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Current Situation of the Global Supply Chain

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The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is always keeping up with the technological advances and initiatives to help hasten its processing. One of the biggest challenges to the U.S. Customs is keeping security because it is a complex part of their task with the ever increasing demand in the global supply chain.

CBP is constantly keeping up with speed by partnering with expert logistic partners to help manage importation and exportation of goods while keeping track of new technology and advances.

The supply chain is designed in a way that it includes people, organization, information, activities, and resources to help provide better transport of products or services from supplier to buyer. A balance between speed and security in the supply chain will help improve efficiency of transferring shipments while abiding by the law of the country.

Speed and efficiency all belong to customs. Pushing for speed does not comply with the reality that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is in-charge with processing, screening, and clearance of imports and exports in all states in the country. The best solution CBP plans to implement is the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). This will greatly improve on speed since it only needs a single window to submit and process all information quickly. The current process involves manual keying and processing which takes a lot of time.

Since security is one of the biggest challenges, the CBP is implementing a 100% Scanning Law where all air and sea cargo undergo inspection upon entering the U.S. This full security action greatly affects the speed of work since they have to make sure everything is in place and within maximum security.

The speed and security in the supply chain may not always meet where some instance conflicts arise. But the balance between the two can help create a smooth flow that would be for the benefit of all.

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