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CTPAT Minimum Security Criteria Workshop


The Institute hosted a series of Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Minimum Security Criteria Workshops at the University of Houston on the 1st, 2nd, 15th and 16th of October 2019.

Members of the Houston CTPAT Field Office trained more than eight hundred stakeholders within the international supply chain over the course of four single-day workshops. Some of the topics covered in the training included program updates, risk assessments, conveyance security, and physical security.

"As a singularly important level of a multi-layered cargo enforcement strategy, the CTPAT program, in conjunction with the trade community, strengthens international supply chains to assure the highest level of cargo security," said Kurt Berens, BTI Institute Executive Director. "The alignment of the CTPAT program with key elements of the BTI Institute's mission to secure borders and facilitate legitimate trade creates a value-added nexus of industry, government, and academic stakeholders."

CTPAT is a voluntary public-private sector partnership program which recognizes that CBP can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the principle stakeholders of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers.

"The task of training representatives from 11,400 member companies is challenging for the CTPAT program and BTI welcomes the opportunity to assist in this effort," said Berens. "The University of Houston campus has many venues that can host such training workshops."

The first pair of workshops were hosted at the O'Quinn Great Hall at the University of Houston Alumni Center. The second pair was hosted at the Cougar Club at TDECU Stadium

More information about the CTPAT program is available here


BTI Institute personnel Philip Boedeker [Left Center], Communications Manager, and Jessie Hernandez [Right Center], Administrative Specialist, speak to attendees about the BTI Institute during the CTPAT Workshop series on 2 October 2019, at the University of Houston. 


Cristobal Hernandez, Director of the Houston CTPAT Field Office, presents Kurt Berens, Executive Director, Philip Boedeker, Communications Manager, and Virginia Hernandez, Administrative Assistant, a certificate of appreciation for hosting the CTPAT workshop series.