Andrew Farrelly Discusses E-Commerce, Cargo Security at IATA Event in Bangkok

​Air Cargo Industry and Government Officials from all over the world gathered in Bangkok this week at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) ‘Cargo Security & Facilitation Forum’. The 2-day eventcovered a variety of topics; such as E-Commerce, Emerging Technologies, Trusted Trader Programs, Regulation, and Security.  CT Strategies’ Andrew Farrelly moderated the E-Commerce panel with representatives … Read more

World Customs Organization Takes On E-Commerce Challenges in Indonesia

Much has been stated about the tremendous challenges posed by the growth of e-commerce on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Keeping the American people and economy protected from harmful or counterfeit products arriving by mail among the hundreds of millions of small packages arriving each year has created a host of new risk management challenges … Read more

World Customs Organization hosts Annual Council Session

The World Customs Organization (WCO) Council, the highest decision-making body in the WCO, held its Annual Council Session in Brussels, Belgium from June 28 to June 30. The Annual Council Session is an opportunity for WCO member states to gather and discuss priority issues facing Customs Administrations worldwide. CT Strategies was fortunate to be able to … Read more

Port of Rotterdam Authority Pilots New Container Scanning System

In response to increasing barge congestion and delays spurred by the increasing number of mega-ships, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, in collaboration with Barge Terminal Tilburg and Certus Port Automation (a manufacturer of container identification and monitoring systems), have initiated a three-month pilot container scanning project that will leverage an innovative mobile optical character recognition (OCR) … Read more

Al Gina Discusses the “Future of Port Management” at U.S.-Mexico Border Conference

On June 13th, 2018, CT Strategies’ Allen Gina served as a panelist at the 5th Annual “Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border Conference”, hosted by the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute in Washington DC.  A number of distinguished government and industry representatives from both sides of the border were on hand to discuss various issues facing the … Read more

4th WCO Global AEO Conference held in Kampala, Uganda

On 14 March 2018, the World Customs Organization (WCO) hosted its 4th Global Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Conference in Kampala, Uganda. The conference provides Customs stakeholders the opportunity to interact, network, and exchange experiences as it relates to implementing and developing AEO programs. Aside from Government officials, the conference is attended by academics, private sector representatives, and … Read more

Mexico and the U.S. Sign Multiple Customs Agreements

During her trip to Mexico City last week, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, participated in news conferences and bilateral meetings with Mexican Foreign Minister Luiz Videgaray and Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete Prida. The meetings discussed a wide range of topics, including: the need to halt the illicit flow of weapons at … Read more

New ‘Global’ Trusted Traveler Concept Could Increase Efficiency, but Raises Questions on Technology and Sovereignty

At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, last month Accenture, in collaboration with the WEF, the Canadian and Dutch governments and other stakeholder groups introduced The Known Traveller Digital Identity (KTDI). KTDI “aims to build an encrypted, biometrically-protected profile that air travellers can show at border checks to demonstrate that they are a low risk … Read more

International Customs day!

Friday January 26th, 2018 marked the 65th annual International Customs Day.  The celebration is organized by the World Customs Organisation (WCO), Customs offices, trade organizations, and other stakeholder groups around the world. International Customs Day celebrates January 26th, 1953 when the first session of the Customs Cooperation Council, later renamed the WCO, was held in Brussels, … Read more

Charles Bartoldus presents on E-Commerce and its resulting border challenges at FITAC 19th International Congress

The Colombian Federation of International Trade Logistics Agents (FITAC) held its 19th International Congress in Cartagena from November 1st-3rd. The event brought together various stakeholders within the international trade community, including Customs officials, importers, exporters, and port authorities. Various officials, including from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) were invited to discuss their perspectives on issues facing the … Read more