Preventing Cargo Theft from Facilities & Maintaining C-TPAT Compliance

In 2020, cargo theft from facilities accounted for 24% of global cargo theft. While that number is concerning by itself, even more troubling is the fact that it is double the amount from the preceding year, and predicted to continue increasing as the pandemic goes on*. For warehouses and facilities that store and distribute products, these statistics are a wake-up call. It is more critical than ever before to meet the highest security standards.

For guidance on implementing this kind of security program, a good place to begin is with the US Customs and Border Protection’s Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). C-TPAT is a voluntary joint government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen supply chain and border security. To achieve C-TPAT certification, an organization must have a documented process for identifying and reducing risk throughout their international supply chain. Businesses with the certification will be considered low risk, enabling cargo to be processed more quickly with fewer customs examinations.


Warehouse and logistics facilities typically have high delivery traffic at a variety of times throughout the day and week. Often these deliveries contain valuable assets, making them particularly vulnerable to threats.

Businesses eligible for the C-TPAT certification include:

  • US importers of record
  • US exporters
  • US/Canada and US/Mexico cross-border highway carriers
  • Rail carriers
  • Sea carriers
  • Air carriers
  • US marine port authority and terminal operators
  • Consolidators (US air freight consolidators, ocean transportation intermediaries and non-vessel operating common carriers)
  • Licensed US customs brokers
  • Third-party logistics providers
  • Customs House Agent (CHA) providers

Proactive Video Monitoring Improves Security and Helps Maintain C-TPAT Compliance

Netwatch proactive video monitoring (PVM) provides the ideal solution to help secure warehouses and logistics businesses. With PVM, you can easily grant or deny access while preventing incidents from occurring in real time. Netwatch PVM also helps you meet critical industry standards, including the following three:

  1. Perimeter Protection

The standard:
C-TPAT 9.4: Gates where vehicles and/or personnel enter or exit (as well as other points of egress) must be manned or monitored.

The solution:
Monitor the perimeter and all external areas with Netwatch proactive video monitoring (PVM). PVM can:

    • Identify any threats before they can physically access a facility’s interior
    • Detect intruders in real-time before they gain access to your facility, avoiding potential threats and liabilities
    • Eliminate theft, vandalism, and other potential liabilities
    • Reduce costly false alarms and fines
  1. Exterior and Egress Video Surveillance

The standard:
C-TPAT 9.7: Security technology should be used to monitor premises and prevent unauthorized access to sensitive areas.

The solution:
Deploy Netwatch PVM, with highly trained intervention specialists who will:

    • Deliver live audio warnings, speaking directly to intruders to leave the premises and letting them know they are being watched and recorded
    • Stop criminals from proceeding any further – as has been proven effective in 98% of cases

The standard:
C-TPAT 9.12: If camera systems are deployed, cameras should monitor a facility’s premises and sensitive areas to deter unauthorized access. Alarms should be used to alert a company to unauthorized access into sensitive areas.

The solution:
Use the Flexible Zoning capability enabled by Netwatch PVM to group cameras into zones for independent arming/disarming by group.

  1. System Maintenance

The standard:
C-TPAT 9.8: Members who rely on security technology for physical security must have written policies and procedures governing the use, maintenance and protection of this policy.

The solution:
Netwatch offers a variety of convenient methods for documentation, including:

    • Dashboard alerts for equipment and connectivity issues which have been detected status flagged through ongoing system monitoring
    • Easy service requests through the Netwatch web or mobile app for cameras or other issues that require immediate attention


With cargo theft a rising concern for logistics facilities and warehouses, it is essential to ensure your security practices are as strong as possible, while also maintaining compliance with US Customs and Border Protection’s Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).

Netwatch proactive video monitoring can help you with all of these vital concerns. It’s one of the easiest and best steps you can take to protect your vulnerable assets against criminal activity.

Learn more about how Netwatch can help you – contact us today.

*Source: BSI Supply Chain Risk Insights Report 2021