Carson International is a proud member in good standing with CTPAT.

A key requirement of CTPAT is the complete a 5-step Risk Assessment, based on the member’s role in the supply chain.

The RA is made up of two key parts: a self assessment and an international risk assessment.

The self-assessment (or a security self-assessment) is an internal review/audit of a company’s

security program against the CTPAT program’s minimum-security criteria to determine if the

company is meeting the program’s requirements. The international risk assessment, on the other

hand, examines security threats and vulnerabilities associated with a CTPAT Member’s

international supply chain, from the point of origin where the goods are packed/stuffed for

export, until they reach their final destination for distribution.

For further guidance, please consult CTPAT’s Five-Step Risk Assessment, which is available on

the CTPAT website at cbp.gov/ctpat. The five steps in this guide are below:

1)     Mapping Cargo/Data Flow and Identifying Business Partners (whether direct or indirect);

2)     Conducting a Threat Assessment focusing on, Terrorism, Contraband Smuggling, Human Smuggling,

Organized Crime, and conditions in a country/region, which may foster such threats;

3)     Conducting a Vulnerability Assessment in accordance with CTPAT’s Minimum Security Criteria;

4)     Preparing an Action Plan to address vulnerabilities; and

5)     Documenting how Risk Assessments are conducted, to include a periodic review of the process.

As a voluntary supply chain security program based on trust, CTPAT is open to members of the trade community who can demonstrate excellence in supply chain security practices and who have had no significant security related events.

Carson International encourages its client importers to become CTPAT members, the first step is visiting the CBP website here.