Andrew Farrelly Talks Customs and Port Automation at IV Hemispheric Conference in Panama City

The IV Hemispheric Conference on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Logistics was held in Panama City, Panama, from April 1 to April 3, 2019. It was organized by the Panama Maritime Authority and the Organization of American States (OAS). The conference provides government and industry an opportunity to discuss comprehensive port management, regional connectivity, multimodal logistics, automation … Read more

Battling the Risk of Counterfeits as E-Commerce Grows Globally

Battling the Risk of Counterfeits as E-Commerce Grows Globally As cross-border e-commerce booms globally, concerns regarding counterfeit items remain a risk to both producers and consumers. To combat this threat, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working alongside private sector entities to interdict and deter a host of counterfeit items ranging from cosmetics to … Read more

Andrew Farrelly Discusses Risk Management at IATA Air Cargo Conf. in Singapore.

This March, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), held its 13th annual World Cargo Symposium in Singapore. The symposium consisted of over 1,000 air cargo leaders and more than 40 exhibitors including freight forwarders, regulators, and airline officials. 2019’s theme was “Enhancing Global Trade”. CT Strategies’ Andrew Farrelly, drawing from his experience implementing air cargo … Read more

CT Strategies’ Allen Gina Discusses Marijuana Legalization and other Trade Topics with Trade Attorney, Jennifer Diaz.

On November 27, 2018 CT Strategies’ Partner Allen Gina took part in a webinar hosted by Jennifer Diaz, Founder of the Diaz Trade Law in Miami. The two discussed a wide range of current CBP priorities, including CBP policy on import detentions and seizures, the need to consider U.S. National Security when enforcing laws prohibiting 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

U.S. Withdraws from Universal Postal Union; Citing Unfair Subsidies to China

In October, the Trump Administration began the process of withdrawing from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) because of the subsidized rates it affords to countries like China. The U.S. announced the decision to leave in an August Presidential Memorandum. The Universal Postal Union was established in 1874 and acts as a forum for postal sector stakeholders. Initially, the … Read more

New App may Facilitate Duty Evasion while Linking Buyers with Sellers

​Despite serving as a valuable force multiplier for facilitating international trade and travel, new technology sometimes poses new challenges to Customs agencies. One new mobile app called ‘Grabr’ connects shoppers, who wish to purchase an international product more cheaply than it costs at home, with international travelers who can purchase the cheaper product, deliver it to … Read more

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

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

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