With its implementation of enhanced cybersecurity measures, Port Manatee has earned federal recertification as a member of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program. Port Manatee received initial C-TPAT certification in 2016, with its final member approval coming in 2017.
C-TPAT is a post-9/11 voluntary supply chain security program of U.S. Customs and Border Protection through which members with documented risk alleviation procedures are subject to fewer customs examinations and benefit from accelerated processing of cargo. Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanded Panama Canal, with 10 40-foot-draft berths serving container, bulk, breakbulk, heavylift, project and general cargo customers. The port generates more than $3.9 billion in annual economic impact while providing more than 27,000 direct and indirect jobs.