A couple of weeks ago, I attended US CBP’s East Coast Trade Symposium 2017.
Four themes jumped out during the meetings:
- Enforcement efforts will see increase
- ACE downtimes are an issue, and CBP is serious about fixes and better communication
- E-Commerce is a focus area – especially with increasing the De Minimis and exploding growth
- Opioid epidemic is a critical issue for the American public and the Trade is key to helping reduce opioids entering the US
With the President’s “America first” mission, the administration is taking a proactive approach to ensure Americans have a “level playing field” concerning trade. The message and discussions were clear rules that ensure America gets “fair trade” will see an increase in enforcement.
CBP officials openly acknowledged understanding that ACE downtimes are a significant issue with the trade and that these have direct cost impacts on business. They vowed to communicate better and begin working to solve outage issues.
E-commerce discussions occurred in multiple forums from its impact on the opioid crisis, illegal importing, and including how changing the De Minimis without changing the filing process put non-small package brokers at a disadvantage.
Overall, I would say that the meeting was successful with continuing the dialogue established over the last couple of years with the Trade and Customs working together. I see Kevin K. McAleenan as a strong leader who understands that the Trade’s input and support are essential for ensuring a successful customs trade process and trade.
The meeting was very informative, educational, and uplifting.
Sr. VP Growth Strategy