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Q. Can you tell us about U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s trade strategy?

A. CBP recently released the “CBP Trade Strategy 2020.” According to the announcement, “CBP will focus on four major areas aimed at further enhancing the agency’s security posture, modernizing import/export processes, improving our trade intelligence, and maximizing efficiencies.” The strategy builds on the tools and authorities provided by the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, and outlines a framework for CBP’s priorities. The focus areas identified are:

  • Secure trade lanes
  • Next generation facilitation
  • Intelligent enforcement
  • Resource optimization

Key elements of the “secure trade lanes” focus area include enhancing the CBP Trusted Trader program, enhancing the 1USG Single Window initiative, and ensuring that ecommerce shipments are secure. 

The “next generation facilitation” focus area highlights the need for an update of the Customs Modernization Act, modernization of export procedures, and the facilitation of legitimate ecommerce shipments.

The “intelligent enforcement” focus area lays out the need for an integrated trade enforcement approach in coordination with partner government agencies and a strengthening of targeting efficiencies using predictive analytics and intelligence.

Finally, the “resource optimization” focus area addresses the need to “broadcast the value of the trade mission,” while creating efficiencies through transformation and investing in the CBP workforce and technology.

CBP's Trade Strategy 2020 is both comprehensive and ambitious and may be found here.