Update on U.S. CBP Revised CTPAT Security Requirements

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) is a voluntary trade program designed to advance global trade through cooperation between govt. and industry stakeholders. As a compliance-based security excellence program, CTPAT members maintain their standing by establishing security measures that secure and enhance the integrity of their operations. With over 11,000 members, CTPAT aims to expedite certain border processes while ensuring border security. In 2020, the program has updated its … Read more

As CTPAT New Minimum-Security Criteria go into Effect, CT Strategies Expands CTPAT, AEO, and International Capacity-Building Services

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2020 — CT Strategies, a global border management consulting firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Shawn Beddows as its Vice President of Global Services. Mr. Beddows adds 24 years of CTPAT, AEO, and border management capacity-building experience to a formidable CT Strategies team, having previously served as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting … Read more

Use Scenario Planning to Build Supply Chain Resilience

On Monday, August 24, leading research and advisory company Gartner, hosted a webinar titled, “Use Scenario Planning to Build Supply Chain Resilience” Gartner Senior Analyst, Kamala Raman led the discussion, which focused on how companies can design supply chain networks to balance conflicting objectives. Ms. Raman described how companies have always invested in improving resiliency and … Read more

WITA Webinar: Conversation with WTO Director General Candidate H.E. Ambassador Amina Mohamed

On Thursday, August 6 the Washington International Trade Association hosted a webinar conversation with World Trade Organization (WTO) Direct General Candidate H.E. Ambassador Amina Mohamed. Ambassador Mohamed is Kenya’s candidate for Director General of the WTO. The webinar conversation focused on Ambassador Mohamed’s vision for the WTO as well how she perceives the new Director … Read more

CT Strategies Joins American Association of Port Authorities

CT Strategies is proud to join the American Association of Port Authorities. This Membership further aligns our organization with key supply chain stakeholders that we seek to serve around the U.S. by providing our unique insight on Customs-industry partnership and risk management in the port environment.  AAPA works to highlight the significance of unifying the seaport industry, serving as a voice … Read more

WITA Webinar: Three Former USTRs on the WTO in a Time of Change

On June 16, the Washington International Trade Association hosted a virtual discussion with three former United States Trade Representatives on the future of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The WTO faces numerous challenges that will define its operation in the future. The organization is currently undergoing the selection process for a new Director General while simultaneously managing the possibility of United States withdrawal from … Read more

All About ACE

The Automated Commercial Environment was developed to ensure integrity in trade while streamlining border processes. The program ensures efficiency and provides a centralized point of access for stakeholders to connect with CBP and its Partnering Government Agencies. Below is an outline of how ACE benefits the trade community.   Electronic Data   ACE’s digitally stored data enables CBP to identify incoming cargo and determine whether it may be admitted into the … Read more

Latin American Challenges in the Wake of COVID: Brookings Discussion with Secretary General of the Organization of American States

On June 22, Brookings hosted a virtual conversation with Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) H.E. Luis Almagro to discuss his second term and the challenges and opportunities facing Latin America.   The COVID-19 crises has severely impacted Latin America as the region has become the epicenter of the pandemic. Deaths due to COVID-19 account for 45% of all global deaths despite … Read more

CBP May 2020 Operational Update

On June 12, CBP released its operational update for May 2020. The update focused on CBP’s efforts to prevent the cross-border spread of COVID-19, facilitate essential trade and travel and ensure the security of U.S. borders. Below are some highlights of the update: Trade and Counterfeit Seizures CBP’s COVID-19 Cargo Resolution Team (CCRT) helps to facilitate … Read more