The Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection Partnership. Securing an Evolving Maritime Supply Chain

This article describes how the new cash-strapped government established the U.S. Customs Service after the revolution in 1789. Because post-Revolutionary War smuggling was still alive and well, the current Secretary of the Treasury championed the construction of 10 revenue cutters in 1790. This Revenue Cutter Service was the predecessor to the modern U.S. Coast Guard, and while customs operations now fall under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the relationship established to protect the nation more than 200 years ago continues. Throughout the era of sailing ships, the two agencies under the Department of Treasury enjoyed a strong working relationship with dedicated mission areas in the supply chain. The U.S. Coast Guard inspected ships for compliance with federal laws while U.S. Customs and Border Protection did the same for the cargo. As the industry grew and evolved, both agencies had to work harder and become smarter. At the end of World War II, idle U.S. vessel tonnage would be put to use in creative ways and would generate business opportunities not foreseen in the Revenue Cutter days. A particularly important challenge was the birth of containerization, which greatly sped up the world’s supply chains. With the new development of containerization security issues have arisen and are discussed in this article.


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  • Accession Number: 01363023
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 16 2012 10:00AM