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Import/Export Modernisation, Improved Enforcement Among CBP’s Near-Term Priorities

Further enhancing supply chain security, modernising import and export processes, improving trade intelligence and maximising efficiencies are the four major areas U.S. Customs and Border Protection will focus on over the next two years. These goals are set forth in CBP’s “Trade Strategy 2020,” which builds on the tools and authorities provided by the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act and provides a framework for agency priorities within its overarching mission of providing trade security, enforcement and facilitation.

Supply Chain Security
CBP is looking to enhance the trusted trader concept by expanding the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, achieving a “one U.S. government” approach and securing reciprocal benefits under trading partners’ authorised economic operator programmes. Other objectives include managing imports and exports through the 1USG single window, deploying authentication technologies to reduce supply chain barriers and ensuring that e-commerce shipments are secure.

Trade Facilitation
Developing a “Customs Modernization Act 2.0” to update statutory authorities to reflect the contemporary international trade and customs environment is a high priority, as is streamlining CBP regulations in accordance with White House directives. CBP is also looking to modernise the export process by obtaining advance information, extending single-window functionality to exports and investing in “export front-line operations.” Facilitating legitimate e-commerce is also a key goal.

Enforcement
CBP intends to take an integrated approach to trade enforcement through a national commercial enforcement analysis and response process, a proactive 1USG approach, implementation of the Enforce and Protect Act and focus on forced labour and priority trade issues. CBP also plans to strengthen targeting efficiencies using predictive analytics and intelligence and to drive “consequence delivery” through importer risk assessment and network investigations.

Resource Optimisation
Among CBP’s objectives are identifying, negotiating and implementing resource strategies and investing in people and technologies, including enhancement of the Automated Commercial Environment, sustaining the single window and investigating emerging technologies.

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