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

CBP Trade EAC, Brenda Smith, Outlines ACE and Other Modernization Priorities

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Executive Assistance Commissioner for Trade, Brenda Smith, spoke at the 2018 CBP Trade Symposium in Atlanta from August 14-15th on the ‘State of CBP’s Trade Strategy’. Smith highlighted some of CBP’s recent trade accomplishments, including “quantifying the benefits of CBP’s single window cargo process systems, the Automated Commercial Environment … 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

CT Strategies: Takeaways from the 2018 CBP Trade Symposium: Part 2: E-Commerce, ACE, Single Window

This is part two of our 2018 Trade Symposium Recap Series. In this part, we discuss some of the challenges CBP is facing with E-Commerce, ACE and the Single Window program.  We recommend reading Part 1 of our series for a detailed look into challenges recent technological innovations and pressing challenges CBP as an Agency faces.  Readers … Read more

CT Strategies’ Takeaways from the 2018 CBP Trade Symposium: Part 1, Perspectives on Technology

The CT Strategies team was pleased to attend the annual U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trade Symposium in Atlanta on August 14th-15th. The event presents a great opportunity to network with former colleagues from CBP and current associates in the trade industry, and to hear CBP’s message to the trade community. We will be sharing … Read more

CT Strategies Hosts the ‘Women in International Trade’ for a Happy Hour with the WIIT President

On Wednesday August 22nd, CT Strategies hosted the Women in International Trade (WIIT) for a Happy Hour with WIIT President for 2018-19, Lisa Schroeter. WIIT works to promote the professional development of women in international trade and business and to raise public awareness of the importance of international trade to economic development. WIIT does this … Read more

CBP and Laredo Officials Celebrate New Rail Inspection Facility Funded by Kansas City Southern to Support ‘Secure Corridor’

On August 10, 2018, officials from Kansas City Southern (KCS) Railroad and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Laredo Field Office hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new Secondary Examination Station for rail cars, funded by KCS, near their Laredo, TX rail yard, just a few miles from the border crossing. Leading … Read more

CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan’s Subcommittee Hearing on ‘Trade and Commerce at U.S. Ports of Entry’

Earlier this month, July 18th, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan testified before the Senate Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness on Trade and Commerce at U.S. Ports of Entry. Throughout his testimony, Commissioner McAleenan emphasized that CBP’s human capital, advanced technology and data analytic capabilities, and domestic and international … 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

House Passes Bill to Force U.S. Postal Service to Share Data with Customs and Better Detect Illegal Opioids at the Border

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a margin of 353-32, passed the Securing the International Mail Against Opioids Act (H.R. 5788), which would assist the United States Postal Service (USPS) in reducing its role in the nation’s opioid crisis and “help stem the flow of illicit, synthetic opioids from foreign manufacturers through the mail system.” … Read more