The Secretary, acting through the Commissioner, shall establish a third tier of C–TPAT participation that offers additional benefits to participants who demonstrate a sustained commitment to maintaining security measures and supply chain security practices that exceed the guidelines established for validation as a Tier 2 participant in C–TPAT under section 965 of this title.
6 U.S. Code § 966 - Tier 3 participants in C–TPAT
(a) In general
(b) CriteriaThe Secretary, acting through the Commissioner, shall designate criteria for validating a C–TPAT participant as a Tier 3 participant under this section. Such criteria may include—
submission of additional information regarding cargo prior to loading, as determined by the Secretary;
compliance with any other cargo requirements established by the Secretary.
(c) BenefitsThe Secretary, acting through the Commissioner, in consultation with the Commercial Operations Advisory Committee and the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee, shall extend benefits to each C–TPAT participant that has been validated as a Tier 3 participant under this section, which may include—
the expedited release of a Tier 3 participant’s cargo in destination ports within the United States during all threat levels designated by the Secretary;
further reduction in examinations of cargo;
priority for examinations of cargo; and