CBP Facilitates Record Level of Travelers and Modernizes Trade Systems in FY2016
January 16, 2017
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released statistics detailing its facilitation of Trade and Travel. According to the article, CBP in FY2016 processed a record number of passengers. More than 390 million travelers were processed at U.S. air, land, and sea ports of entry. Of that total, 119 million travelers were processed solely at air ports of entry. Fortunately, CBP’s expansion of Mobile Passport Control and Automated Passport Control helped facilitate and process travel for air passengers. Additionally, the passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) helped CBP process large volumes of cargo while ensuring that goods transported are secure and in compliance with trade laws.
Promotion of Public-Private Partnership – through the TFTEA of 2016
September 29, 2016
The theme of partnership is consistent across many of sections of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2016 (TFTEA). The legislation calls on agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Commerce, and the United States Trade Representative to strengthen their enforcement posture against trade violations as well as their facilitation roles in order to ensure legitimate trade flows as efficiently as possible. To do this, the different agencies must collaborate on information-sharing, form joint working groups, cooperate with foreign partners, and leverage technology to carry out activities such as combating duty evasion and intellectual property rights violations.
CBP’s Challenge in Preventing the Importation of Stolen Cultural Property
September 22, 2016
As the lead U.S. Government Agency responsible for preventing the illegal importation of stolen artifacts at the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a significant challenge in interdicting traffic of Middle East antiquities stolen and smuggled amidst ongoing violence in the region. This area of responsibility includes: investigating suspicious imports of cultural property, seizing suspicious merchandise, and repatriating stolen or smuggled cultural property. A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report “Cultural Property: Protection of Iraqi and Syrian Antiquities” discussed that challenge and the debate within area of study regarding the extent of the problem.
Annual Review & Outlook, 2016
Cargo theft, smuggling, the import of harmful consumer products, and duty evasion all pose risks to public health and safety or cost a country customs revenue. But unlike threats perpetrated from the outside, violations committed by customs personnel themselves require a different set of safeguards.
The Importance Of Data Sharing In The Global Fight Against Terrorism
July 20, 2015
As security concerns regarding international air passenger travel have evolved since September 11, 2001, so, too, have the strategies to mitigate them. While concerns over the threat of a hijacker causing harm to an aircraft or its passengers persist, the emergence of foreign fighters leaving their countries for the Middle East to join terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State (ISIL) raises new concerns in the international air travel environment.