On October 19, 2017, the Commerce Department announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the two agencies to work together to facilitate international e-commerce and strengthen enforcement of U.S. customs laws. The announcement said the fast-changing e-commerce trade environment requires collaboration on policies and programs to help U.S. businesses compete in international markets.

The announcement said that the MOA denotes various ways that DOC and DHS will work together including:

  • Assisting U.S. businesses in growing their international e-commerce operations and helping SMEs to better understand policies and procedures that impact e-commerce and distribution of goods;
  • Working with partners within the U.S. government, the private sector, and the governments of international trading partners to identify and eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers, and promoting the growth of a more competitive international e-commerce market; and
  • Addressing legitimate barriers to e-commerce, especially those that impede micro, small and medium-sized enterprises’ ability to comply with customs laws and regulations.

Signing the MOA leverages Commerce and DHS resources to provide better service to the business community and promotes robust compliance with U.S. customs and trade laws. The collaboration between the two agencies will help build a competitive, sustainable e-commerce supply-chain infrastructure.

The points of contact for the MOA will be:

For DOC: Director, Office of Supply Chain, Professional and Business Services

Director, Supply Chain Team

International Trade Specialist, Omnichannel Distribution

For DHS: Deputy Assistant Secretary Trade and Transport Policy, DHS Office of Strategy, Policy and Plans

Director for Trade Policy, DHS Office of Strategy, Policy and Plan

Branch Chief, E-Commerce and Small Business, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Deputy Assistant Director, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement