US immigration and customs enforcement (ICE) has limited ability to identify and combat commodities imported as part of trade-based money laundering (TBML) schemes according to the inspectorate responsible for conducting audits, investigations, and evaluations to ensure that the agency is operating efficiently and effectively.

Specifically, the office of inspector general (OIG) says ICE does not have automated technology to identify imported commodities at high risk for TBML schemes. Instead, it identifies TBML activities through manual searches of import records, which is time-consuming.

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