Cabotage & CTPAT Compliance

With the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) commerce between the United States, Mexico and Canada has become commonplace. Unfortunately, the application of specific laws governing the movement of goods across our international borders and along our roadways inside the United States has become very complex. Operators in violation of applicable requirements or who cannot provide the appropriate documentation may be in violation of NAFTA and other U.S. laws. Our law firm has successfully represented clients before the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Executive Office of Immigration Reform (EOIR) when they or their drivers have been charged with violating our Cabotage laws, regulations and orders or violating the provisions of NAFTA and U.S. laws.


Webster Dictionary defines Cabotage as “The exclusive right of a country to operate the traffic within its territory.” But, what does this mean and how is it being applied along our borders?


  • He is accused?
  • He is threatened?
  • He is apprehended?

DRIVERS’ HAVE RIGHTS after entry into the USA

  • The right to be told what he/she is accused of doing
  • The right to ask questions and get the Officer’s name, badge number and Supervisor’s name
  • The right to be heard by an Immigration Judge

Our firm can represent you if you have been cited, charged or arrested in connection with alleged point to point transportation of property or passengers within the United States.

If your trucking company is being repeatedly harassed and your drivers are becoming fearful about losing their B-1 visas because CBP alleges that you or your drivers are in violation of Cabotage laws we can represent you in an attempt to resolve the issues at an administrative level before they become mired in court action.

If your drivers are being threatened with the loss of their B-1 visas because they have violated the “24 hour rule” we can represent them to help ensure they maintain their rights in accordance with established regulations.


Having a valid and active CTPAT certification can ensure that your company remains
competitive in today’s international transportation market. You know how difficult it was to obtain the certification. Maintaining it can be equally difficult.

If your company is experiencing issues that have lead to the suspension of your CTPAT
certification, contact us. We have successfully negotiated the return to full CTPAT compliance and are prepared to represent you and your company.