(March 4, 2016)
WASHINGTON—As the agency charged with protecting America’s borders, welcoming visitors to the United States, and facilitating the nation’s international trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection plays a vital role in the national security and economic prosperity of the United States. Today, CBP released its fiscal year 2015 travel and trade-related statistics.
“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.”
Highlights of the Article:
Travel Facilitation – “CBP officers processed more than 382 million travelers at air, land and sea ports of entry in FY 2015, an increase of 2 percent from the previous fiscal year. More than112 million international travelers arrived at U.S. air ports of entry, an increase of 5.1 percent from the previous fiscal year. Despite the continued increase in international air travelers, the national average wait time at the top 10 international airports was down 3 percent.”
Utilizing Technology to Improve Passenger Experience – “In FY 2015, CBP accomplished:
- Installed Automated Passport Control kiosks in 14 new locations to streamline the traveler inspection process, reduce wait times and enhance security. At some APC locations, wait times decreased by as much as 27 percent. Eligible travelers can use APC kiosks to expedite their entry into the U.S. at 38 airports worldwide, including all major international airports in the United States.
- Completed a pilot program in partnership with Airports Council International-North America for Mobile Passport Control, the first authorized smartphone app to expedite the entry process for U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors. The free app offers travelers arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Miami International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport another option to expedite their entry into the United States. CBP plans to expand MPC to more airports in 2016…
- Additionally, CBP’s five partnerships established under Section 560, to include Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the City of El Paso, the South Texas Assets Consortium, the Houston Airport System, and the Miami-Dade County in Florida, have provided new or enhanced port processing services on a reimbursable basis. A decrease in the average wait times at these locations is due in part to these partnerships with wait times in FY 2015 decreasing 14.6 percent at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, 11.1 percent at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and 7 percent at the Ysleta and Paso Del Norte Bridges in El Paso.”
Trusted Traveler Programs – “Global Entry, the agency’s largest program with more than 2.6 million members, is operational at 47 U.S. airports and 13 Preclearance locations; these locations serve 99 percent of incoming travelers to the United States. CBP added five Global Entry kiosk locations in 2015.”
Preclearance – “More than 17 million travelers were processed at one of CBP’s Preclearance locations in Canada, Ireland, the Caribbean, and the United Arab Emirates in 2015, accounting for more than 15 percent of total international air travel this year.”
Trade Facilitation – “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.”
Unsafe Imports – “In FY 2015, CTAC initiated 368 seizures of unsafe imported products with a gross Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of$24 million. This represents a 107 percent increase in the number of CTAC-initiated seizures over the previous year.”
Protecting America’s Domestic Industries – “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. ”
Modernizing Trade Systems – “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. “
For the full article, click here: http://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/2016-03-04-000000/cbp-releases-fiscal-year-2015-trade-and-travel