Gene Garza Discusses CT Strategies’ Recent Supply Chain Seminar with Laredo News

Gene Garza, a Senior Advisor at CT Strategies, was recently interviewed by KGNS, in Laredo, Texas. Mr. Garza, the former U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Director of Field Operations in Laredo, discussed the CBP Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program and CT Strategies recent Supply Chain Seminar, held in Laredo to discuss the program … Read more

CT Strategies hosts Supply Chain Seminar in Laredo, TX

On July 16th, CT Strategies hosted a Supply Chain Seminar in Laredo, TX attended by members of the trade community from the Laredo/Nuevo Laredo region. The focus of the event was the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) and the program’s new Minimum Security Criteria (MSC) set to go into effect in January 2020. This is … Read more

Al Gina speaks at Wilson Center U.S.-Mexico Institute on Port Modernization

Allen Gina: “It was a pleasure to speak at the Wilson Center U.S.-Mexico Institute today on Port Modernization with other great panelists from Mexico SAT, the Border Trade Alliance, and KCS Railroad, which is taking innovative measures to make cross-border trade enhancements in Laredo. Increasing processing speeds at the border does not have to be … Read more

Gene Garza Interviewed on Laredo Rail ‘Secure Corridor’

Gene Garza, a Senior Advisor for CT Strategies and former U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Director of Field Operations in Laredo, Texas, was interviewed by Laredo news channel KGNS, about an industry-government collaboration effort that has increased security, while decreasing train delays at the Laredo/Nuevo Laredo border crossing. The single-track bridge is the highest … Read more

CBP Officials, Industry Advisory Group Discuss Trade Operations & CTPAT in Laredo

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) held its quarterly COAC meeting, the 2nd of 2019, in Laredo, Texas on May 30th.  Laredo has just recently overtaken Los Angeles as the highest volume port in the U.S., processing just over $20B/month in trade this past spring. CBP Leaders and trade advisory committee members of the COAC … Read more

CT Strategies Supports Top Tech Companies as Member of Border Security Technology Consortium

​CT Strategies was recently admitted to the Border Security Technology Consortium (BSTC) as a non-traditional government contractor. The BSTC was established with the purpose of quickly testing and evaluating the practicality of new and potentially revolutionary border security technology. Under the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Directive 0771.1, Other Transaction Authority (OTA), the BSTC was authorized with the … Read more

CT Strategies’ Al Gina Moderates Panel on Forced Labor in Trade with Group of Customs Lawyers

On November 6, CT Strategies’ Co-Founder, Al Gina, moderated a panel on ‘Emerging Issues in Forced Labor’ with a group of Customs Attorneys in downtown DC at the office of Hogan & Lovells. Co-sponsoring the event were the Young Trade Professionals, the International Trade and Investment Law Society, and the Customs Lawyers Association. Panelists consisted of Marco … Read more

CT Strategies Hosts 1st Annual Roger L. Von Amelunxen Foundation Golf Tournament

The 1st Annual Roger L. Von Amelunxen Foundation Golf Tournament was a success; raising just under $30,000 and gathering 73 participants. The Foundation, named after Amelunxen, a Customs Patrol Officer who was slain on duty in 1980, provides financial assistance to the employees and immediate families of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration … Read more

Al Gina Talks NAFTA with Trade Officials at Annual U.S./Canada Border Conference

The annual U.S./ Canada Border Conference, held in Detroit on September 20-21, convenes current and former senior officials from U.S. and Canadian border agencies to discuss issues impacting the two countries’ cross-border relationship. The conference was established soon after the 2011 U.S. and Canada joint “Beyond the Border” declaration as a forum to advance the … Read more

CT Strategies: Takeaways from the 2018 CBP Trade Symposium. Part 3: CBP Partnerships with Industry

This is part three of our 2018 Trade Symposium Recap Series. In this part, we discuss how CBP and Private Sector are partnering to combat a host of trade violations, including Forced Labor, and the ways by which CBP aims to help its most trusted partners. We recommend reading Part 1 of our series for a detailed … Read more