WITA Webinar: COVID, Supply Chains and the Crisis at the Ports

The Washington International Trade Association held a webinar on February 25th to examine how Covid-19 is remaking global supply chains. Among those in attendance were Karyn Booth a Partner and Transportation Practice Group Leader of Thompson Hine LLP, Dr. Noel Hacegaba the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Port of Long Beach, Nate Herman the Senior Vice President of the American Apparel & Footwear … Read more

Navigating Gulf Trade Relations with Qatar

With Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt thawing relations with Qatar, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are to end the Qatar boycott through the AlUla GCC Summit Declaration signed on January 5th, 2021. The now-terminated boycott has severed diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar since 2017. The new Declaration will bolster not only GCC-Qatari relations, but Gulf relations at large. While short … Read more

A Guide to Mutual Recognition

Mutual Recognition of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) allows two customs administrations to recognize one another’s standards and provide reciprocal benefits to members of both programs. It also allows for the exchange of membership information and data between foreign customs administrations.   The U.S. AEO program, the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT), has several Mutual Recognition … Read more

Biden’s Administration’s Impact on US Trade Policy

The Biden administration will still view China as a competitor in many areas but also as a country to collaborate with as we address some of the serious issues facing the world today, for example public health, the Covid-19 crisis, and climate change and environmental issues. There is also a realization that China and the U.S. depend on each other economically.   The incoming administration recognizes that the U.S. must deal with China on trade issues that have spanned both … Read more

How to enhance your supply chain risk assessment process

Risk assessments can help your company address security concerns within the supply chain by analyzing external threats against company procedures and identifying vulnerabilities.   Your company’s risk assessment should:  Include personnel screening and security training to ensure company-wide compliance  Consider the risk your partners bring into the supply chain  Develop protocol to mitigate agricultural risks, such … Read more

Seamless Travel: Covid-19 and Standardizing a Contactless Journey

Representatives from several regulatory bodies and different parts of the global transport industry came together to discuss ideas, innovations and relationships related to standardizing contactless technologies. Among those in attendance were Michael Hardin the Director of Policy, Entry/Exit Transformation Office at US Customs and Border Protection, Ali Chegini the Director of System Safety and Health System Safety … Read more

CT Strategies’ Former CTPAT Director Launches NCBFAA-Accredited Training to Help Companies Meet New 2020 Security Criteria

For the first time since it launched 17 years ago, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program has updated its eligibility requirements. Members and new applicants are now required to update company procedures to meet the New Minimum-Security Criteria and remain in compliance.   The new requirements emphasize the importance of corporate-level support and company-wide awareness of security protocols. … Read more

How CTPAT Membership Can Help Protect Your Brand Equity

Strong brand equity is essential to companies seeking to stand out to potential supply chain partners in a highly competitive global market. Customer perception, brand loyalty, and brand awareness are critical elements to a company’s success in maintaining existing partnerships and establishing new ones. Your business partners need confidence that your company is a strong link in their supply chain. A perceived risk of potential security breaches can be detrimental … Read more

ICAO Secure Supply Chain Regime

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that manages the administration of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention). ICAO works with the 193 member states that are currently party to the Chicago Convention to reach consensus on international civil aviation Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS). SARPS … Read more