CBP Testing Blockchain to Verify NAFTA and CAFTA Certificates of Origin

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Business Transformation and Innovation Division Director, Vincent Annunziato, stated that CBP will begin testing blockchain technology functions within a live environment. According to American Shipper, the CBP blockchain test will involve the technology’s ability to validate NAFTA and CAFTA certificates of origin. Annunziato states that CBP is investigating the technology … Read more

CT Strategies Provides ‘DHS 101’ Workshop for Students at Washington English Center

On August 7th, CT Strategies’ Partners, Allen Gina and Andrew Farrelly, presented a ‘DHS 101’ workshop for students at the Washington English Center (WEC) in Washington DC. About 20 students, who have relocated from all over the world to Washington DC and are learning English at the WEC, heard Mr. Gina and Farrelly present a … 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

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

Al Gina Discusses the “Future of Port Management” at U.S.-Mexico Border Conference

On June 13th, 2018, CT Strategies’ Allen Gina served as a panelist at the 5th Annual “Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border Conference”, hosted by the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute in Washington DC.  A number of distinguished government and industry representatives from both sides of the border were on hand to discuss various issues facing the … Read more

‘AVATAR’ Technology Utilizes Artificial Intelligence to Interview Border Crossers

The Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR), developed at the University of Arizona’s National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS), has been undergoing tests  with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). Prior to the recent tests with CBSA, AVATAR had been tested at a U.S.-Mexico SENTRI lane in Nogales, Arizona in 2011 and in … Read more

Commissioner McAleenan Testifies on CBP Staffing and Investment Priorities

On April 25, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner, Kevin McAleenan, testified before the House Homeland Security Committee’s Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee regarding his vision for the future of CBP. The subcommittee has oversight over aspects of travel visas, the U.S. border, and port and maritime security. Its oversight covers about 51% of the Department of Homeland … Read more

NCBFAA Discusses E-commerce and De Minimis Issues with CBP at their Annual Conference

NCBFAA Annual Conference The National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) recently held their 45th annual conference entitled ‘Excelling in an Age of Evolution’ on April 29th in Rancho Mirage, California. The conference was joined by: Representatives from the World Customs Organization, Customs agencies, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and … Read more

U.S. Government and Industry Discuss How to Counter the Import of North Korean Forced Labor Goods

On 13 April 2018, officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of State (State), the Department of the Treasury (Treasury), and the Department of Labor(DoL) met with industry stakeholders to discuss Section 321(b) of the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” (CAATSA). Under this section, sanctions … Read more

U.S. and Mexico Set to Expand Cooperative Unified Cargo Processing Program

On March 26th, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner, Kevin McAleenan, and Leader of Mexico’s Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT – Tax Administration Service in English) Osvaldo Santín met and signed a host of bilateral agreements to improve coordination between the two agencies. One agreement involved committing more resources to and expanding the Unified … Read more