WASHINGTON—International trade grew in FY2017 as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) incorporated innovation and implemented new technologies to expedite goods entering the country, according to the agency. In its annual Trade and Travel Report released on Feb. 13, CBP detailed statistics on duties and tariffs, as well as import processing.

“CBP officers are charged with accomplishing two very important missions—securing the United States borders and facilitating legitimate trade and travel. CBP saw record numbers for air international arrivals and increases in cargo processed and trade enforcement in FY2017,” said CBP Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “The continued growth in trade and travel has challenged CBP to work not only harder, but smarter: incorporating new technologies and new innovations into our daily operations.”

The full FY2017 Trade and Travel Report is available Here.

The agency remains the second largest revenue collecting source in the federal government, collecting approximately $40.1 billion in duties, taxes and other fees in FY2017, including more than $34.8 billion in duties.

CBP processed $2.39 trillion in imports in FY2017, equating to 33.2 million entries and more than 28.5 million imported cargo containers at U.S. ports of entry. Imported cargo containers increased approximately 5 percent from the previous year.

During the year, CBP launched the e-Allegation web portal for parties to submit Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) allegations. The portal is designed to make it easier for members of the trade community and federal government agencies to submit allegations regarding forced labor, evasion of Anti-Dumping/Countervailing Duties (AD/CVD) against U.S. importers, and violations of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). CBP trade specialists have already initiated 14 investigations.

In partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), seizures of shipments with violations of IPR increased by 8 percent to 34,143. CBP and ICE also seized 21 shipments with a domestic value of more than $48.7 million for AD/CVD violations. CBP detained 26 shipments valued at $1.6 million on four Withhold Release Orders issued the previous year.

CBP also established the E-Commerce and Small Business Branch within the Office of Trade. E-Commerce is largely responsible for the increase in the volume of small shipments entering the U.S. stream of commerce. The branch is developing strategic goals and objectives to better address future challenges in e-commerce.

 

Source: www.cbp.gov