Our C-TPAT Certificate.

Our Confirmation letter to customers.

Customs's C-TPAT membership confirmation letter to COSCO.

security contact

Report maritime security emergencies to the USCG National Response Center at 800-424-8802.

For routine matters during office hours, e-mail us here.

key dates

- 7/15/2002 - COSCO applies to join C-TPAT.
- 12/31/2002 - COSCO's C-TPAT certificate issued.
- 7/1/2004 - ISPS takes effect.
- Fall 2005 - Validation visits in US and Europe. COSCO is validated.
- 6/1/2006 - New C-TPAT minimum security requirements take effect.
- 11/19/2008 - Customs conducts second validation visit in Hong Kong. COSCO is revalidated.
- 3/15/2012 - Customs conducted third validation visit in Rotterdam. COSCO is revalidated again.

What is COSCO's SVI number? It is chiSea02269.


C-TPAT partners are reminded that that the new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) mechanical seal standard, ISO 17712:2013, takes effect on May 15, 2014. Older style ISO 17712:2013 compliant seals may continue to be used until current stocks have been exhausted. ISO 17712 defines three types of seal strength, and C-TPAT requires use of the H class seals.


After 9/11, anti-terrorism and physical security issues have become paramount in international shipping; delivering contains must be done swiftly, safely, and securely. To promote the secure importation of cargo into the United States by container, COSCO has joined the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) in 2002. We were validated in 2005.


On March 15, 2012, COSCO was again revalidated during a C-TPAT Validation visit conducted by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Supply Chain Specialists in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


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 International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS), based on the US Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) 2002, which requires ships and terminals to adopt specific security safeguards at varying threat conditions. The USCG approves US terminals and ships, and an appropriate national authority approves for overseas terminals and ships. All COSCO vessels are ISPS compliant.

C-TPAT and ISPS comparison


  • Voluntary, US-administered.
  • For US companies and their trading partners.
  • AMS required to join.
  • Reduced waiting times for cargoes, other benefits.

  • Mandatory, regulated by IMO.
  • For international shipping lines and terminals.
  • No mention regarding AMS.
  • No direct commercial benefits; penalties for failure to comply.

cosco security news

best practices

  1. Use of Checklists.
  2. Keeping eye peeled.
  3. Seal Security Issues.
  4. Ship through CSI port.
  5. Security Training.

security programs

govt agenices