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Washington, DC - 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. Friday, 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.”

Travel Facilitation Supports Economic Prosperity

CBP continues to support the Administration’s National Travel and Tourism Strategy to expand the nation’s ability to attract and welcome international visitors while maintaining the highest standards of security.  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 than 112 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 and Partnerships to Improve Passenger Experience

CBP officers are responsible for carrying out the complex and demanding mission of securing and expediting international trade and travel at all ports of entry. CBP’s Resource Optimization Strategy is transforming the way CBP does business in land, air and sea environments. As a result, the agency continues to bring advances in technology and automation at ports of entry. In FY 2015, CBP accomplished:

Trusted Traveler Programs

CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs, which provide expedited travel for pre-approved, low risk travelers through dedicated lanes and kiosks, reached record enrollments in FY 2015.

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 Expansion

Through CBP Preclearance operations, the same immigration, customs, and agriculture inspections of international air passengers performed on arrival in the United States are instead completed before departure at foreign airports. This not only reduces wait times, but allows the United States and our international partners to jointly identify and address threats at the earliest possible point, before arriving in the United States.

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.

In May, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the United States’ intent to enter into negotiations to expand air Preclearance operations to 10 new airports in nine foreign countries. The 10 airports identified for possible Preclearance locations include Brussels Airport, Belgium; Punta Cana Airport, Dominican Republic; Narita International Airport, Japan; Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands; Oslo Airport, Norway; Madrid-Barajas Airport, Spain; Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Sweden; Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Turkey; London Heathrow Airport; and Manchester Airport, both in the United Kingdom.  In 2015, nearly 20 million passengers traveled to the United States from these 10 airports. CBP expects to sign new air Preclearance agreements in FY 2016.  The first new Preclearance airport is expected to begin processing flights within 18 months after the first agreement is signed. 

Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Supports Economic Prosperity

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.

Protecting Americans from Unsafe Imports

As a multiagency fusion center, the Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center (CTAC) targets commercial shipments that pose a threat to the health and safety of American consumers.  CTAC is composed of 11 federal government agencies who have a shared interest in the prevention, preemption, deterrence and investigation of violations of importation laws that affect U.S. interest in the import safety environment. 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: 

CBP will continue its partnerships with industry and Partner Government Agencies in FY 2016 to realize full ACE implementation by December 2016.