WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomed the addition of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to the Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center (CTAC) on September 19 with the signing a Memorandum of Understanding. TTB joins CBP, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and nine other existing Federal government agencies as part of the CTAC.
This multi-agency enforcement partnership works to target, interdict and investigate the importation, exportation and trafficking of articles that pose a risk to import safety, involve environmental crimes, and illicit wildlife and cultural property.
“The CTAC stands as a glowing example of how interagency collaboration as ‘one U.S. Government at the border’ can better serve the American public,” said Brenda B. Smith, Executive Assistant Commissioner for the CBP Office of Trade. “CTAC collaboration, which is fortified by the progress of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Single Window, allows for better management of resources and more efficient, streamlined import processing.”
“TTB sees the opportunity to partner with other Federal agencies through the CTAC, as an opportunity to continue to promote TTB’s mission to protect U.S. consumers by ensuring the integrity of alcohol products imported into the U.S.,” said Thomas R. Crone, Assistant Administrator, TTB Field Operations.
Bringing together Federal agencies to collectively target against high-risk shipments and increase compliance with Federal standards and regulations allows the U.S. Government to more cohesively serve the U.S. public. CBP is proud to host the CTAC and cultivate this effort to enhance inter-agency information sharing, curb redundancies, streamline inspections at the ports of entry and increase efforts throughout the trade community to facilitate legitimate trade.
For additional information on the CTAC, please visit www.cbp.gov/ctac.
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.