Blaser & Mericle's Customs Brokerage operations have earned the honor of CTPAT certification from U.S. Customs & Border Protection. CTPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) is a joint government-business initiative to secure the inbound supply chain against acts of terrorism that would be harmful to lives, property and commerce. Participating businesses ensure security in theirs and their business partners' processes.


Blaser & Mericle encourages your company to become a member of the CTPAT program. Potential benefits include fewer security-related cargo exams, and priority treatment should an exam be necessary.

The Benefits Of Participation In CTPAT Include:   

  • Eligibility to participate in the Importer Self-Assessment Program (ISA) and removal from audit pools

  • Participation in Customs' new Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)

  • FAST program on the US/Canada and US/Mexico borders

  • A reduced number of inspections (reduced border times)

  • An assigned account manager

  • Access to the CTPAT membership list

Members Of CTPAT Can Avoid The Possibility Of:

  • Greater scrutiny of cargo

  • Added examinations

  • Requests for information

  • No guarantees for cargo processing times

  • Increased reviews and audits

Whether a CTPAT member or not, businesses must have security procedures in place at the point of loading to inspect, properly seal, and maintain the integrity of truck trailers, shipping containers and their supply chain. All trailer and container seals should meet or exceed current ISO PAS 17712 standards for high security seals. Procedures should be in place to report compromised seals, or to account for seals that necessitate removal and replacement with a new seal in transit.

Blaser is proud to be a member of the war on terrorism. If you have questions about CTPAT or would like more information about how to join, please contact us and we will be happy to connect you with our recommended CTPAT consultant. Blaser has partnered with Star USA, Inc. in order to provide additional support for CTPAT Certification, Maintenance and training.