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International Operations

San Diego Border Patrol and Mexican authorities increase binational operations to combat human smuggling

SAN DIEGO — Acknowledging the continued need for a united front against transnational criminal organizations, the San Diego Border Patrol and its Mexican counterparts have intensified binational collaboration to address the issue of increased human smuggling throughout the San Diego/Tijuana border region.

Technology Meets Afghanistan Challenges

On Aug. 14, 2021, the Taliban took control of the city of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.  Shortly thereafter, President Joe Biden announced the U.S. would be evacuating over 100,000 people from Afghanistan. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), alongside other federal agencies, responded to the rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan and mobilized a comprehensive campaign called Operation Allies Welcome. CBP was asked to support OAW by providing personnel and technology to aid in processing evacuees.

CBP signs Mutual Recognition Arrangement with Brazil

WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Brazil’s Customs Authority Receita Federal today signed an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA). This MRA builds on other agreements between CBP and the Government of Brazil and ensures coordination for each nation’s supply chain security as well as efforts in combating customs and trade offenses.

CBP Reducing Hours of Operation for the Vanceboro, Maine Port of Entry

CALAIS, ME – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be reducing the hours of operations for the Vanceboro Port of Entry (POE) from 24/7 to 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. beginning on September 11, 2022.                                                             

International Initiatives

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) coordinates and supports international initiatives, programs and activities with our external partners around the world. The CBP Office of International Affairs (INA) has been tasked to advance the diplomatic mission of CBP and extend the zone of U.S. border security across the globe. INA leads the international mission of CBP and acts as a force multiplier for CBP frontline operators through the sharing of information, international-partner engagement, and the promotion of CBP international initiatives.

Commissioner Magnus Shares CBP Priorities and Promotes Good Governance of WCO During First Official Visit to Europe

“Our partnership with the World Customs Organization is vital to achieving our mission of facilitating legitimate trade and travel while protecting Americans from illicit and often dangerous goods,” CBP Commissioner Magnus said. “The WCO Council is an important forum for sharing best practices with our international partners and for working together to solve challenges shared by the global customs community.”