U.S. Customs Working to Curb Illicit E-Commerce Traffic

(Chris Gillis – American Shipper)

The rapidly increasing wave of e-commerce shipments entering the United States from abroad over the past two years has Customs and Border Protection ready to take collective action with the industry to enhance security over this trade.

“Stay tuned,” CBP Acting Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez told attendees at the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America’s Government Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday. “We’re about ready to roll up our sleeves and lock ourselves in a room like we did with CTPAT.” [...]

Todd E. Owen, CBP’s executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations, noted that the agency has observed a preponderance of ocean containers arriving from China at Canadian ports, being deconsolidated and then their products being shipped to the United States in truck trailers containing hundreds of small packages designed to qualify for U.S. de minimis. These truckloads have started to overwhelm CBP officers’ interdiction efforts at the northern border ports, he said. Click here to read more.