“I want to thank the men and women of CBP for their unrelenting commitment to our national security mission,” said Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. “CBP continues to improve our ability to facilitate the ever growing amount of travelers and trade entering and leaving the United States each day, including a more than 20 percent increase in international air arrivals and a more than 7 percent increase in import value processed over the last five years.”
CBP processed more than $2.4 trillion in imports in FY 2015, while enforcing U.S. trade laws that protect the nation’s economy and the health and safety of the American public. CBP also processed approximately 33 million imports (entries) and collected approximately $46 billion in duties, taxes, and other fees, which is the highest amount collected in the last five years.
- Special programs and Free Trade Agreements represented approximately 27 percent of total U.S. imports, by value, with the North American Free Trade Agreement leading the way.
- Duty collection remains a CBP priority and the agency collected more than$37 billion in duties in FY 2015, an increase of 6.6 percent from FY 2014.
- CBP processed more than $1.5 trillion worth of U.S. exported goods and more than 26.3 million imported cargo containers through the nation’s ports of entry, an increase of 2.7 percent from FY 2014.
Antidumping and Countervailing Duties (AD/CVD) is an enforcement priority for CBP. In FY 2015, $10.1 billion of imported goods were subject to AD/CVD, and CBP collected $1.2 billion in AD/CVD deposits. CBP also levied 18 monetary penalties totaling over $60 million on importers for fraud, gross negligence, and negligence for AD/CVD violations under 19 U.S.C. § 1592. CBP and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized shipments with a domestic value of more than $5 million for violations of AD/CVD. In addition, 92 CBP audits of importers of AD/CVD commodities identified $69 million in AD/CVD discrepancies with $7 million collected to date.
In FY 2015, CBP enhanced several elements of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), the import/export system that will ultimately allow businesses to electronically transmit all import and export data required by the U.S. government. Consistent with Executive Order 13659: “Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses,” ACE is streamlining trade for industry and government by replacing paper-based processing and legacy system requirements with faster, more modernized, and more cost-effective electronic submissions.
This past year:
The percentage of core manifest processing capabilities deployed in ACE increased from 78 to 100 percent. The final mode of transportation, air, was incorporated into ACE, providing a common platform for all electronic import manifests. The percentage of core cargo release capabilities deployed in ACE increased from 68 to 90 percent. ACE cargo release processing was expanded to all CBP ports for all modes of transportation. The percentage of core post release capabilities deployed in ACE increased from 61 to 82 percent.
Electronic bond capabilities were deployed in ACE—which allow electronic filing and processing of single transaction and continuous bonds—streamlining a process that has historically been entirely manual and paper-based. Time for processing these bonds has been reduced in many cases from days to minutes.
The percentage of core export capabilities deployed in ACE increased from 59 to 93 percent.
CBP, working with the Census Bureau, has integrated AESDirect into ACE, thereby eliminating the need to maintain two data collection systems for exports—increasing efficiencies, streamlining trade and reducing costs.
The percentage of core Partner Government Agency (PGA) capabilities deployed in ACE increased from 57 to 86 percent.
CBP continued work to integrate requirements for CBP and 15 key PGAs into ACE. These PGAs have requirements that must be integrated into ACE before electronic filings become mandatory in ACE.
CBP will continue its partnerships with industry and Partner Government Agencies in FY 2016 to realize full ACE implementation by December 2016.
To read the entire CBP Press release please follow this link: CBP Publishes FY 2015 Numbers