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Small Business Outreach

The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) mandates that CBP educate small and medium businesses on their compliance regarding importing and exporting into the U.S. This requirement is met by CBP’s Office of Trade Relations (OTR), who through various outreach efforts, raises awareness of resources available.

OTR has a national and regional partnership with the Small Business Administration (SBA).  We are responsible for managing CBP's outreach and communications with the international trade community, including the small and medium sized business community. OTR ensures that the trade community and the public understand that trade is an integral part of CBP's mission; making America safer, stronger, more prosperous, and economically competitive. As we continue to focus on economic growth, OTR has partnered with SBA’s Office of the National Ombudsman and other small business entities to educate small and medium business owners on trade facilitation and compliance as it relates to importing, exporting and the global supply chain. 

OTR’s outreach efforts to the small business community come in various forums; webinars, in-person roundtables and Small Business Trade Days.

Topics covered may include a variety of information, such as:

  • CBP’s role in Trade imports and exports - Automation and Partnership
  • What small business owners need to know and what they should avoid when importing into the U.S.
  • The role of the Broker in imports and exports, and how they can help
  • Resources available to the small and medium businesses (SBREFA, SBA Programs and DHS/CBP Contract Opportunities)

Upcoming Events:

  • May 22, 2019: A Walk Through Chapter 59 - Webinar
  • May 23, 2019: Seafood Products of Chapter 3 and 16 - Webinar
  • May 29, 2019: Water Sport Equipment and Water Craft - Webinar
  • May 30, 2019: Chapter 67 Odds and Ends - Webinar
  • June 3, 2019: Textile Outer Soles - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • June 5, 2019: Women's Knit Skirts and Trousers - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • June 6, 2019: Heading 3916 Monofilament, Rods, Sticks and Profile Shapes - Webinars (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • June 10, 2019: Classification of Upper Body Undergarments - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • June 12, 2019: Parts of General Use - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • June 13, 2019: Memory Devices of Headings 8541, 8523 and 8471 - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • June 17, 2019: Structures/Classification of Chapter 29 Subchapter X - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • June 18, 2019: Woven Anoraks and Common Classification Mistakes - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • June 20, 2019: Fertilizers of Chapter 31 - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • June 24, 2019: Lamps of Heading 8539 - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • June 25, 2019: Current Issues in Festive Articles - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • June 26, 2019: History and Classification of Drones (UAVs) - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • June 27, 2019: Toilet and Kitchen Linen and Other Towels - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • July 8, 2019: Miscellaneous Edible Preparations of Heading 2106 - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • July 10, 2019: Unraveling Yarns - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • July 11, 2019: Completely Obscured Garments - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • July 15, 2019: Classification of Refrigerant Mixtures - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • July 16, 2019: Wood Flooring Classification Refresher - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • July 17, 2019: Heading 9022 - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • July 18, 2019: Fibers and Fabrics Back to Basics - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • July 22, 2019: Chapter 61 Statistical Notes 6. Knit to Shape Garments - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • July 23, 2019: Steel Wire - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • July 24, 2019: Textile/Plastic Combinations - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST)
  • July 25, 2019: Precious and Semi-Precious Stones of Headings 7103 and 7104 - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • July 29, 2019: Other Cast Articles of Iron or Steel - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • July 30, 2019: Classification of Coins of Heading 7118 - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • July 31, 2019: Aluminum: Trade Remedies and AD/CVD - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • August 1, 2019: Heading 4202: A Tale of Two Sections - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • August 3, 2019: TransAtlantic Expo - Irving, TX
  • August 7, 2019: Headings 6205 and 6206 Recent Issues - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • August 8, 2019: Classification of Tea - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • August 13, 2019: CBP Field Trade Day - Detroit, MI
  • August 19, 2019: Tableware and Kitchenware of Plastic and Wood - Webinar (registration pending 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • September 3-6, 2019: SBDC Annual Conference - Long Beach, CA

Past Events:

  • April 17, 2019: CBP/SBDC Small Business Trade Day - Stillwater, OK
  • April 9, 2019: National Small Business Exporters Summit - Savannah, GA
  • December 11, 2018: CPSC Webinar with NCBFAA
  • September 26, 2018: Trade Day with CONECT - Natick, MA
  • April 26, 2018: Industry Trade Day - Laredo, TX
  • March 5, 2018: Webinar with NCBFAA
  • March 9, 2017: Industry Trade Day - San Diego, CA

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss an opportunity to collaborate with CBP in our outreach efforts, please contact OTR at (202) 344-1440 or cbpsbrelations@cbp.dhs.gov.

Last modified: 
May 20, 2019