A C-TPAT validation is a process through which the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) C-TPAT program meets with company representatives and visits elected domestic and foreign sites to verify supply chain security measures contained in the C-TPAT participant’s security profile are accurate and are being followed.

A C-TPAT Compliance  is an independent Verification by a competent auditor for an exporter existing outside America to see its compliance against  C-TPAT security criteria or guidelines jointly developed by CBP and the trade community