When a person enters the US, he/she has to submit a customs form. What happens to the form after it is given to the US Customs and Border Protection agents?
They have already compiled the information they need out of that form when you show it to the immigration officer.If the USCIS does not share that info with the CBP, then the CBP probably reenters that info and perhaps scans it as well. After that, the piece of paper is useless and most likely recycled.
What happens to all of the paper forms you fill out for immigration and customs?
Years ago I worked at document management company. There is cool software that can automate aspects of hand-written forms. We had an airport as a customer - they scanned plenty and (as I said before) this was several years ago...On your airport customs forms, the "boxes" that you 'need' to write on - are basically invisible to the scanner - but are used because then us humans will tend to write neater and clearer which make sit easier to recognize with a computer. Any characters with less than X% accuracy based on a recognition engine are flagged and shown as an image zoomed into the particular character so a human operator can then say "that is an "A". This way, you can rapidly go through most forms and output it to say - an SQL database, complete with link to original image of the form you filled in.If you see "black boxes" at three corners of the document - it is likely set up for scanning (they help to identify and orient the page digitally). If there is a unique barcode on the document somewhere I would theorize there is an even higher likelihood of it being scanned - the document is of enough value to be printed individually which costs more, which means it is likely going to be used on the capture side. (I've noticed in the past in Bahamas and some other Caribbean islands they use these sorts of capture mechanisms, but they have far fewer people entering than the US does everyday)The real answer is: it depends. Depending on each country and its policies and procedures. Generally I would be surprised if they scanned and held onto the paper. In the US, they proably file those for a set period of time then destroy them, perhaps mining them for some data about travellers. In the end, I suspect the "paper-to-data capture" likelihood of customs forms ranges somewhere on a spectrum like this:Third world Customs Guy has paper to show he did his job, paper gets thrown out at end of shift. ------ We keep all the papers! everything is scanned as you pass by customs and unique barcodes identify which flight/gate/area the form was handed out at, so we co-ordinate with cameras in the airport and have captured your image. We also know exactly how much vodka you brought into the country. :)
US customs and border protection? Is it really possible to "secure" US borders?
Borders can be secured if the is the political will to spend the money.The DMZ between North and South Korea is an excellent example.With the massive trade between the US and Canada and the US and Mexico, there will always be people and things that get past at busy birder crossings.However, the areas which are not official border crossings can be sealed up to what ever degree the political system is wiling to pay for.Border crossings can be made better with various high tech tools, like back scatter X rays, chemical sensors, facial recognition, good intelligence, etc.So the borders can be secured against serious radiological threats, etc.Keep in mind the the border patrol and customs may not arrest everyone the can at the border, they may let some one through, so they can track them and identify other conspirators and smugglers.So the borders may actually be more secure than they appear to be.
Why is integrity important to US Customs and Border Protection?
I'm guessing that by "integrity" you mean the integrity of our border or being able to secure our border.It's important to US Customs and Border Protection because that's their job.Here are some reasons it might be important to those who live in the United States:to protect us from criminals who can cross back and forth to commit crimes and escape prosecution.to protect us from serious diseasesto protect us from invasionto protect us from those our military has abused in other countries
How do I get access to public bill of lading databases from Customs and Border Protection?
As stated in the previous answer, this information is not available to the general public. Here is what CBP says:How can I get information about who is importing or exporting various commodities?Importer names on entry documents are confidential and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) does not disclose names of importers to the public. However, there are a number of private sector media services that are permitted by the privacy statute, 19 CFR 103.31 (d), to collect manifest data at every port of entry. Reporters collect and publish names of importers from vessel manifest data unless an importer/shipper requests confidentiality.Please be aware that there is a subscription charge for this information.Among the companies that provide this information service are the Journal of Commerce's PIERS database and Ealing Market Data Engineering Co.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Is it legal to ship beef from the US to Canada?
In this case NO unless your can supply all the food inspection and veterinary certificates required to import meat into Canada. You said this is a "home made" operation so I doubt that you have this certification. Let me say though that I deal with commercial transactions and that is my outlook. Sending a gift to a friend may not even be looked at by Canada Customs. But if they do they will seize it.