Commercial Targeting and Risk Management can Enhance Trade Compliance, Prevent Violations, and allow for Effective Trade Agreements

A contentious debate continues in Washington regarding pending free trade agreements (FTAs) between the U.S. and trading partners in both Europe and Asia. While complexities and concerns on both sides of the issue involving trade promotion authority, economic stimulus, job protection, currency manipulation, public health and safety – to name a few – should be acknowledged and addressed; it is important to recognize that the risk of trade violations, which some believe will increase for the U.S. if either FTA is signed, can be mitigated through proper risk management practices by U.S. border and trade enforcement authorities, such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

​Beyond addressing physical security concerns, innovative commercial targeting practices used by CBP and its partner agencies utilize data received from industry to identify cargo which may pose a higher risk for violations such as dumping or duty evasion. To further enhance the United States’ capability to reduce the risk of trade violations, all parties in the Legislative and Executive branches should be fully informed of what tools our border authorities have at their disposal, work together to build interagency partnerships, and provide resources to these risk management efforts which are critical in raising U.S. customs revenue and supporting American business.

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