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What We Do

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We facilitate legitimate trade, enforce laws, and protect the American economy as well as consumer health and safety. Collaborating with industry and government partners, we create a fair, competitive, and safe trade environment, and we enforce U.S. trade laws to protect national economic security. Our expertise in the trade community allows us to lead the development of streamlined and efficient processes that provide certainty for legitimate importers, while combating transnational crime. Our people serve a critical role in protecting American business from unfair trade practices.

 

Attorney Advisor

The Attorney-Advisor is an expert on the specific laws, regulations, questions, practices and other matters which pertain to the functions of the branch to which assigned, and exercises an exceptional degree of independence in completing varied and complex assignments. The Attorney-Advisor uses knowledge of customs law and related matters to provide technical legal advice relating to the wide-ranging functions of the Regulations and Rulings Directorate within CBP’s Office of Trade. 

Typical Assignments Include:

  • Developing binding administrative rulings and other decisions with respect to the classification of imports under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, valuation, marking, country of origin, entry processes and other legal issues affecting trade and transactions between importers, carriers, brokers, and others;
  • Promulgating CBP regulations related to customs revenue functions and border security issues;
  • Adjudicating and giving technical legal guidance on the imposition, mitigation, remission or cancellation of fines, penalties, seizures, forfeitures and liquidated damages for violations of the customs and navigation laws, regulations and policies, and the acceptance or rejection of offers in compromise or settlement of cases related to such issues;
  • Providing guidance to CBP field personnel and members of the importing community on intellectual property rights issues involving trademark, copyright and patent laws applicable to importation of goods;
  • Administering exclusion orders issued by the United States International Trade Commission by conducting inter partes proceedings;
  • Drafting appeal decisions in CBP Freedom of Information Act cases;
  • Developing position papers related to issues before the World Customs Organization and representing the U.S. at the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized System Committee and Technical Committee on Customs Valuation;
  • Assisting United States Trade Representative with negotiations of free trade or trade promotion agreements on customs subjects;
  • Providing domestic and international training on customs laws at the request of other government agencies and CBP offices;
  • Assisting with litigation with Office of Chief Counsel and/or Department of Justice; and
  • Representing CBP at inter-agency consultations, meetings with associations, industry groups, and foreign governments.

Required Skill Sets:

  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate ideas, orally and in writing, to support legal/policy conclusions to government officials, as well as private industry representatives and their counsel;
  • Ability to determine relevant issues involved in a matter, analyze, research, and apply relevant law to the pertinent facts in a case in order to draft well-crafted recommendations or documents on the matter at hand;
  • Ability to evaluate the effect of possible rulings, decisions, settlements, regulatory changes, or new legislation on CBP on the government's positions and policies;
  • Skill in researching earlier administrative rulings, court decisions and precedent cases through automation; and
  • Knowledge of when to consult with other CBP technical experts.

Auditor

The Auditor plans, conducts, and reports on a variety of complex audit assignments involving accounting systems of various business operations, which includes import operations.

Typical Assignments Include:

  • Securing cooperation needed to coordinate, conduct, and complete assignments;
  • Performing analysis of financial, importing, and other records;
  • Auditing for compliance with CBP laws and regulations;
  • Preparing portions of audit reports which includes developing findings, citing applicable regulations, identifying problematic situations, and making recommendations.

Required Skill Sets:

  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate ideas, orally and in writing, to support audit conclusions;
  • Knowledge of accounting and auditing concepts, practices and techniques in order to audit multinational corporations;
  • Ability to research and assemble information, develop findings and prepare reports;
  • Ability to research and interpret CBP laws and regulations;
  • Have a high degree of proficiency in automation skills. This presumes a fluency in the major business and professional software packages including word processing, spreadsheet and database applications;
  • Exercise a high degree of autonomy and decision-making and make appropriate recommendations to the team leader to identify options or quantify potential violations;
  • Prepares audit documentation to ensure it meets professional audit standards and internal policies.

Economist

The Economist assists with complex economic analyses in order to support regulatory impact analysis that withstands intense scrutiny from high level officials within CBP, DHS, Congress, and the general public.

Typical Assignments Include:

  • Conducting research on topics relevant to CBP regulatory matters;
  • Assisting a project team in finding recognized experts in the field of study;
  • Gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data;
  • Drawing conclusions and presenting findings and recommendations;
  • Developing and drafting economic analysis reports that are placed in the public rulemaking docket;
  • Participating in intra-agency and inter-agency working groups concerned with homeland security and international trade policies; and
  • Reviewing regulations from other DHS components to ensure continuity with CBP positions.

Required Skill Sets:

  • Knowledge of basic economic theory and principles;
  • Knowledge of basic statistical techniques to analyze economic data;
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate ideas orally and in writing;
  • Ability to research and assemble information, develop findings, and prepare reports;
  • Ability to research and interpret CBP laws and regulations;
  • Ability to comprehend and summarize complicated methods of analysis for a broad audience; and
  • Ability to recognize and evaluate significant and critical factors, to solve complex problems, and to draw inferences based on research findings.

International Trade Analyst

The International Trade Analyst conducts research on trade compliance and enforcement, evaluates the effectiveness of programs and operations, and implements, coordinates, and oversees a variety of programs, conducts studies, and prepares briefings and presentations.

Typical Assignments Include:

  • Securing cooperation needed to coordinate, conduct, and complete assignments;
  • Providing technical advice to agency managers and to both foreign and domestic government agencies regarding the design, implementation, tracking, monitoring, and evaluation of actions concerned with international trade law enforcement policy;
  • Serving as the primary liaison between CBP and various entities representing an assigned strategic sector or trade issue;
  • Developing performance measures to assess effectiveness in trade compliance and trade law enforcement activity;
  • Researching and analyzing trade law enforcement activity for compliance risk;
  • Assisting senior specialist and/or management in planning, executing, and evaluating trade program and policy areas; and
  • Researching and analyzing international trade agreements, legislation, policies, and activities for risk and impact on agency operations.

Required Skill Sets:

  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate ideas, orally and in writing, to support conclusions;
  • Ability to research and assemble information, develop findings, and prepare reports;
  • Ability to research and interpret CBP laws and regulations;
  • Have a high degree of proficiency in automation skills, presuming a fluency in the major business and professional software packages including word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications; and
  • Exercise a high degree of autonomy and decision-making, and make appropriate recommendations to the team lead to identify options or quantify potential violations.

Import Specialist

The Import Specialist interacts with a wide range of professions: international shippers and freight forwarders, domestic and foreign manufacturers, ship captains, corporate lawyers, small business owners, and law enforcement personnel from CBP and other U.S. federal agencies. Occasionally, Import Specialists are given short-term assignments overseas as part of a multi-agency team. Responsibilities could include investigating foreign manufacturing facilities for violations involving child labor, product safety, or other areas of concern to the United States.

Typical Assignments Include:

  • Mastering a particular commodity of import/export goods such as textiles, industrial machinery, or pharmaceuticals;
  • Joining a team of specialists in your particular field who track and inspect goods going in and out of the country at a land border crossing, seaport, or airport;
  • Inspecting cargo manifests and documents in an office and also making physical inspections in cargo holds and terminal facilities;
  • Maintaining your discipline by constantly updating your knowledge, both in your commodity area and in changing U.S. import/export laws and regulations;
  • Working side by side with law enforcement officers and legal professionals; 
  • Having the authority to issue penalties and fines and to seize prohibited or suspect cargo; and 
  • Participating in negotiations and legal prosecution.

Required Skill Sets:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area, such as economics, business, or accounting; three years of general work experience, which exhibits your ability to meet and deal with people and to apply a body of facts; or a combination of education and experience; and
  • Work equally well in independent situations and as part of a team.

Management and Program Analyst

The Management and Program Analyst evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of various programs, operations, and management functions; performs a wide-range of qualitative and quantitative assessments of OT programs; and supports the development and evaluation of policies in program areas.

Typical Assignments Include:

  • Assisting policy makers in developing, evaluating, analyzing, and interpreting policies to resolve problems of functional, national, and/or international significance and impact;
  • Serving as analyst and/or advisor to management on a major mission or administrative program to assist in performing a range of developmental assignments and program activities for assessment of management processes, systems, and mission support programs. Those may include but are not limited to statistical research, performance measurement, information systems, organizational structure, planning and control systems, and new methods and procedures;
  • Implementing and coordinating program and management activities requiring qualitative and quantitative methods;
  • Developing and evaluating policies in program areas in addition to evaluating new or modified legislation that will have an impact on agency programs;
  • Providing oversight on new policies with managers and top-level officials;
  • Assisting in or developing management information systems focusing on long and short range plans, policies, or programs; and
  • Planning, developing, and coordinating management activities through briefings, presentations, and conferences for managers and top-level officials.

Required Skill Sets:

  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate ideas orally and in writing;
  • Ability to research and assemble information, develop findings, and prepare reports;
  • Ability to research and interpret CBP laws and regulations;
  • Ability to comprehend and summarize complicated methods of analysis for a broad audience; and
  • Ability to recognize and evaluate significant and critical factors, to solve complex problems, and to draw inferences based on research findings.
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