Allen Gina Provides Keynote Remarks at New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association 100th Anniversary Gala

Allen Gina Provides Keynote Remarks at New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association 100th Anniversary Gala

February 2nd, 2017

Al Gina at NYNJ Forwarders-Brokers Gala

CT Strategies Partner, Allen Gina, was recently invited to address approximately 700 members of the New York/New Jersey trade community at their Association’s 100th Anniversary Gala. His remarks touched on the importance of continued collaboration between the public and private sector in further strengthening the security and efficiency of the supply chain. He also noted the critical knowledge the trade industry provides to U.S. Customs and other agencies regarding the continually evolving global trade landscape. Furthermore, in the midst of debate on the merits of international trade, now has become a particularly important time to educate the general public on the complexities of the global value chain.

The labels “Made in America” vs. “Made in Foreign Country X” often cannot be applied in simple black and white terms. The global economy is much more intertwined. A 2011 study cited that Mexican manufactured goods contained 40% of U.S. value added, while Canadian goods have 25% U.S. value added. While current U.S. Free Trade Agreements may not be perfect, it is important that the debate over their future be had with an understanding of these complexities in the global economy.

Andrew Farrelly published in International Airport Review

Andrew Farrelly published in International Airport Review

January 20, 2017

In discussing how the Trump Administration should address security and passenger facilitation in today’s air travel environment, Andrew Farrelly comments on the importance of smart investments in technology, proper data analysis, and well-coordinated foreign partnerships. These partnerships can be challenging to manage at times due to the differences in federal structures, legal authorities, and perspectives on the balance of privacy and security between the U.S. and its foreign partner nations. Nevertheless, these partnerships yield highly beneficial intelligence sharing and cooperation in the fight against global terrorism and are worth the complex negotiations and tactful diplomacy needed to forge them. Developed and managed properly, they allow the U.S. and its allies to have secure, efficient travel flows that support their respective economies.

UK will seek customs deal as “frictionless” as possible – Brexit minister

UK will seek customs deal as “frictionless” as possible – Brexit minister

January 18, 2017

Reuters on Wednesday posted a video showing David Davis, the United Kingdom’s (UK) Brexit minister stating the necessity of creating a “deal which makes the United Kingdom a global trader”. In this statement, Davis also mentioned the importance of retaining a strategic partnership with Europe. To this end, Minister Davis stated the importance of forging a customs deal that makes trade between Europe and the UK as “frictionless as possible”.

Last year, trade between the UK and the EU totaled roughly 44% of Britain’s total exports in goods and services, which is equal to £220 billion. Retaining a good customs relationship between the two nations is in both Europe’s and the UK’s economic interest.

CBP Facilitates Record Level of Travelers and Modernizes Trade Systems in FY2016

CBP Facilitates Record Level of Travelers and Modernizes Trade Systems in FY2016

January 16, 2017

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released statistics detailing its facilitation of Trade and Travel. According to the article, CBP in FY2016 processed a record number of passengers. More than 390 million travelers were processed at U.S. air, land, and sea ports of entry. Of that total, 119 million travelers were processed solely at air ports of entry. Fortunately, CBP’s expansion of Mobile Passport Control and Automated Passport Control helped facilitate and process travel for air passengers. Additionally, the passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) helped CBP process large volumes of cargo while ensuring that goods transported are secure and in compliance with trade laws.

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Homeland Security to Use Blockchain in Tracking Goods & People Globally

Homeland Security to Use Blockchain in Tracking Goods & People Globally

January 15, 2017

As reported by Cointelegraph, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun steps for the implementation of Blockchain technology into their IT infrastructure. DHS expects this technology to better secure data collected by security cameras, sensors, and internal databases by preventing the manipulation of data gathered by devices, such as those located at U.S. air, land, and sea ports.

Blockchain technology, while developed as the transactional system used by the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, is becoming recognized as a security solution for all kinds of transactional data, such as the exchange of biometric data between the capture and matching processes.

Blockchain technology offers more security because it recreates and distributes a database across multiple computer servers and requires any change, or data transaction, to be recorded and approved simultaneously across dispersed systems. Blockchain also makes use of hashing algorithms, which make data unreadable to humans while simultaneously retaining their ability to verify data ownership. These measures provide more security than centralized IT systems, which are more susceptible to hacking and manipulation because all data is retained in one location.

In mid-2016, Factom, a blockchain startup company, received a grant from the DHS to produce an IT blockchain security solution.

Allen Gina discusses expectations for Trump transition’s impact on CBP with International Trade Today

Allen Gina discusses expectations for Trump transition’s impact on CBP with International Trade Today

December 19, 2016

CT Strategies’ Partner, Mr. Allen Gina, provided insight to International Trade Today’s Brian Bradley for his article “Incoming Administration expected to Bring Greater Enforcement Focus to CBP”. Mr. Gina, based on his 30+ years’ experience with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Customs Service, provided predictions of the Trump Administration’s impact on CBP and its day-to-day operations. If the incoming administration is true to its campaign promises, Mr. Gina believes funding to CBP will increase. Additionally, CBP will likely be a major priority for President Trump as most of his major policy initiatives related to trade and immigration involve CBP operations.

The article compiles Mr. Gina’s expertise and insight with that of attorney, Brenda Jacobs and former CBP Acting Commissioner, David Aguilar. While Mr. Gina’s comments focused on the dynamics between Congress and CBP in allocating funding to execute the Administration’s proposed agenda, others’ comments concluded that the prospect of stricter trade enforcement could complicate day-to-day CBP operations. Additionally, Ms. Jacobs stated that President-elect Trump’s preference for bilateral trade is likely to complicate importing procedures. However, any change to trade procedures will likely be incremental, hopefully giving importers the time they need to ensure CBP does not ignore the trade facilitation aspect of its mission.

For the full article, please visit International Trade Today

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Venezuela apuesta por la tecnología para proteger sus puertos

Venezuela apuesta por la tecnología para proteger sus puertos

diciembre 21 de 2016

Con una inversión de alrededor $50 millones de dólares el Servicio Nacional Integrado de Administración Aduanera y Tributaria (SENIAT)de Venezuela, a través de la Intendencia Nacional de Aduanas, ha logrado mejorar los mecanismos de control en los principales puertos del país, mediante la implementación de Equipos de Inspección No Intrusiva, los cuales permiten efectuar análisis exhaustivos a cada mercancía en tránsito, con imágenes emitidas por Rayos X, que muestran a detalle el interior de los contenedores, sin tener que recurrir a técnicas como el vaciado o el análisis manual.

El objetivo nacional de fortalecer y hace más eficiente y seguras las fronteras venezolanas lleva a la aplicación de medidas que buscan agilizar el trámite del despacho y la consecuente reducción de tiempos de respuesta, en beneficio de los importadores y exportadores dedicados al comercio internacional.

Para más información consultar El Carabobeno

SAT y CBP: Inspección aduanera conjunta

SAT y CBP: Inspección aduanera conjunta

diciembre 21 de 2016

Para el próximo año el Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT) tiene planeado instalar hasta cinco programas piloto de inspección conjunta con Estados Unidos, serían Mexicali, San Luis Río Colorado, Agua Prieta en Sonora, Colombia, Nuevo León y uno más en Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

Esta iniciativa permitirá reducir tiempos de los despachos aduaneros, es decir, de llevarse entre dos y tres horas, ahora se realizarán entre 15 minutos y una hora.

El compromiso y colaboración de SAT y CBP es indispensable para el éxito de estas inspecciones conjuntas, es también necesario comprender la necesidad de reducción de tiempo en el despacho aduanero no es solo un beneficio al comercio binacional sino también un punto clave de seguridad fronteriza.

Para más información consultar t21

Allen Gina participa en la XVI edicion de la Conferencia de Operaciones de Terminal de las Americas (TOC)

Allen Gina participa en la XVI edicion de la Conferencia de Operaciones de Terminal de las Americas (TOC)

1 de Noviembre de 2016

Al Gina at TOC Americas 2016

Allen Gina de CT Strategies participo en la XVI Edicion de la Conferencia de Operaciones de Terminal de las Americas (TOC por sus siglas en ingles), la cual fue llevada a cabo en Cancun Mexico este pasado mes de Octubre.

TOC Americas reúne a las partes interesadas portuarias de toda la cadena de suministro global para discutir diversos temas de interés. El Sr. Gina contribuyó con una perspectiva única al ser uno de los pocos oradores con una amplia experiencia en aduanas.

Su presentación se centró en los desafíos que las autoridades de gestión fronteriza de todo el mundo enfrentan al equilibrar la seguridad con la facilitación del comercio. Si bien los operadores portuarios están preocupados por los atrasos en la carga, el Sr. Gina explicó los riesgos que plantean los contenedores desconocidos. Para mitigar estos riesgos, alentó el desarrollo de un régimen de gestión de riesgos que aproveche los programas de comerciantes de confianza y tecnología de vanguardia, como los sistemas de visor común que separan la carga no amenazante de la carga potencialmente amenazadora. También señaló la importancia de la comunicación entre las autoridades aduaneras y los operadores de terminales.

A través de un diálogo continuo, pueden alinear mejor sus planes estratégicos y los niveles adecuados de personal, al tiempo que dedican recursos a los puertos apropiados para reducir los tiempos de espera de despacho de carga.