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  4. Trade News Snapshot - Volume 6, Issue 3

Trade News Snapshot - Volume 6, Issue 3


I. Office of Trade Activity

EAC Highsmith champions female leadership during Women’s History Month celebrations

EAC and three other panelist

Throughout March, Executive Assistant Commissioner (EAC) AnnMarie R. Highsmith addressed audiences at several events hosted by CBP, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the international customs community in celebration of Women’s History Month. During these engagements, she shared her experiences and growth as a female leader, providing a unique perspective on overcoming challenges and contributing to global conversations on increasing diversity and empowering women in customs. You can listen to what she had to say by watching this panel discussion on the topic of “Women Advocating for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion,” moderated by the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kristie Canegallo.

EAC Highsmith talks trade in Mexico City

EAC and other four women and five men

From February 28 to March 5, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) EAC Highsmith traveled to Mexico City, Mexico for meetings with Mexican customs officials, the Mexican Tax Administration, and the Mexican Department of Labor, as well as for roundtable discussions with the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, the Mexican Business Council for Foreign Trade, Investment and Technology, and other Mexican trade associations. EAC Highsmith also addressed an audience of Mexican students interested in becoming trade professionals at the Benjamin Franklin Library, where she spoke about the current challenges of global trade, CBP’s efforts to manage the rapid rise in e-commerce, and strategies to combat forced labor and supply chain disruption caused by climate change. The visit was an opportunity to advance cooperation between the United States and stakeholders in Mexico on issues such as forced labor enforcement and green trade, as well as to raise industry awareness of the implications of the 21st Century Customs Framework, ACE 2.0, and other CBP customs modernization efforts for cross-border trade.

CBP convenes Trade Facilitation and Cargo Security Summit

Secretary Mayorkas and EAC Highsmith with other four women and one man

From March 26-28, CBP hosted the Trade Facilitation and Cargo Security Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, bringing together industry professionals, partner agencies and other stakeholders to discuss the latest trade developments and best practices. EAC Highsmith and other senior leaders and experts from the Office of Trade delivered remarks and led workshops for the 1,200 individuals in attendance in Philadelphia as well as the 3,000 people tuning in virtually.

On the first day of the Summit, EAC Highsmith participated in a CBP Leadership Town Hall where she stressed the importance of collaboration with the trade community and federal partners in ensuring supply chain resiliency, described customs modernization efforts, and the implementation of the CBP Green Trade Strategy.

Town Hall

EAC Highsmith also interviewed William A. Reinsch, Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and co-host of The Trade Guys podcast. The two spoke about a number of major trade issues including forced labor, supply chain diversification, international trade agreements, the de minimis provision, and pending congressional measures regarding trade enforcement and facilitation.

Deputy EAC John P. Leonard moderated a panel of “Tackling Forced Labor in Global Trade and U.S. Supply Chains” featuring Executive Director of Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Eric Choy. Other panel discussions over the course of the Summit addressed CBP’s counter-fentanyl efforts, green trade, supply chain security, e-commerce, broker continuing education, and customs modernization initiatives such as the Global Business Identifier (GBI) test.

CBP partners with FDA on Global Business Identifier Test

During the Trade Facilitation and Cargo Security Summit, CBP announced plans to expand the focus of the GBI test in partnership with the Food and Drug Administration. Under the expanded test, the agencies will work together to explore how identifiers − unique numbers that capture information about legal business entities and their functions – can help enhance coordination across the U.S. Government. The test could help the agencies identify high-risk shipments earlier and facilitate legitimate shipments, all while promoting greater supply chain traceability. Read the Expanded GBI Test press release and refer to CBP’s GBI Test webpage for more.

Ford Motor Company resolves customs violations in historic $365 million settlement

On March 11, Ford Motor Company reached a landmark settlement to resolve civil penalty claims from CBP. The settlement stems from allegations that Ford Motor Company misclassified more than 150,000 Transit Connect cargo vehicles under the Tariff Act of 1930 and also understated the vehicles’ value to avoid paying higher duties. The settlement agreement − one of the largest customs penalty settlements in recent history – requires Ford Motor Company to pay $365 million to the United States.

This collaborative enforcement effort involved multiple offices across CBP and the Department of Justice, underlining the U.S. Government’s commitment to upholding trade regulations and maintaining a level playing field for all. Read the full U.S. Department of Justice press release to learn more about CBP’s pivotal role in this case.

II. Outreach

CBP launches innovative dashboards for trade violations and enforcement

On March 11, CBP unveiled two innovative dashboards focusing on the Enforce and Protect Act and e-Allegations programs as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance transparency in trade enforcement. These dynamic tools provide the public and the trade community with valuable insights into trade violation allegations, empowering stakeholders with key data to support fair trade practices.

Members of the public and trade community can use the new dashboards to explore updated data and global trends on the trade violation allegations that CBP receives, including information on the possible countries of origin, volume, and types of trade violation allegations processed through the Trade Violations Reporting Tool. The two dashboards are available to the public on at:

Read the press release to learn more about how these dashboards provide enhanced visibility into trade violations.

CBP leads delegation to World Customs Organization

From March 4-15, CBP’s Office of Trade led the U.S. Delegation to the 73rd Session of the Harmonized System Committee of the World Customs Organization in Brussels, Belgium. Topics covered tariff classification matters pertaining to a range of areas of interest, from merchandise related to “green trade,” food products, and products related to the automotive and technology industries. The meeting provided an opportunity to ensure that globally traded merchandise is classified in a predictable and consistent manner.

III. News You Can Use

Trade Statistics

Monthly Trade Statistics

In February 2024, CBP processed more than 2.6 million entry summaries valued at more than $255 billion, identifying estimated duties of nearly $6.5 billion to be collected by the U.S. government. Trade via the ocean environment accounted for more than 40 percent of the total import value, followed by air, truck, and rail. CBP stopped 540 shipments valued at more than $306 million for further examination based on the suspected use of forced labor, and which may be subject to a Withhold Release Order, Forced Labor Finding, or the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act’s rebuttable presumption prohibiting importation into the United States. In February, CBP seized 1,645 shipments that contained counterfeit goods valued at more than $345 million.

Last Modified: Apr 09, 2024