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Security seal obligations for C-TPAT & PIP members
  • Certain customs initiatives require motor carriers to use an ISO 17712 high-security cargo seal.

For use of a Free and Secure Trade (FAST) lane into the United States and/or Canada, motor carriers can apply for membership in the following border-crossing security programs:

  • U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program
  • Canadian Partners in Protection (PIP) program

Membership in either customs initiative requires implementation of minimum-security criteria, including the use of an ISO 17712 high-security cargo seal. Qualifying cable and bolt seals are both acceptable.

A carrier that habitually fails to seal a load with an ISO 17712 security seal may have its C-TPAT privileges suspended if it does not address its security shortfall.

Identifying an ISO 17712 security seal

ISO 17712 high-security seal markings include:

  • The manufacturer’s name, and
  • An imprinted “H.”

For more information, go to U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism.