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

Border Security Expo Unites Key Decision Makers with Security Technology Vendors

The Border Security Expo held each year in San Antonio, Texas, gives public and private sector officials the opportunity to discuss emerging threats and trends in the border security mission space. Key officials across local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies are invited to discuss both current and future challenges their agencies face  relating to … 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

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

U.S. CBP awards $28.8 Million IDIQ to Heuresis for Handheld X-Ray Imagers

On September 27, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) awarded a $28.8 Million Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to Heuresis Corporation for its HBI-120 handheld x-ray imaging device. Currently, CBP has issued two delivery orders under the IDIQ for Heuresis’ HBI-120 devices, totaling a little under $6 million. “We are honored that CBP has selected Heuresis … 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