US Customs and Border Protection


US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is responsible for managing the nation's borders and ports-of-entry, applying safety procedures and preventing the passage of individuals or goods from entering the United States unlawfully.

Included In Groups

Border and Customs Agencies

Associated Inventory

US CBP Inspection Administration Systems
US CBP Border Field Equipment
US CBP Traveller Information Services
Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Program
NEXUS Program

Operational Concepts

AreaRole and Responsibility
Emergency ManagementCoordinate resource sharing with emergency management agencies during disaster response, recovery and evacuation situations.
Coordinate emergency response with other public safety agencies along the border - both US and Canadian.
Implement disaster response and emergency evacuation plans.
International Border CrossingsProcess applications for permits and electronic manifest.
Perform commercial vehicle electronic clearance at the international intermodal ports of entry.
Ensure food safety and plant and animal health, by identifying and interdicting high-risk regulated commodities.
Ensure all people coming into the US are admissible and comply with US laws and regulations.
Ensure all applicable duties and taxes are paid.
Coordinate activities with counterparts in CBSA.
Administer and operate pre-clearance programs (e.g FAST, NEXUS) to expedite movement of goods and travellers.
Traveller InformationProvide information concerning the border crossing to the travelling public either directly using traveller information services (e.g. website) or through the media.
Collect and format data concerning border crossing operations.
Coordinate border crossing information with other service providers including ministries of transportation, municipal governments, bridge/tunnel operating agencies, private traveller information service providers, etc.