Key Takeaways for CTPAT Companies | CBP Cargo Security Summit 2022

The 2022 Trade Facilitation and Cargo Security Summit was a merger event combining the CBP Trade Symposium and the CTPAT Conference, which were previously two different events. The three-day event provided insight from industry speakers, panel discussions, and workshops. Highlighted below are key takeaways from the CTPAT 101 session, which provides an overview of updates on new initiatives and developments. 


  • Effective August 1, 2022, all Importers participating in the CTPAT program can see the CTPAT Trade Compliance link in their profiles. This link will allow eligible Importers to apply for the optional CTPAT Trade Compliance component of the CTPAT program. To be eligible to apply for the CTPAT Trade Compliance component, Importers must be either Tier II (validated) or Tier III (validated-exceeding) and must meet all additional program requirements, including the CTPAT Trade Compliance Forced Labor requirements.   
  • Following a long period of inaction in 2021, CBP plans to open the CTPAT program to new applicants, anticipated for August 1st, 2022.  
  • In July 2021, CTPAT released an updated guidebook and core questionnaire with refreshed compliance best practices 
  • Panelists raised the topic of expanding the UFPLA commodities list to include items used in the production of lithium-ion batteries, stainless steel products, pharmaceuticals, jewelry, and electronics. 

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