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  4. Trade News Snapshot - Volume 5, Issue 6

Trade News Snapshot - Volume 5, Issue 6


I. Office of Trade Activity

CBP renews anti-counterfeiting partnership with U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

Two men in suits sitting at a table signing an memorandum of understanding document
Tom Quaadman, Executive Vice President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center and John Leonard, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, CBP/OT.

On August 10, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner (DEAC) John Leonard met with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) in New York to sign a renewal addendum extending a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between CBP and the Chamber for an additional five years. 

The MOU, which was initially announced in May 2021, established efforts to share information and connect resources in efforts to combat the flow of counterfeit goods. In the two years since the MOU was enacted, CBP and the Chamber have worked together to host successful outreach engagements between government and private industry, share data on known or suspected intellectual property rights (IPR) violations, and conduct joint training sessions. 

The initiative has also focused on public awareness, with multiple campaigns − such as the current Shop Smart back-to-school campaign − highlighting the dangers of counterfeit goods and providing tips to help consumers avoid them. Read more about the joint initiative as well as the MOU signing event on the Chamber's website and on Twitter @CBPTradeGov.

Following the signing, DEAC Leonard participated in a round table discussion in which leaders from CBP and the Chamber discussed ways that both entities are working to further the protection of IPR, such as providing training in the field, sharing information, and working with partner government agencies. 


Tackling high-risk shipments with Global Business Identifier

On July 21, 2023, CBP extended the test period for the Global Business Identifier (GBI) initiative through February 14, 2024, to allow for increased participation. CBP is working with industry and 13 partner government agencies to pinpoint and stop high-risk shipments arriving at our borders with the Global Business Identifier (GBI) Evaluative Proof of Concept (EPoC). This collaborative effort seeks to enhance trade facilitation and trade security by testing and developing a unified business identifier solution to achieve better visibility into global supply chains. 

Companies interested in participating in the GBI test can provide data for one or more entity identifiers through the Automated Commercial Environment. Participation in the test is voluntary, and a select number of trade user volunteers will be chosen to test the single identifier solution. By participating, members of the trade community will have the opportunity to evaluate and provide feedback on the GBI EPoC design and scope and test the optimal combination of entity identifiers. The transmission of GBI data only applies to current Automated Broker Interface participants. 

For detailed information about the GBI EPoC, please review the updated Federal Register Notice and visit the GBI webpage. For any inquiries or questions, please contact


CBP opens registration period for Customs Broker License Exam

On August 14, CBP opened registration for the next Customs Broker License Exam (CBLE), which will occur on October 25. The upcoming exam will have a new configuration, with 80 multiple-choice questions, each containing four possible answer choices, rather than the previous five. Registration will remain open until September 12, 2023. Customs broker candidates can view additional information and register for the CBLE on CBP’s website


II. Outreach

EAC Highsmith calls for more women in customs 

three women in suits at a trade event, posing in front of the 2023 APEC Customs sign
The theme of the 2023 APEC Customs-Business Dialogue was “Women in Trade.” From left to right: Anne Maricich, Deputy Director for Employee Engagement and Organizational Culture, CBP/OFO; Kristie McKinney, Director, Multilateral Affairs Division, CBP/INA; and AnnMarie Highsmith, Executive Assistant Commissioner, CBP/OT.

On August 2, 2023, Executive Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Trade AnnMarie Highsmith left the crowd at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Customs-Business Dialogue with one message: the time to talk about advancing gender equity in customs administrations is over. The time to act is now. 

Customs administrations officials and business leaders from around the world met in Seattle to collaborate on solutions to attract more women into customs professions, specifically leadership positions, and ultimately into the broader trade ecosystem. 

Although CBP has a history of female leadership, this is not the norm around the world. Only two of the 18 APEC economies that responded to the 2022 and 2023 customs agency survey have more than 50 percent of women in senior leadership roles. Highsmith noted how customs administrations are uniquely positioned to promote gender equality and diversity, and how this is central to securing the national and economic security of future generations. 

The International Labour Organization suggests that reducing the labor force participation gap between men and women by 25 percent could add $3.2 trillion to Asia-Pacific economies. Businesses and customs administrations are also uniquely positioned to be advocates of diversity and change in Asia-Pacific economies to make an impact that would not only benefit future generations of women across the region, but also give a competitive advantage. Supporting women has a domino effect – everyone benefits. Diverse skill sets and perspectives are critical for our economic growth and for tackling global challenges, Highsmith emphasized. “We can’t afford not to bring more women into the customs space.”

Highsmith targeted collaboration as well as evidence and data-driven practices to close the gender gap in customs.  
She emphasized the importance of regularly collecting sex-disaggregated data within customs administrations, leading reforms in the hiring and retention of female talent, and advocating for gender equality on large global platforms like the World Customs Organization. “Data can change minds and drive change,” she said, adding that, “we can’t change the world on our own: we need partners, and we need each other.”


III. News You Can Use

Trade Statistics

Monthly Trade Statistics

In July, CBP processed more than 3 million entry summaries valued $262 billion, identifying estimated duties of nearly $7 billion to be collected by the U.S. government. Trade via the ocean environment accounted for more than 45 percent of the total import value, followed by air, truck, and rail. CBP identified 388 entries valued at more than $107 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. CBP seized nearly 1,698 shipments that contained counterfeit goods valued at more than $165 million. 

Last Modified: Nov 01, 2023