What is CTPAT?

The Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program was launched in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States to promote container security in the global supply chain. COSCO Container Lines Co., Ltd. joined at the onset, along many other sea carriers. Today, CTPAT, administered by the United States Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), consists of over 11,000 member companies from various facets of the international trade community.

COSCO SHIPPING Lines Membership in CTPAT

In 2017, COSCO Container Container Lines Co., Ltd. and China Shipping Lines integrated and together became COSCO SHIPPING Lines Co. Ltd. Today, both COSCO SHIPPING Lines Co. Ltd. and COSCO SHIPPING Lines (Europe) GmbH (collectively COSCO SHIPPING Lines) participate in CTPAT as Sea Carriers, and they do as separate accounts, each with its own SCAC, as required by CBP.

CTPAT Certificate and Membership Numbers

CBP no longer issues CTPAT membership certificates to its trade partners. CTPAT member companies can confirm membership of other CTPAT companies through the program’s online portal. For quick reference, the COSCO SHIPPING Lines Co., Ltd. membership number is 78305839, and the COSCO SHIPPING Lines (Europe) GmbH membership number is 89188170.

Requirement for use of ISO High Security Seals

As is the case for all CTPAT Sea Carriers, each laden container shipped under a COSCO SHIPPING Lines bill of lading, whether as an import to or export from the United States, must be sealed with a High-Security Mechanical Bolt Seal that complies with ISO 17712:2013, which includes the raised “H” on the end of the seal, as minimum standard.

The shipper is responsible for affixing the High-Security Mechanical Bolt Seal that complies with ISO 17712:2013 immediately upon completion of stuffing and for preparing shipping instructions that report the seal number. The use of this type of seal applies to all shippers whether or not they are in CTPAT.


The United Nations agency responsible for maritime issues is the International Maritime Organization (IMO), made up of 160-plus signatory member nations. The IMO issued the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) based on the US Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) 2002, which requires ships and terminals to adopt specific safeguards at varying threat conditions. ISPS and CTPAT both promote security in teh supply chain. The US Coast Guard inspects US terminals and all commercial vessels that call them. All COSCO SHIPPING Lines vessels are ISPS compliant.