On March 6, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published its new strategy to address the growing challenges of ecommerce. With the rapid growth of ecommerce trade, CBP is seeing a shift from the traditional methods of larger containerized shipments to small, low-value packages. These small, just-in-time packages of the ecommerce world can pose the same health, safety, and economic security risks as containerized shipments.

The growing volume of ecommerce shipments entering the U.S. every day, coupled with the limited amount of actionable data available to CBP and other government agencies, will require CBP to find new methods and resources to facilitate trade and enforce trade laws.