CBP Sees Increase in Trade Processing Activities in FY 2011
U.S. Customs and Border Protection released Dec. 12 data on its border enforcement and management efforts in fiscal year 2011. The report finds that CBP processed nearly $2.3 trillion in trade, up 14% from FY 2010, and 24.3 million containers. Seizures for intellectual property rights violations increased as well, totaling more than 24,800 compared to nearly 20,000 a year before. CBP also seized more than 1.6 million prohibited plant materials, meat and animal byproducts and intercepted nearly 183,000 pests at ports of entry. Other statistics of note include enrolling nearly 290,000 new participants in trusted traveler programs like NEXUS and FAST, seizing five million pounds of narcotics (up 20%) and more than $126 million in undeclared currency, processing more than 15 million travelers at 15 pre-clearance locations, and denying entry to more than 215,600 people found inadmissible for immigration, customs, health, criminal or national security reasons.