Typical assignments include

  • Detecting and preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States
  • Enforcing customs, immigration, and agricultural laws and regulations at U.S. ports of entry and preclearance locations worldwide
  • Preventing the illegal trafficking of people, narcotics, and contraband into the United States
  • Performing inspection, intelligence analysis, examination, and law enforcement activities including apprehension, detention and arrest relative to arrival and departure of persons, conveyances and merchandise at ports of entry
  • Conducting developmental level officer duties to protect the U.S. homeland, enforce federal laws, and efficiently facilitate legitimate trade and travel
  • Developing, planning, and participating in tactical operations
  • Interacting with carriers, other agencies and foreign entities to exchange information and provide guidance on admissibility/compliance

Importing 101

After you have review basic importation information, the next step is to seek out a professional license
US Customs Broker

The following are basic requirements prior to Importation:

  1. You must obtain a US customs bond in place before you ship. You can get this bond direct from a bond company or via your US Customs Broker. 
  2. Importer Security Filing (ISF) is the importer’s responsible to file 24hours prior to sailing. Failure to file will lead to possible exams and fines of up to $5,000.00USD per violation for inaccurate, incomplete or untimely filing.  An importer can file the ISF themselves or thru a US Customs Broker or third party.
  3. CBP entries should be process in a timely manner to get your CBP release. Contact a US Customs Broker for details.

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Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) is but one layer in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) multi-layered cargo enforcement strategy. Through this program, CBP works with the trade community to strengthen international supply chains and improve United States border security. CTPAT is a voluntary public-private sector partnership program which recognizes that CBP can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the principle stakeholders of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers. The Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 provided a statutory framework for the CTPAT program and imposed strict program oversight requirements.

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There are other programs within CBP, contact a US Customs Broker for details.

TFTEA – CBP and the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA)

The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA) was signed into law P.L. 114-125 on February 24, 2016. It is the first comprehensive authorization of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since the Department of Homeland Security was created in 2003, with the overall objective to ensure a fair and competitive trade environment.

TFTEA prohibits all products made by forced labor, including child labor, from being imported into the United States.

Fact Sheet: Forced Labor “Supply Chain Due Diligence”

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