Secure Trade Lanes & Next Gen Facilitation- COAC March 2021

The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee advises the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Treasury on commercial operations of Customs and Border Protection. The committee holds quarterly meetings to address rising topics and concerns in industry and government. Subcommittees provide recommendations and solutions in secure trade lanes, intelligent enforcement, next generation facilitation, and … Read more

CT Strategies to Discuss Advances in Border Technology and CBP’s CTPAT Program at University of Houston’s Port of the Future Conference

http://ct-strategies.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Port-of-The-Future-Promo-1-5.mp4 CT Strategies is proud to be participating in this year’s Port of the Future Virtual Conference hosted by the University of Houston. Set for March 15-18th, this event will provide corporate leaders, trade and logistics professionals, government officials, and leading researchers the opportunity to examine an expanding and evolving vision of future Ports of … Read more

WITA Webinar: COVID, Supply Chains and the Crisis at the Ports

The Washington International Trade Association held a webinar on February 25th to examine how Covid-19 is remaking global supply chains. Among those in attendance were Karyn Booth a Partner and Transportation Practice Group Leader of Thompson Hine LLP, Dr. Noel Hacegaba the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Port of Long Beach, Nate Herman the Senior Vice President of the American Apparel & Footwear … Read more

Navigating Gulf Trade Relations with Qatar

With Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt thawing relations with Qatar, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are to end the Qatar boycott through the AlUla GCC Summit Declaration signed on January 5th, 2021. The now-terminated boycott has severed diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar since 2017. The new Declaration will bolster not only GCC-Qatari relations, but Gulf relations at large. While short … Read more

A Guide to Mutual Recognition

Mutual Recognition of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) allows two customs administrations to recognize one another’s standards and provide reciprocal benefits to members of both programs. It also allows for the exchange of membership information and data between foreign customs administrations.   The U.S. AEO program, the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT), has several Mutual Recognition … Read more

Biden’s Administration’s Impact on US Trade Policy

The Biden administration will still view China as a competitor in many areas but also as a country to collaborate with as we address some of the serious issues facing the world today, for example public health, the Covid-19 crisis, and climate change and environmental issues. There is also a realization that China and the U.S. depend on each other economically.   The incoming administration recognizes that the U.S. must deal with China on trade issues that have spanned both … Read more

How to enhance your supply chain risk assessment process

Risk assessments can help your company address security concerns within the supply chain by analyzing external threats against company procedures and identifying vulnerabilities.   Your company’s risk assessment should:  Include personnel screening and security training to ensure company-wide compliance  Consider the risk your partners bring into the supply chain  Develop protocol to mitigate agricultural risks, such … Read more

Seamless Travel: Covid-19 and Standardizing a Contactless Journey

Representatives from several regulatory bodies and different parts of the global transport industry came together to discuss ideas, innovations and relationships related to standardizing contactless technologies. Among those in attendance were Michael Hardin the Director of Policy, Entry/Exit Transformation Office at US Customs and Border Protection, Ali Chegini the Director of System Safety and Health System Safety … Read more