Statement on C-TPAT Certification

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.

C-TPAT Certificate

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) became a certified member of the C-TPAT in January 2004. As a certified member of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism or C-TPAT, the Ports Authority must continue to enhance and improve port security by taking specific steps.

The goal of C-TPAT is to enhance anti-terrorism efforts by strengthening security measures at the border and throughout the entire supply chain. Importers and transportation service providers that participate in C-TPAT become the front lines of the nation’s anti-terrorism efforts. Benefits of participation include not only higher security but potentially a reduced number of inspections.

By agreeing to participate in the voluntary program, the Ports Authority has taken and will continue to take a number of steps to enhance and improve security. As a member, the Ports Authority must:

  • Maintain a detailed security plan
  • Develop a self-policing program to review security procedures
  • Continue current security efforts and complete a yearly assessment
  • Maintain a high level of compliance with requirements
  • Encourage other companies to participate in C-TPAT

Companies wishing to verify our C-TPAT certification can send an email to to request the SCPA’s participation status.

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: