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Lapse in Federal Funding Impact on CBP Website Operations Notice

NOTICE: Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on December 21, 2018 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date. Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed and we will not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.


Aviso del impacto de la interrupción de fondos federales en las operaciones del sitio web del Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés)

AVISO:  A causa de la interrupción de fondos federales, este sitio de web no será administrado activamente. La última actualización a este sitio web se realizó el 21 de diciembre de 2018 y no se harán más actualizaciones hasta que el gobierno reanude operaciones; por ende, puede que el sitio web no refleje la información más reciente. Es posible que no podamos procesar transacciones ni responder a
preguntas hasta que se reanuden operaciones.

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 comes 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:

  • April 17, 2019: SBA/SBDC Trade Day – Oklahoma
  • August 2, 2019: Workshop with TransAtlantic Expo – Dallas, TX
  • September 3-6, 2019: SBDC Annual Conference – Long Beach, CA

Past Events:

  • 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

Last modified: 
December 20, 2018