On March 8, 2018, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a 10-page document entitled, “E-Commerce Strategy.” The document states that CBP must adapt to the changing ways business is conducted due to the increasing volume of low-value packages driven by consumer e-commerce. The shift from traditional methods of importing via large containerized shipments to small, low value packages has presented new challenges for CBP and requires new methods and resources for CBP to continue to carry out its mission of facilitating trade and enforcing trade laws. CBP has developed its e-commerce strategy to advance four primary goals, each of which is explained in more detail in the document:

  • Enhance legal and regulatory authorities to better posture CBP and interagency partners to address emerging threats;
  • Enhance and adapt all affected CBP operations to respond to emerging supply chain dynamics created by the rapid growth of e-commerce;
  • Drive private sector compliance through enforcement resources and incentives; and
  • Facilitate international trade standards for e-commerce to support economic prosperity.

In addition to the E-Commerce Strategy publication, CBP has prepared a two-page fact sheet on the strategy.