Supply Chain Advisory Services

Security and efficiency solutions for trade industry and government stakeholders seeking to enhance supply chains.

AEO Standards & Beyond

Advising trade stakeholders on CTPAT/AEO compliance and maximizing their enrollment benefits

AEO Capacity Building for Government

Helping governments create AEO programs and build program membership

Specific Supply Chain Challenges

Mitigating acute supply chain problem areas such as e-commerce, forced labor, and intellectual property rights

Training at All Levels

Preparing operators, managers, and executives to anticipate and respond to supply chain challenges


Providing the latest available AEO information from the U.S. and around the world

Ronald May

CTSC Senior Advisor and Former Director of U.S. CTPAT Program

Ronald May - Former (A) Director of CTPAT

Mr. 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. 

While serving in the CTPAT Program, Mr. May conducted and supervised validation activities for member companies around the world and helped develop the World Customs Organization (WCO) SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade (SAFE Framework). During this time, Mr. May helped establish Mutual Recognition Arrangements for trusted trader programs with the governments of New Zealand, Israel, Jordan, India, Canada, the European Union, and several individual EU nations.

One of Mr. May’s most significant achievements was coordinating with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and European Union border authorities to harmonize their trusted trader programs with U.S. CTPAT. In 2006, Mr. May received the CBP ‘Commissioner’s Award’ for his contributions to the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards. He also received the World Customs Organization Award in 2006 and 2015 for similar contributions in advancing global supply chain security.


AEO Standards & Beyond

Enrolling in the U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) or an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Program provides a member with facilitation benefits and a competitive edge in branding. Ensuring that a member is receiving maximum program benefits from government while optimizing their supply chain security practices will further enhance cross-border throughput and efficiency. 

Using its team’s extensive experience, CT Supply Chain (CTSC) helps companies become program members and program members maximize their return-on-investment. CTSC team members have spent decades conducting supply chain/CTPAT validations and working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s CTPAT Office to assist current and prospective program members with increasing secure, efficient throughput.

CTSC AEO/CTPAT Services include:

  • Supply chain assessments in all modes of transportation
  • Assistance with U.S. CTPAT or AEO Programs Abroad
  • Recommendations for enhanced low-cost processes and procedures to maximize return-on-investment
  • Identifying and implementing technology solutions to improve supply chain security and efficiency
  • Identifying processes to validate a client’s vendors and supply chain partners
  • Facilitating government-industry partnerships to support supply chains

AEO Capacity Building for Government

In today’s dynamic global trade environment, effective risk management is critical for border management agencies to support their economies while maintaining secure trade flows. AEO Programs are an increasingly popular method for Customs and border management agencies around the world to leverage public-private partnership as a means to support secure, efficient trade.

The CT Supply Chain team has extensive experience developing AEO-type programs in many countries around the world, both as leaders in U.S. government and in the private sector. Program models are customized to the specifications of the local trade and risk environments.

CTSC AEO Capacity Building services include:

  • Insight on best practices from the U.S. and World Customs Organization
  • Workshops for local customs officials on risk management, industry engagement, membership criteria, and supply chain security strategies
  • Tailoring a program model to the unique local environment, considering trade flows, private sector engagement, threats, and vulnerabilities

Specific Supply Chain Challenges

Supply chain breaches and inefficiencies in operations can add up to cost trade stakeholders considerable time and resources. Whether the goal is to reduce theft, tampering, or smuggling; or to tackle a challenge with e-commerce, intellectual property infringement, or forced labor; risk mitigation strategies can be implemented to scale for any size operation in any mode.

The CT Supply Chain team applies many years of Customs and private sector experience to address clients’ supply chain challenges. Our team of experts has a proven track record in the following areas:

  • Conducting site assessments anywhere in the world and providing recommendations aimed at increasing supply chain efficiency
  • Coordinating cross-border processes with customs officials
  • Identifying and implementing processes and technology solutions to improve supply chain security and efficiency.
  • Validating clients’ vendors and supply chain partners

Training at all Levels

As trade flows continue to evolve so to do threats, vulnerabilities, and available solutions in the supply chain environment. These factors, along with advancing best practices, new processes, changing government policies, and innovative technologies make supply chain security strategy an ever-shifting landscape to which stakeholders must adapt.

Operators, Bookkeepers, Managers, Executives- all members of your team have a stake in the security and efficiency of your company’s supply chain. Keeping up with the latest best practices is crucial. Whether operating conveyances, managing warehouse operations, tracking records, overseeing human resources, or making strategic decisions from the top; every component of your workforce can benefit from a scalable training program led by CT Supply Chain’s highly experienced team members.

CTSC’s training opportunities, which are scalable and can be provided in English or Spanish, can include any of the following components:

  • Training applicable to all modes of transportation
  • Training geared to specific supply chain roles (operator, manager, executive) or applicable to all
  • Diagnostic assessment to best understand your workforce’s needs
  • Customized training specifically tailored to your supply chain environment
  • Standardized training presentations
  • Single-class or multi-day training programs
  • Table-top or practical exercises to reinforce material
  • Takeaway materials available in both electronic and hard copy


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