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

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 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