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H.R. 3551 (115th): C-TPAT Reauthorization Act of 2017

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 3551 reauthorizes and amends the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program to reflect current industry practices and threats to the global supply chain.

Specifically the bill:

  • establishes the C-TPAT program, formal duties of the Director, and makes the program the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) for the United States;

  • expands the number of entities that are eligible for C-TPAT participation to include importers, exporters, customs brokers, fowarders, air, sea, and land carriers, and contract logistics providers;

  • establishes a tiered system of tangible benefits into which C-TPAT participants fall based on their adherence to security requirements;

  • reduces redundant inspections on pre-vetted cargo and provides CBP with mechanisms to suspend or expel participants from the program if they fail to abide by security requirements or pose a threat to national security; …

Sponsor and status

Martha McSally

Sponsor. Representative for Arizona's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Oct 24, 2017
Length: 24 pages
Jul 28, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on October 23, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


6 Cosponsors (6 Republicans)



Jul 28, 2017

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Sep 7, 2017
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Sep 25, 2017
Reported by House Committee on Homeland Security

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Oct 23, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 3551 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3551. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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