Looking Ahead to the Biden Era

The article represents my personal view only.

During the last four years of the Trump Administration, CBP is one of the busiest government agencies in the spotlight. CBP was involved in so many of President Trump's most controversial policies – from the ban on travel from several predominantly Muslim countries to the separation of migrant children from their parents and the border "wall", from the trade war with China and retaliation with European Union, CBP is constantly working in the nation's frontline with many trade issues but it seems like the American First strategy is going nowhere but disrupt the entire American economy, especially in the year of 2020.


Looking ahead to the Biden Administration era, he has promised to reverse many of the trade policies in the Trump era and seek a more liberal approach in the international trade area.


Fight COVID19 - Smart Border Strategy





In the opening days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump Administration imposed a series of restrictions on the entry of foreign nationals into the United State. It might work to some extent but it is not the smartest way. Viruses would attack anybody regardless of country of citizenship, background, age, etc. Additionally, the current country-based travel restrictions apply only to certain foreign nationals and not to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and air and sea crew members. Therefore, this policy does fairly little help in controlling the virus spreading in the meantime U.S economy suffers a lot. Some airlines also go bankrupt in 2020 year.


As the Biden administration takes effect, its newly elected DHS and CBP are working together to develop a new "smart border" strategy – much as it did in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. According to CDC's recent announcement, starting on Jan. 26, 2021, all air passengers seeking to travel to the United States will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours before their flight to the U.S. departs. Written documentation of this test result – or evidence of recovery from COVID-19 – will need to be shown to and confirmed by the airline prior to the passenger boarding. Many airlines have already been using some of these COVID-19 screening tests resources and working with CBP and foreign government agencies to try to establish travel "corridors" in order to open up particular routes for travel


Indeed, the "smart border" approach gives US CBP and foreign government and worldwide scientists an avenue to develop protocols for identifying who has been vaccinated effectively and who has not. Using big data technology, it would help scientists to determine whether the certain vaccine is effective enough to warrant a "COVID-19 passport" of sorts to permit international travel. Fighting Covis19 and another virus alike Covid19 is long -term fight.


Increase regulatory enforcement on E-Commerce



Another key area of evolving focus in the trade enforcement arena is in e-commerce. Amazon's stock price increased from 1800 USD/ share all the way to 3300$/ share now. You can imagine the popularity of eCommerce now. The pandemic dramatically changes the way our lifestyle is. When e-commerce brings a convenient shopping experience at your fingerprint, in the view of CBP, it also poses risk and harm to society. E-commerce provides new avenues for criminality, including the importation of counterfeit and pirated goods, as well as other contraband shipped in smaller packages often directly to consumers. CBP announces an "E-Commerce Strategy," providing a roadmap for how CBP will work to address this evolving challenge – and it continues to be an area of significant focus and policy development for the agency.


"Criminals are exploiting e-commerce platforms to sell counterfeit and often dangerous goods to unwitting holiday shoppers", said Carlos C. Martel, CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles. The items, which were seized in cargo containers, included more than one million erectile dysfunction pills, along with footwear, belts, purses, and headphones, would worth more than 33 million in market value





Implement a worker-centered trade policy



Katherine Tai, who has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as the next U.S. trade representative, said Biden’s vision is “to implement a worker-centered trade policy. ”


“Americans don’t just benefit from lower prices and greater selection in shops and markets” that come from more open trade, she said. “Americans also benefit from having good jobs, with good wages.” As a result, Tai said she would “pursue trade policies that place the humanity and dignity of every American — and of all people — at the heart of our approach.”


Tai said an ongoing priority will be addressing “stiffening competition from a growing and ambitious China … whose economy is directed by central planners who are not subject to the pressures of political pluralism, democratic elections, or popular opinion.” However, she gave no indication as to specific issues she intends to focus on. What about the current section 321 US-China Tariff list? What about the current section 301 Tariff on EU Goods? What about the current section 321 investigation on Vietnam products? We don't know yet but my guess is there will be some new trade policy to ease the tensions. What will Biden do to help middle-class Americans? I am very looking forward to their next move.


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