On September 23, 2010, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) membership has exceeded 10,000 members.
C-TPAT Director, Bradd Skinner, stated, "This is a great accomplishment for our trade partnership program considering the program began with seven original members in 2001. Achieving 10,000 members indicates that the program is meeting the needs of the trade community, while the member survey results will assist us in taking C-TPAT to the next level."
According to the CBP press release, approximately half of C-TPAT members companies are small or mid-sized, having less than fifty employees. C-TPAT importer partners are responsible for approximately 50 percent by value of all imported merchandise into the U.S. C-TPAT is the first and the largest anti-terrorism partnership program throughout the world.