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

CT Strategies’ Former CTPAT Director Launches NCBFAA-Accredited Training to Help Companies Meet New 2020 Security Criteria

For the first time since it launched 17 years ago, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program has updated its eligibility requirements. Members and new applicants are now required to update company procedures to meet the New Minimum-Security Criteria and remain in compliance.   The new requirements emphasize the importance of corporate-level support and company-wide awareness of security protocols. … Read more

How CTPAT Membership Can Help Protect Your Brand Equity

Strong brand equity is essential to companies seeking to stand out to potential supply chain partners in a highly competitive global market. Customer perception, brand loyalty, and brand awareness are critical elements to a company’s success in maintaining existing partnerships and establishing new ones. Your business partners need confidence that your company is a strong link in their supply chain. A perceived risk of potential security breaches can be detrimental … Read more

ICAO Secure Supply Chain Regime

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that manages the administration of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention). ICAO works with the 193 member states that are currently party to the Chicago Convention to reach consensus on international civil aviation Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS). SARPS … Read more

Trade flows in the age of automation

On Friday, September 18 the Atlantic Council hosted, “Trade flows in the age of automation.” The webinar featured several esteemed trade professionals including, Antony Phillipson, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for North America, Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist at Confederation of British Industry as well as Bart Oosterveld and Barbara Matthews, both of whom are fellows at … Read more

Update on U.S. CBP Revised CTPAT Security Requirements

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) is a voluntary trade program designed to advance global trade through cooperation between govt. and industry stakeholders. As a compliance-based security excellence program, CTPAT members maintain their standing by establishing security measures that secure and enhance the integrity of their operations. With over 11,000 members, CTPAT aims to expedite certain border processes while ensuring border security. In 2020, the program has updated its … Read more

As CTPAT New Minimum-Security Criteria go into Effect, CT Strategies Expands CTPAT, AEO, and International Capacity-Building Services

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2020 — CT Strategies, a global border management consulting firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Shawn Beddows as its Vice President of Global Services. Mr. Beddows adds 24 years of CTPAT, AEO, and border management capacity-building experience to a formidable CT Strategies team, having previously served as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting … Read more

Use Scenario Planning to Build Supply Chain Resilience

On Monday, August 24, leading research and advisory company Gartner, hosted a webinar titled, “Use Scenario Planning to Build Supply Chain Resilience” Gartner Senior Analyst, Kamala Raman led the discussion, which focused on how companies can design supply chain networks to balance conflicting objectives. Ms. Raman described how companies have always invested in improving resiliency and … Read more

WITA Webinar: Conversation with WTO Director General Candidate H.E. Ambassador Amina Mohamed

On Thursday, August 6 the Washington International Trade Association hosted a webinar conversation with World Trade Organization (WTO) Direct General Candidate H.E. Ambassador Amina Mohamed. Ambassador Mohamed is Kenya’s candidate for Director General of the WTO. The webinar conversation focused on Ambassador Mohamed’s vision for the WTO as well how she perceives the new Director … Read more