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

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