CTPAT Program: A new study led by CT Strategies in collaboration with CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) and the University of Houston’s BTI Institute (A DHS Center of Excellence), surveyed and interviewed CTPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) members and program administrators to examine the program’s effectiveness, identify areas of weakness, and provide suggestions for improvement.
This study delivers a holistic view of the program through surveying program members, but also involving responses collected from CTPAT management at the field office and headquarter levels, as well as from CBP officers at ports of entry. The research consists of interviews with 24% of the CTPAT workforce and a broad sample of CTPAT members across industries. Of the over 11,000 members of the CTPAT program, a notable 33% provided survey responses making the study more comprehensive than the last evaluation conducted in 2011.
Results of the study include actionable statistics as well as detailed anecdotal responses from interviews that were conducted to gauge member and administrative sentiment about the program. The report highlights that about half of CTPAT participants indicated that the benefits of CTPAT membership outweigh the costs. This is a more positive assessment of the program compared to the 2011 study.
Specific areas of recommended improvement noted in the study include:
- Promote unofficial benefits and individualized benefits by entity type
- Continue to improve program-wide consistency through policy, communication, and technology
- Provide increased, improved, and more frequent training/interactions for CTPAT officials, CBP stakeholders and industry partners
- Develop and collect program data to accurately evaluate the Program’s progress and set a potential foundation for the development of return on investment (ROI) metrics for members
The wide-ranging final report provides current insight for companies considering CTPAT membership, existing members looking to maximize their program benefits, port authorities interested in improving operational efficiency, academic researchers focused on trade, and leaders in the international community that are concerned with the advancement of trade facilitation.
About CT Strategies:
CT Strategies provides strategic services to clients seeking innovative insight, advisory services, and technology applications to address border management, supply chain, and port operations challenges around the world. CT Strategies team consists of customs and border management experts with over 100 years of combined global experience. The team’s rooted ties with customs organizations across the globe including US Customs and Border Protection, enables them to provide expert guidance in navigating trusted trader and Authorized Economic Operator programs such as CTPAT. CTS specializes in customs modernization and developing comprehensive AEO programs that align with the World Customs Organizations SAFE Framework.