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21 st Century Border Management To fundamentally restructure the way U.S. and Mexico manage their shared border November 2012. Declaration Concerning 21 st Century Border Management.

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21st Century Border ManagementTo fundamentally restructure the way U.S. and Mexico manage their shared borderNovember 2012
declaration concerning 21 st century border management
Declaration Concerning 21st Century Border Management

In May 2010, President Obama and President Calderon signed the Declaration Concerning 21st Century Border Management to fundamentally restructure the way the U.S. and Mexico manage their shared border in order to increase the overall security and prosperity of both countries.

why is the us mexico relationship important
Why is the US-Mexico relationship important?

The United States and Mexico

Facilitate approximately $1.5 billion in goods crossing the border every day

Have a trade partnership which supports six million jobs in the U.S.

Share 1,969 miles of the most frequently traversed border in the world - over 400,000 people and 14,000 trucks cross every day

Mexico is an important trading partner to the U.S. and accounts for about 12.5% of total U.S. imports and exports.

U.S. sales to Mexico are larger than all U.S. exports to Brazil, Russia, India and China combined, as well as all combined sales to Great Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.


Declaration Concerning

21st Century Border Management

The scope of Executive Steering Committee created under the 21st Century Border Management Declaration encompasses the creation, expansion, improvement or mutual recognition of:

  • Pre-screening, pre-clearance, and pre-inspection of people, goods, and products;
  • Information sharing;
  • Risk management strategies aimed for shipments and/or individuals;
  • The standardized collection and single entry of trade data;
  • Bi-national coordination of facilities;
  • Collaboration with the private sector, the trade community, and international partners to secure supply chains;
  • Joint threat assessments;
  • The collection, analysis, and sharing of information from interdictions, investigations, and prosecutions in order to disrupt “criminal flows”; and
  • Wait times monitoring and management at the border;

21st Century Border Management


  • Declaration of Cooperation between DHS-CBP and Mexican Federal Police regarding Border Violence Prevention Protocols.
  • Declaration of Principles between DHS and the Mexico government concerning Bilateral Strategic Plan Initiatives.
  • Provide technical assistance, training and assist with the stand up of a Mexico trusted trader (shipper) program – Nuevo Esquema de EmpresasCertificadas(NEEC), the equivalent of U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).
  • Provide Mexico support in establishing a Mexican Advance Passenger Information System (APIS).

21st Century Border Management Accomplishments

  • U.S. and Mexico established a joint partnership to target suspect cargo and undocumented travelers.
  • Created a single electronic data filing process for both Mexican exports and U.S. imports in the rail environment.
  • Created a Viajero Confiable (Mexico global entry) system that allows pre-approved, low-risk air travelers to use automated kiosks for expedited clearance.
  • Focus on a series of infrastructure projects to expand, create or improve ports of entry, access, and border crossings.
  • Created the Joint Security Program (JSP)- Mexico, through which CBP officers are temporarily assigned to the Mexico City airport.
  • Provided interoperable radio equipment to Mexico federal Agents in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for joint coordinated patrols.

21st Century Border Management

Significant Ongoing Projects

  • Pre-Screening pilots plans for Santa Teresa/San Jeronimo, New Mexico, Laredo Airport, and Tijuana (across from Otay Mesa Port of Entry) by CBP, other US government agencies, and the Government of Mexico, scheduled to commence in FY13.
  • Coordinate opening of completed CBP remote port of entry facility at Boquillas in the Big Bend National Park.
  • Determine the road map towards mutual recognition for the NEEC.
  • Launch and enhance ViajeroConfiable.  
  • Review the Single Entry Rail pilot results and move to launch.
  • Coordinate with the Mexican Government to refine the Advanced Passenger Information system and the Passenger Name Record collection process.
21 st century border management delivers efficiencies to both u s and mexico

Harmonize commercial cargo and passenger screening processes to expedite the movement of goods and people into Mexico and the US

Harmonize trusted trader / traveler programs by aligning requirements to enhance benefits and provide mutual recognition

Better align and expand programs for trusted traders and travelers

Implementation of Single Entry rail for U.S. and Mexico to submit required export/import information

Improve information sharing

Improve infrastructure and technology

Reduce border wait times

21st Century Border Management Delivers Efficiencies to both U.S. and Mexico
how can you get involved
How can you get involved?

Stay informed. Read the 21st Century Border Management Initiative fact sheets, and stay up to date on milestones and outreach events. Additional information will soon be found via a webpage on the DHS website.

Provide feedback. Your ideas can help guide the implementation of 21st Century Border Management. Provide feedback at public forums like this and share your ideas.

  • POC – Joseph T. Moore – Program Manager - OFO 202-344-2386
  • POC – Robert B. Cole – Program Analyst – OFO 202-344-3188