Next Phase of CTPAT Portal 2.0 to be Deployed May 16

Excerpt from: Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade | May 13 2015

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is preparing to deploy phase II of CTPAT portal 2.0 on May 16. Until that occurs, new CTPAT applications are not being accepted to prevent potential applicants from having to complete the security profile twice.

CTPAT seeks to safeguard trade flows from terrorist acts by deCounter calendar may 16.veloping and adopting measures that add security while facilitating legitimate trade. CTPAT members include U.S. importers, U.S./Canada highway carriers, U.S./Mexico highway carriers, rail and sea carriers, licensed U.S. customs brokers, U.S. marine port authority/terminal operators, U.S. freight consolidators, ocean transportation intermediaries and non‐operating common carriers, Mexican and Canadian manufacturers, and Mexican long‐haul carriers.

According to CBP, CTPAT portal 2.0 streamlines the CTPAT application process (including simplifying the security profile) and enhances account management tools. In phase I (deployed in December 2014) all active CTPAT users started managing their company information through one main account containing generic company information (called the trade account), and in phase II they will be able to merge multiple CTPAT accounts into the trade account to allow more efficient management of those accounts. Phase II will also offer the ability to establish relationships between CTPAT accounts that have different security standards and link accounts (such as manufacturer and importer accounts) in an organization tree.
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CBP states that the Status Verification Interface is undergoing significant changes in portal 2.0. SVI numbers are being abolished and all current monitoring between partners is carrying over to portal 2.0. All future requests to monitor will be made and accepted within the CTPAT portal site similar to many social media sites, so email requests between partners will no longer be necessary.

CBP notes that phases III and IV of CTPAT portal 2.0 are still in development and currently have no fixed deployment dates. CBP envisions that this system will evolve into a trusted trader portal to allow the international trade community to register memberships in other U.S. and international trusted trader programs