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U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Facilitate Trade

basham.jpgStrategy Will Guide CBP's Efforts to Facilitate Trade

October 30, 2008
Washington - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner W. Ralph Basham today announced the publication of the CBP Trade Strategy at the annual CBP Trade Symposium in Washington, D.C. The trade strategy is the first published document that explains how CBP will accomplish its mission of facilitating legitimate trade.

"The Trade Strategy complements our national strategies for gaining operational control of the borders at and between the ports of entry. It will guide our efforts toward a system that is swift, safe and secure for legitimate imports entering the U.S. marketplace."   
The CBP Trade Strategy covers the next five years, when the volume of imports and the complexity of trade laws are expected to grow. In fiscal year 2008, CBP processed imports worth $2.2 trillion and collected $32 billion in revenue. ( cbp_trade_strategy(pdf - 409 KB.) )

"In the face of this explosion in trade, it's imperative that we have a strategy focused on achieving the balance between trade and security issues. A strategy that is built on priority trade issues and guides our trade mission in the field," said Commissioner Basham.

The four major goals of the trade strategy are to:

  • Facilitate legitimate trade and ensure compliance
  • Enforce U.S. trade laws and collect accurate revenue
  • Advance national and economic security
  • Intensify modernization of CBP's trade processes

The Trade Strategy reflects CBP's layered approach to trade facilitation and enforcement, which expands pre-entry and post-release compliance verification programs to reduce unnecessary delays for legitimate imports at the borders.

Speaking to the trade at the symposium, Commissioner Basham said, "Many of you in this room have contributed to it. This strategy is forward looking and brings together all our trade priorities in one document.

So that we-CBP-and you, the trade-know where we are going-and we are not relying on hope to get us there. It's a strategy that relies on sharing information, sharing resources, and sharing a common commitment to protect this country-and grow our economy."

Please visit the Trade page on for more information on CBP's Trade Strategy. ( Trade )

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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