CBP Needs to Enhance Its Guidance and Oversight of High-Risk Maritime Cargo Shipments

This report describes how U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) oversees high-risk maritime cargo through inspections, and how that information is kept. They found that some of the data CBP keeps related to high-risk maritime cargo contained errors. Additionally, the GAO found that, while the "vast majority" of high-risk maritime shipments were inspected, some were not for two reasons, either they fell into a predetermined category for standard exceptions or it was found that the high-risk classification was given due to some sort of error. The report recommends that standard definitions for exceptions be developed in order to ease the process and prevent mistakes in the inspection process. It also recommends guidance be disseminated more effectively in order to improve the documentation of waived inspections.

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