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21st Century Customs Framework


21CCF Announcements

  • CBP has invited industry feedback on statutory discussion drafts through a 21CCF government/industry Task Force, which the agency announced at the Public COAC meeting on March 27th of this year.

  • CBP has organized a group of subject matter experts within the task force to form a 21CCF Focus Group that officially kicked off on June 28th, 2021


21CCF Mission Statement

The 21st Century Customs Framework (21CCF) is a whole of customs effort, that provides a structured approach that will address modern trade challenges, leverage emerging opportunities, and achieve transformational long-term change. ​

Our mission is to develop legal and operational changes that embrace 21st Century processes and emerging technologies to better secure national and economic security, enhance data integrity, account for emerging actors and business practices, and better facilitate trade by reducing financial and administrative burdens and constraints in customs transactions.


Our Future Vision

Inputs from industry stakeholders and trade subject matter experts served as the foundation for the 21st Century Customs Framework and will continue to play an important role moving forward. We envision a global trade environment that enables an agile, efficient, data-driven, interconnected, and secure customs enterprise for the 21st Century and beyond.


A Transformative Approach for the Future of Trade

Growth in e-commerce, rapid technological change, and the continued expansion of the global marketplace have significantly altered how trade is conducted. 21CCF seeks to protect American workers and business, ensure fair competition, and increase transparency and accountability in the supply chain. As these shifts continue to accelerate and evolve, it is imperative for the U.S. Government to act now to pursue transformational reforms that set the stage for sustainable industry success in the 21st Century and beyond. ​

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Our Foundational Pillars

Based on the inputs provided by trade stakeholders during two public comment periods and a public meeting, CBP developed five foundational pillars. These pillars serve as our thematic guiding principals for all 21CCF modernization initiatives and activities. ​

21CCF Foundational Pillars


How We Are Driving Change​

Government and industry are coming together to modernize the legal and operational framework for trade according to the thematic principles grounded in 21CCF’s foundational pillars. The pillars seek to solve the challenges that are faced in a modernized trade environment. 21CCF aims to enable a new world of trade through:​

  • ​Enhanced Facilitation: Improving the timeliness and quality of data received in both the entry and de minimis environments to receive source information, as it materializes, from a broader set of new and emerging knowledgeable parties.  

  • Seamless Data Sharing: Expanding the ability to share more information with trade and clarify how information is used for targeting, admissibility, and other purposes.  

  • Increased Visibility & Accountability: Increasing visibility into modern supply chains to better position CBP to identify and hold culpable parties accountable for violative behavior.  

  • Timely and Effective Enforcement: Providing more enforcement flexibility and streamlining processes to better deter bad actors and protect U.S. consumers and businesses from unfair competition.  

  • Secure Funding: Exploring alternative sources of funding above and beyond annual appropriations to help build out and sustain the infrastructure that is needed to meet the demands of trade. 


21CCF Government-Industry Process

CBP has invited industry participation and feedback on refinements to the statutory framework through a  government/industry 21CCF Task Force, which the agency announced at the Public Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) meeting in March 2021.

To ensure a breadth of perspectives within 21CCF’s efforts, the Task Force is comprised of the following industry roles and equities.

Task Force Industries

To further distill and refine discussion feedback, CBP stood up a subgroup within the Task Force, the 21CCF Focus Group to conduct discussions on specific challenges in the trade environment. The 21CCF Focus Group consists of a cross-section of the larger 21CCF Task Force, including members of the Trade community and CBP. This Focus Group will develop recommendations, whether, and how to best incorporate the feedback received during 21CCF Task Force meetings. 

Last modified: 
July 26, 2021