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Office of Trade

The Office of Trade (OT) consolidates the trade policy, program development, and compliance measurement functions of CBP into one office. The Office provides uniformity and clarity for the development of CBP's national strategy to facilitate legitimate trade and manages the design and implementation of results-driven strategic initiatives for trade compliance and enforcement. It directs national enforcement responses through effective targeting of goods crossing the border as well as strict, swift punitive actions against companies participating in predatory trade practices. Through coordination with international partners and other U.S. government agencies it directs the enforcement of intellectual property rights, the identification of risks to detect and prevent the importation of contaminated agricultural or food products and the enforcement of free trade agreement eligibility. By promoting trade facilitation through partnership programs, the Office of Trade will streamline the flow of legitimate shipments and foster corporate self-governance as a means of achieving compliance with trade laws and regulations. A risk-based audit program is used to respond to allegations of commercial fraud and to conduct corporate reviews of internal controls to ensure importers comply with trade laws and regulations. Finally, the Office of Trade provides the legal tools to promote facilitation and compliance with customs, trade and border security requirements through: the issuance of all CBP regulations, legally binding rulings and decisions, informed compliance publications and structured programs for external CBP training and outreach on international trade laws and CBP regulations.

Last modified: 
August 23, 2016