What is the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT)?

The 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 with 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 Co. Ltd. Membership in CTPAT

In 2017, COSCO Container Lines Co., Ltd. and China Shipping Lines integrated and together became COSCO SHIPPING Lines Co. Ltd. with continuing participation in CTPAT as a Sea Carriers. "COSU" is the SCAC for the line. For quick reference, our membership number is 78305839.

CTPAT Certificate and Membership Verification

CBP no longer issues CTPAT membership certificates to its trade partners. CTPAT member companies can confirm membership of other CTPAT companies through the programís online portal.

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, whether on a COSCO SHIPPING or partner vessel, must be sealed with an ISO 17712 high-security seal that complies with latest standard, which is ISO 17712:2013.

The shipper is responsible for affixing the high security 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.

International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS)

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 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 the supply chain. The US Coast Guard inspects US terminals and all commercial vessels that call them on at least an annual basis. All COSCO SHIPPING Lines vessels are ISPS compliant.


This is the third version of this web page, dated 13 August 2019.