CTPAT Navigator

Your trusted guide and partner throughout your CTPAT journey

Our team of former CBP CTPAT SCSS’s and Directors help you successfully navigate CBP’s Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program. Using insight from over 50 years of combined CBP operational and policy knowledge, we leverage our first-hand CTPAT supply chain security experience and connections to current CBP leadership, so you can save time, save money and get the most out of your CTPAT membership.

Considering applying to CTPAT for the first time? Find out if your company meets the first-time applicant requirements here.

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Ronald May is a supply chain security and customs operations expert with over 31 years of experience serving U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the legacy U.S. Customs Service.

Shawn Beddows
is CT Strategies’ Vice President of Global Services. Mr. Beddows has over 21 years of experience serving U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the legacy Customs Service.

Bradd Skinner
is a Homeland Security professional who is an accomplished leader with 35 years of domestic and international experience.

CTPAT Navigator is the single source guide for all CTPAT entity types.

Recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to meeting the program's evolving requirements and maintaining the security protocols throughout the year, CTPAT Navigator offers a variety of customizable packages that can be scaled to your specific needs.

Over 50 years of collective CBP CTPAT roles from Supply Chain Security Specialists to Directorships across the U.S. and at Headquarters in Washington, DC
Contributors to the development of the World Customs Organization (WCO) SAFE Framework of Standards global guidance and best practices in supply chain security
Led the 2021 CTPAT Program Assessment in partnership with the University of Houston, Trade, and Immigration Institute
Currently leading a foreign government’s AEO validation program and have conducted hundreds of CTPAT and AEO validations in more than 50 countries across the globe
Identified and developed best practices for virtual validations based on first-hand experience

CTPAT Navigator Service Packages

Navigator packages include access to CTS Academy

Compliance Assessment Package

Assess the levels of risk and compliance in your supply chain and verify your business partners’ compliance through comprehensive site audits. Ensure that your operations meet the minimum security criteria specific to your entity type with a security plan that checks all of the boxes.

Ensure your company is implementing policies that meet the CTPAT standards CBP’s SCSS will look for during validation.

Fulfill CTPAT’s requirement to conduct a Risk Assessment that includes the added elements of the new MSC while identifying and mitigating risks in your supply chain.

The CTS Team will ensure you understand your business partners’ compliance obligations to save you time, save administrative resources and mitigate risk.

Prepare for a successful validation by ensuring that your security profile, more critical now in the age of virtual validations, properly addresses the new Minimum Security Criteria.

Yearly workforce education is a CTPAT requirement. We make it easy with free access to our CTS Academy included in all CTPAT Navigator service packages. In addition to a yearly training update option, access our New Minimum Security Criteria course, developed by our team of CTPAT experts.

CTPAT Administration Service Package

CTPAT will provide training to keep your work force updated with new security implementations and existing policies.

Prepare for a successful validation with a mock validation facilitated by team members who’ve led in person and virtual assessments.

Our CTPAT experts will act as the primary point of contact for the company’s CTPAT program, engaging with the CBP CTPAT office on the company’s behalf.

CTS will conduct a yearly review of the company’s policies to ensure they remain in compliance and will provide updates, as necessary.

CTS will conduct the required annual review of the company’s Security Profile and make updates, as necessary.

CTPAT training to keep your work force updated with new security implementations and a refresher on existing policies.

Ensure your business partner agreements reflect your current operation, while identifying any gaps that may be putting your business at risk. Let us manage your annual business partner surveys, while you focus on your core business.

CTS will review and conduct the 5 Step Risk Assessment annually.

Prepare for a successful validation with with a mock validation facilitated by team members who’ve led in person and virtual assessments.

CTPAT Certification Service Package

Become a newly certified member of CBP’s CTPAT program with a comprehensive approach to supply chain security compliance.

Ensure your company is implementing strong policies and procedures that meet CTPAT standards and distinguish your company as a strong candidate for the program.

Avoid common mistakes and understand the nuances of the security profile specific to your operation. We’ll help you develop a strong, best-in-class security profile that will serve as a foundation for decades of your company’s membership in the program.

Increase supply chain visibility by identifying and addressing risks in your business partners’ supply chains. We’ll ensure you meet all CTPAT Business Partner requirements.

Position your operation to exceed certification standards. CTS experts will guide you through this critical element of CTPAT, to identify and mitigate risks in your supply chain.

Get your workforce up to speed on what CTPAT membership means for day-to-day operations with an introductory course developed by our team of former CTPAT program directors.

Equip account managers with critical knowledge about navigating CBP’s CTPAT portal and optimizing its use to keep your company in good standing.

Make the most of the program by tracking ROI and avoiding common mistakes. Our team will document the data and insights collected during our engagement and provide actionable recommendations for maintaining CTPAT membership and leveraging it to gain a real-world edge on the competition.

CTPAT Validation / Revalidation Service Package

Ensure operational resiliency in the post-pandemic business landscape with an enhanced CTPAT validation preparation process focused on solidifying all elements of your CTPAT program involved in your validation assessment.

Prepare for a successful validation with a mock validation facilitated by team members who’ve led in person and virtual assessments as CBP Supply Chain Security Specialists.

CTS experts will be present alongside your company representative during and after validation assessments. 

CTS experts will be present alongside your company representative during and after validation assessments. We’ll help you prepare for this new method of validation that requires a strong security profile and best-in-class pre-validation planning. 

CTS experts will deliver an action plan that addresses specific areas in need of improvement

Whether you’re considering CTPAT for the first time or established veterans of the voluntary trade program, you’re aware that your operation runs on two things: security and efficiency.

You also know that trusted trader programs are key to establishing a transparent supply chain and building your brand’s reputation in your industry.

CTPAT membership raises the profile of your brand, from your workforce to your customers, but let’s be honest – it can be a drain on resources and distract your team from their core functions. That is why we’re dedicating our decades of experience in CTPAT and CBP operations to relieve the burden on CTPAT member companies, dedicated to optimizing their supply chains. Our team of experts are former CTPAT Supply Chain Security Specialists, former Acting Directors of the program and have performed hundreds of domestic and foreign validations around the globe for every entity type.

We’ve mastered the ins and outs of the CTPAT program. Let us guide you on your CTPAT journey while you focus on your day-to-day priorities.

CTS Academy

Streamlined CTPAT training for your entire workforce

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