CBP Trade Strategy
Fiscal Years 2009–2013
Message from the Commissioner
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an agency within the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security (DHS), is responsible for managing and securing our Nation’s
borders both at and between the ports of entry while facilitating legal travel and
trade. Over the last five years, the U.S. economy has experienced rapid growth in
trade within an increasingly complex environment. On a typical day, CBP processes
$5.2 billion in imports, collects $68.5 million in duties, and processes over 85,000
entries. With expanded access to goods comes a greater potential for harm to the
American people and economy where the pace and frequency of trade in today’s
global marketplace leaves little room for error or delay.
To address the growth, risks, and complexities of international trade, CBP developed a
Trade Strategy to guide our efforts toward a system that is swift, safe, and secure for
legitimate imports entering the U.S. marketplace. We will realize this vision by achieving four strategic goals:
Facilitate Legitimate Trade and Ensure Compliance
– manage a consistent and risk-based trade process, reduce
delays to compliant imports, and strengthen partnerships to ensure compliance.
Enforce U.S. Trade Laws and Collect Accurate Revenue
– apply expert knowledge of trade laws and
swift enforcement actions to identify, address, and deter high-risk trade law violations and ensure proper
Advance National and Economic Security
– protect the U.S. economy and consumers from unsafe imports and
unfair trade practices, assist in establishing and directing U.S. trade policy, and operate trade import processes
that complement national and economic security goals.
Intensify Modernization of CBP’s Trade Processes
– position the agency to successfully achieve business
results and realize the benefits of modernization.
A layered approach to trade facilitation and enforcement is of utmost importance to the successful achieveme