s the rst six months o scal year 2010 comes to aclose, there have been some changes at U.S. Customsand Border Protection (CBP). Perhaps the most noticeableis my coming aboard as the agency’s new Commissioner. Ihad the privilege o joining the distinguished and dedicatedmen and women o CBP at the end o March. Teopportunity to serve at the agency’s helm is both a greathonor and a rst-rate challenge.For those o you who have been longtime readers o this report, you also will notice that there is somethingdierent about this issue o
Import rade rends.
Tereport, rst published in 1998 as CBP’s ocial, singlesource o trade statistics, has a new look and a new approach to communicating about the work that we do.Te mission at CBP remains the same. Protectingthe homeland and the nation’s borders remain ourcritical mission. rade enorcement and support remainsa keystone o CBP’s oundation. Since America’sounding, unds collected rom duties andthe enorcement activities done by this agency havebeen essential to the nancial health o the country,and more recently, the saety and well-being o American citizens.My intent moving orward is to strengthensignicantly our ability to serve as a acilitator o trade while maintaining the highest level o security or ournation. A core aspect o this approach is to view ourborders as fows o goods and cargo and o passengersand people, not merely as juridical lines on a map orpolitical boundaries between countries. We apply thisview beore and ater goods arrive in the United States.Security and trade go hand-in-hand. Te two, in act,are inseparable. By improving our risk management andtrade segmentation practices, we can utilize our layeredsecurity approach to achieve this synthesis. We expeditethe movement o lawul and trusted traders and travelersprecisely to ocus on the trac we know least about, andthereore, present the greatest risk. Partnerships withindustry and government, verications o productionand supply chains, and audits o import records allcontribute to securing our borders and acilitatingthe fow o goods. CBP will work hard to integratesecurity and best trade practices so that the two arecomplementary. We will seek out actively the assistanceo the private sector without whose collaboration wecannot succeed. As the economy rebounds, 2010 has been a moretypical year in terms o trade trends. In 2009, ater many successive years o growth, both the volume and value o goods imported into the U.S. declined dramatically. Tis, o course, was a leading indicator o the worldwide economiccontraction that ollowed the global nancial crisis.Domestic economic health can be measured by thevalue o our imports. Tis year that translates to goodnews. During the rst quarter o scal year 2010, theU.S. resumed normal trade patterns. Imports are now approaching 2006 levels, with 2007 levels within reach.Te trend suggests continued growth beyond 2010.
Import rade rends
provides a snapshot o the globaleconomy. It allows us to analyze trade activity duringthe last six months and to readily establish trend linesderived rom comparisons with perormance in previousyears. Based on the data that’s been collected by CBP, weconrm that ordinary seasonal patterns are recurring in amanner that refects our recovering economy. According to the Central Intelligence Agency’s
Te World Factbook,
U.S. import value exceeds 95 percent o the gross domestic product or all countries in the worldcombined. Even though imports were down in 2009,CBP processed imports valued at more than $1.7 trillionand the agency generated nearly $30 billion or the U.S.reasury. CBP remains the largest revenue generator orthe U.S. Government ater the Internal Revenue Serviceand the Social Security Administration. Among other developments this year, CBPestablished the
Commercial argeting and Analysis Center (CAC)
, an interagency working group, to ocus onimport saety issues. By partnering with other ederalagencies, CBP can more eectively protect Americanconsumers rom unsae imports and at the same timecoordinate review and inspection activities with otheragencies or which CBP serves as executive agent at theborder. CBP continues to move orward in modernizingthe agency’s business and inormation technology processes to acilitate trade. In February, a new phaseo the
Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)
wasimplemented, allowing importers to le antidumpingand countervailing duty entry summaries electronically or the rst time.Moreover, not surprisingly, during scal year2009, China established itsel as our top source o imports. As the economies o the U.S. and Chinabecome increasingly intertwined, it is my expectationthat our capacity to resolve issues o mutual interestcollaboratively will be enhanced in such crucial areas asintellectual property rights and consumer product saety.Finally, I restate my intention to operationalizeour commitment to secure trade acilitation. I look orward to working with the private sector and with ourpartner agencies to contribute both to the security andthe prosperity, as well as the economic competitivenesso our nation.
Message from the Commissioner
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