Homeland Security Launches Global Trade Task Force

Homeland Security Launches Global Trade Task Force

On March 11, 2019, Homeland Security officials announced the formation of a multiagency task force based in Detroit.   

The Global Trade Task Force (GTTF) is made up of investigative, interdiction, regulatory and licensing capabilities from HSI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security and the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations.

The GTTF's primary mission is to counter the following types of illicit commercial activities:

  • Health & Safety: Trafficking of counterfeit, substandard, or tainted merchandise, with an emphasis on goods that pose a threat to public health or safety, including pharmaceuticals and cosmeceuticals, automotive, aerospace, rail, and heavy industry products; and environmental crimes.  
  • Trade Crime: Financially-motivated fraud schemes that deprive revenue from the United States Government or which harm businesses, rights holders, or undermine financial institutions. 
  • Counter-Proliferation: Illegal export of U.S. military products, sensitive dual-use technology, weapons of mass destruction, or chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear materials. 

To kick off the GTTF, CBP along with HSI and other agencies began a weeklong enforcement effort at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Port Huron Blue Water Bridge Ports of Entry. The action targeted merchandise and shipments entering and exiting the United States from foreign countries at the FedEx, DHL, rail, and the centralized examination station. 

During the weeklong surge, CBP and HSI seized more than $1,000,0000 MSRP in counterfeit goods and counterfeit prescription drugs, which included counterfeit Xanax pills and Botox, counterfeit Transceiver Network Modules, counterfeit e-cigarettes, and counterfeit Rolexes and iPhone, among other items.