U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or the CBP are among the agencies that are part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, DHS, which was founded in November 2002.
The CBP’s vision statement is to enhance the nation’s security through innovation, intelligence, collaboration, and trust. To also develop precise security procedures while ensuring compliance with the nation’s immigration, health and international trade laws and regulations.
The CBP today
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is one of the largest law enforcement organizations in the world. They have a comprehensive mandate that combines border management and control, customs, immigration, border security and agricultural protection.
With the United States having 328 ports of entry, more than 21,000 CBP officers inspect/examine passengers and cargo at these ports. The CBP also has over 2,200 agriculture specialists who handle the spread of harmful pests, as well as plant and animal diseases that may harm America’s farms and food supply, and potentially cases involving bio and agro-terrorism, reported by Freightwaves.
Another responsibility of the CBP is the Container Security Initiative, which identifies and inspects foreign cargo at its origin. The CBP works alongside the host nation counterparts to identify and screen containers that may pose a risk at the foreign port of departure before those containers are loading on U.S. bound vessels.
Security is crucial when moving goods across borders. If you would like to learn more about U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and how it can impact your freight, contact us today!