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21st Century Customs Framework

CBP is cognizant of the need to stay modern in order to meet the challenges of an evolving trade landscape.  New actors, industries, and modes of conducting business have emerged, disrupting the traditional global supply chain.  To continue to effectively fulfill CBP’s mission, CBP is pursuing an initiative titled “The 21st Century Customs Framework” (21CCF).  The 21CCF seeks to address and enhance numerous aspects of CBP’s trade mission to better position the agency to operate in the 21st century trade environment.

Mission Statement

To develop a legal and operational framework that embraces 21st Century processes and emerging technology 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.

Vision Statement

To be a change agent for the business of global trade; enabling an agile, efficient, data-driven, interconnected, and secure customs enterprise for the 21st Century and beyond.

21st Century Customs Framework Themes

Based on the inputs provided by trade stakeholders during two public comment periods and a public meeting, CBP has refined the six original 21CCF themes into five foundational pillars around which 21CCF objectives and projects will be organized. Cutting-edge technology will serve as a cross-cutting enabler in support of all five pillars.

An image of the five pillars of 21CCF: Enhance Facilitation and Security through 21st Century Processes; Define Customs and Trade Responsibilities for Emerging and Traditional Actors; Ensure Seamless Data Sharing and Access; Employ Intelligent Enforcement; Protect and Enhance Customs Infrastructure through Secure Funding.


Public Comment Period

On March 1, 2019, CBP held a public meeting on the 21st Century Customs Framework at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. The transcript may be accessed here.

From December 21, 2018 to February 4, 2019 and from March 12, 2019 to April 11, 2019, CBP opened two comment periods to solicit public input on the 21st Century Customs Framework themes. These comment periods were announced via Federal Register Notices (FRN).

Public input is vital as CBP pursues policy, regulatory, and statutory improvements as part of this comprehensive modernization effort. For additional information or to provide feedback, please contact the 21CCF team at

Last modified: 
June 7, 2019