Trade Goes On: Preserving Supply Chains During COVID-19

On Wednesday, President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau agreed to restrict non-essential travel, closing off the world’s longest border. This effort will bring tourism to a halt but will limit economic damage by allowing essential workers and trade to flow across the border.  By continuing to facilitate trade, leaders ensure that essential goods such as medicine … Read more

Association of Women in International Trade Holds Annual International Women’s Day Celebration

On March 5, 2020, CT Strategies attended the Association of Women in International Trade’s (WIIT) annual International Women’s Day Reception at the Embassy of New Zealand. The reception opened with remarks from Ambassador Rosemary Banks, New Zealand’s first female ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Banks outlined New Zealand’s efforts to promote women’s economic development … Read more

COVID-19: Economic Implications for Travel and Trade

As of March 7, over 70 countries have confirmed cases of COVID-19, a respiratory coronavirus that originated in China in December. Since the initial outbreak, there have been 101,583 confirmed cases and 3,460 deaths. The U.S. alone has reported over 250 cases. The coronavirus and corresponding containment efforts have led to decreased demand within the … Read more

Washington International Trade Association Hosts Annual Congressional Trade Agenda

On February 28, CT Strategies attended the Washington International Trade Association’s (WITA) annual Congressional Trade Agenda. During this event, held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Congressional trade leaders gave an overview of the Hill’s areas of focus in 2020. The off-the-record panel featured Senior Counsel and Advisers from both parties, representing … Read more

CT Strategies Attends “The Art of Trade Diplomacy” with Ambassador Judy Reinke

On February 24, 2020, CT Strategies team members attended the Association of Women in International Trade’s (WIIT) round table discussion with Ambassador Judy Reinke, entitled “The Art of Trade Diplomacy.” Reinke, the U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro, is the fifth Foreign Service Officer from the Department of Commerce, and the first woman, to be confirmed as … Read more

The Securing America’s Ports Act: NII Technology

On February 10, 2020, the Securing America’s Ports Act (H.R. 5273) passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support. Introduced last year by Representative Dan Crenshaw and Representative Torres-Small, the bill would drastically expand the usage of non-intrusive inspection (NII) equipment at U.S. ports of entry. If enacted, the bill would require the Secretary … Read more

CT Strategies Supports San Miguel School’s 8th Annual Scholarship Benefit Gala

On Saturday, February 8, the CT Strategies team attended San Miguel School’s 8th Annual Scholarship Benefit Gala in Bethesda, MD. San Miguel School is a boys’ middle school in Washington DC that aims to “transform lives and break the cycle of poverty through education.” About 90 percent of students attending the school live at or below the federal poverty level, and many of them are the first … Read more

CBP’s E-Commerce Pilot Explained

What is e-Commerce? The exponential growth of e-commerce, or “high-volume, low-value shipments purchased via electronic means,” has engendered a shift from large container shipments to a high volume of smaller, low-value packages. As the number of small shipments grows increasingly high, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) faces new inspection challenges. Additionally, many new e-commerce … Read more