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DHS CoE Issues Document on E-Commerce Risk Reduction; Theophilos Gemelas Quoted

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A Center of Excellence (CoE) supported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reported about how emerging technologies can address the risks brought by cross-border e-commerce

The University of Houston-led Borders, Trade and Immigration (BTI) Institute reported that e-commerce widens the potential for immigrants to violate trade laws and deliver dangerous products, DHS said Friday. The report states that lack of pre-arrival data may delay processing and affect the safety of products in transit. 

This data may include product identifiers and seller profiles. BTI believes emerging technologies can help traders address these risk-inducing data gaps found in cross-border e-commerce.

The CoE has laid out multiple options to reduce these risks. These options include the creation of new authorized economic operator programs specifically designed for the e-commerce landscape.

“With more of the market relying on e-commerce, it is even more critical that we do what we can to protect it from bad actors in this ever-evolving digital marketplace,” said Theophilos Gemelas, program manager at DHS's Science and Technology Directorate.