The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a 41-page report on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and their handling of high-risk maritime cargo shipments. According to the Executive Summary in the report titled CBP Needs to Enhance Its Guidance and Oversight of High-Risk Maritime Cargo Shipments, "When determining the disposition of high-risk shipments, CBP’s targeting units are inconsistently applying criteria to make waiver decisions and are incorrectly documenting the reasons for some waivers. CBP policy lacks definitions for standard exception waivers. As a result, targeters are inconsistently applying and recording standard exception waivers. Because of these inconsistencies, some targeting units may be unnecessarily holding shipments for examination, while others may be waiving shipments that should be examined.
Michael Laden is a Founder and Principal of the firm. He is a licensed customs broker and has been toiling in the international trade industry for almost 40 years. His full bio can be found on the ABOUT US page.