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recommends Shippers ensure an ISO 17712:2013 compliant high-security seal is (1) properly affixed to all full (stuffed) container shipments and (2) the seal number is accurately recorded on the shipping instructions prior to transporting the cargo to the terminal.

Shippers are reminded to be vigilant in ensuring ISO 17712:2013 compliant seals are properly affixed to all full containers.  Under the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) full Instruments of International Traffic (i.e. shipping containers) must have ISO 17712:2013 compliant high security seals properly affixed at the point of stuffing to prevent pilferage, terrorist devices, and other contraband from entering the global supply chain.

Additional guidance can be found in U.S. CBP’s CTPAT Bulletin available at the following url: