C-TPAT is an anti-terrorist initiative of the United States Customs Office that urges the industry to take joint measures to prevent the commercial burden from being contaminated with illegal or non-manifested substances, such as: weapons, drugs or explosives

The C-TPAT certification can only be issued by the Customs of E.E.U.U. and to be a candidate for it, one must comply with the principles established by said dependency.