Andrew Farrelly Presents to World Customs Organization

Andrew Farrelly Presents to World Customs Organization

July 14th, 2016

Andrew Farrelly July 2016 WCO Brussels
Group Photo July 2016 WCO Brussels

While attending annual WCO Council Sessions in Brussels, CT Strategies Partner, Andrew Farrelly, was invited to present to the WCO Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG). Backed by his years of experience at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) developing and implementing key components of the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards, Mr. Farrelly provided insights on how Customs services and the trade industry can work together to improve: data and intelligence sharing, risk management, cargo targeting, supply chain security, and capacity building for enhanced trade facilitation.

The PSCG is open to a limited membership of approximately 30 companies and associations from around the world representing a variety of international trade interests. They periodically convene at World Customs Organization events, such as the annual WCO Council Sessions typically held every July in Brussels.

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CBP Makes Donation Assistance Program Selections to Enhance U.S. Trade Flow

CBP Makes Donation Assistance Program Selections to Enhance U.S. Trade Flow

June 22nd, 2016

 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the General Services Administration (GSA) have accepted three new proposals for port of entry infrastructure and technology projects under the ‘Donation Assistance Program’ (DAP).

The city of Donna, TX seeks to build new inspection facilities and install technologies to help inspect inbound vehicles at the Donna-Rio Bravo Port of Entry while the city of Pharr, TX aims to construct a new cold inspection facility and an agricultural inspection training and development facility at the Pharr POE. Red Hook Terminals pledged to donate a perforating machine to the Port of Freeport in Texas.

The ‘559 DAP’ law, a true example of public-private partnership, was signed in 2014.  DAP allows donors, such as private or local government entities, to make investments that will enhance the flow of trade and travel at U.S. borders, stimulating both the local and greater U.S. economy.

Any eligible entity seeking to submit a proposal to the DAP may contact CT Strategies for assistance in the process. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, TSA, DHS, and FBI Discuss ‘Identity and Biometrics Innovations’ in Public Forum

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, TSA, DHS, and FBI Discuss ‘Identity and Biometrics Innovations’ in Public Forum

July 1st, 2016

Bartoldus and Wagner SIBA Biometrics Event
Wagner at SIBA Biometrics Event

On June 29th in downtown D.C., the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA) hosted a forum of multiple U.S. Government security and intelligence agency representatives to discuss how biometric technology will continue to shape the future of international travel security and counter-terrorism. U.S. Congress recently allocated a $1 Billion fund to the Department of Homeland Security to develop a biometric enforcement program for the exit environment. The rest of the world has also seen a rapid expansion in recent years in the use of biometrics to enforce immigration laws and track traveler identity.

In addition to rolling out the right technology for different ports in the air and land environments, strategic information sharing agreements between domestic and international partners must be put in place in order for law enforcement and intelligence agencies to leverage the full benefits of a new system.

Discussion topics among subject matter experts at the event included:

§ Screening Innovations: Increasing Accuracy, Speed and Throughput International Travelers”

§ An Update from CBP on the Air Exit Biometric Pilot Program and the Future of Traveler Management”

§ The Future of Data-Sharing, Interoperability and Innovation”

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CT Strategies’ Allen Gina Leads Discussion with Heads of Mexican and Canadian Customs at WCO AEO Conference

CT Strategies’ Allen Gina Leads Discussion with Heads of Mexican and Canadian Customs at WCO AEO Conference

May 13th, 2016

The World Customs Organization (WCO) held its 3rd annual Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Conference in Cancun from May 11th-13th. The conference brought together Customs and Trade Officials; private sector supply chain managers; and legal advisors from around the world to share best practices and discuss ongoing progress with their respective AEO trusted trader programs. WCO Secretary General, Kunio Mikuriya, promoted the global expansion of of AEO programs and Mutual Recognition Arrangements

One all-attendee panel discussion on “How AEO Can Benefit from Digital Customs” was moderated by Mr. Gina and included Mr. Ricardo Trevino Chapa, Director General of Mexican Customs, Tax and Administration Service of Mexico; Linda Lizotte-MacPherson, President of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA); high level Customs officials from the Dominican Republic and India; and Mr. Martin Rojas, of the International Road Transport Union.

Officials discussed how their respective countries, at different points of development, were using technology advancements such as automation, data analytics, and single window trade processing to build the capacity of their customs, border management, and revenue collection services.

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CT Strategies’ Partner, Allen Gina, Authors Article for Journal of Commerce on Strengthening Integrity in the Supply Chain through Networked Imaging

CT Strategies’, Allen Gina, Authors Article for Journal of Commerce on Strengthening Integrity in the Supply Chain through Networked Imaging

January 2016
The Journal of Commerce published an article by Allen Gina, Co-Founder of CT Strategies,  for their annual ‘2016 Review and Outlook’ issue.  The full article can be read through the Journal of Commerce website, or as a PDF through the CT Strategies website.