Re-routing of cargo due to West Coast port backlog highlights need for uniform trade enforcement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s, ‘Centers for Excellence and Expertise’

One ripple effect of the U.S. West Coast dockworkers labor dispute and subsequent backlog of maritime containers awaiting entry to the U.S., has been a rerouting of many vessels through the Panama Canal to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and East Coast ports. Aside from the capacity challenges presented at these alternate ports is the … Read more

U.S.-Canada Preclearance agreement is an excellent Coordinated Border Management initiative by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Canadian Border Services Agency

U.S. and Canadian Security Authorities have reached a milestone ‘Preclearance’ agreement to more efficiently move trade in all modes of transportation between the U.S. and Canada, each other’s largest trading partners, exchanging nearly a trillion $USD per year. Under the agreement each country’s customs services will have the authority to inspect certain cargo and perform … Read more

$500 Billion Annual U.S. Trade with Mexico, not just immigration, should be included as a metric for border security

Illegal entries by individuals, visa overstays, and other metrics related to the movement of people across the U.S./Mexico border are often cited as the principle figures in determining “border security”. While these numbers as well as violence in Mexico’s border towns should be given due attention, the undeniable growth in U.S./Mexico trade should be viewed … Read more

Automation, Process Enhancements by Customs Helps U.S. Increase Trade, Travel, and Revenue in 2014

The 2014 trade and travel statistics recently released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security show increases over 2013 levels in the areas of: international travel to the U.S. (374 million people +4%),  containers processed at U.S. ports (25.7M +4.5%), total value of trade processed ($1.6 trillion +4%), and revenue collected ($34B +2%).  Average wait … Read more

U.S. CBP Announces L.A. Field Office Director, Todd Owen, as New Assistant Commissioner for Field Operations

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, Gil Kerlikowske, announced that Mr. Todd C. Owen will become the next Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Field Operations, the highest post within the component of CBP that oversees all operations related to international trade and travel. Mr. Owen was most recently the Director of Field Operations for … Read more

U.S. CBP and Singapore Sign Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has signed a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) with Singapore, it’s 72nd CMAA to date. The Agreement allows each country to leverage the other’s existing cargo security and efficiency-building programs. With the rapid expansion of free trade, it would be extremely difficult for an individual customs service to efficiently manage … Read more

CT Strategies Expands Targeting and Land Border Management Expertise with Addition of Former U.S. Customs and Border Protection Professionals

CT Strategies Adds Acclaimed Customs and Technology Experts to Enhance Service Offerings CT Strategies is pleased to announce the addition of two accomplished Senior Advisors who join the team with distinguished records of public service in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Dr. Gerald Dewey and Mr. … Read more

U.S. Customs to Allow Private Sector Contributions to Fund Operations

Capitalizing on the innovative ‘559’ Legislation, designed to allow private trade industry entities to supplement U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) efforts to move trade faster while the agency’s budget tightens, CBP and the General Services Administration (GSA), which owns multiple ports of entry around the U.S. where CBP operates, announced the ‘Donation Acceptance Program’ … Read more

U.S., Kenya Sign Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement Resulting from Africa Leadership Summit

As part of the recent U.S.-Africa Leadership Summit in Washington D.C., where President Obama met with 51 African Heads of State, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) signed a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) with its counterparts in Kenya.  The CMAA lays the legal framework to exchange critical information that will help both countries fight … Read more

Program Test with FDA and Consumer Product Safety Commission

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will run an 18 month program to test a long-anticipated Trusted Trader program in collaboration with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Dozens of U.S. government agencies have legal and regulatory authorities on imported goods.  This multi-agency partnership is a … Read more