CBP’s Business Transformation and Innovation Division’s (BTID) actively engages in providing strategic insight for the Office of Trade (OT). Testing in advance of a procurement or acquisition allows CBP to intelligently invest in future technologies that facilitate, secure, and reduce costs related to the movement of cargo. As an innovation group, the team utilizes fail-fast techniques, which reduce expenditures on technologies that may initially appear appealing but ultimately have insufficient business value. BTID focuses on assessing and analyzing new technologies within the parameters of CBP’s business needs and provides a futuristic vision of products and software, enabling the agency to proactively pursue advancements in the technical environment.
Since the enactment of the Customs Modernization Act of 1993, US trade volumes have increased from $600 billion to over $2,700 billon per year, with nearly two million low-value shipments entering the country daily.
Concurrently, supply chains have become increasingly dynamic and complex. To meet current trade challenges, transformational change is needed to protect American workers and businesses, ensure fair competition, increase transparency and accountability in the supply chain, and enable the swift and secure movement of legitimate goods across the U.S. border.
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Feedback and Innovative Ideas
If you would like to provide feedback on current projects or submit an innovative idea or product that may benefit the trade mission, please email OTinnovation@cbp.dhs.gov.