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

VI World BASC Organization Congress

The Business Alliance for Secure Commerce (BASC), is an international business alliance, primarily focused in Latin America, that promotes secure international trade in coordination with government agencies and organizations worldwide. On October 1-3 the World BASC Organization (WBASCO) will hold its world Congress in Washington DC to deliberate the challenges of upholding a secure international … Read more

Revolutionary Container Terminal Strategy Driven by Public-Private Partnership

A private logistics firm is partnering with private port operators and port-host governments to pursue an initiative that could revolutionize intermodal container terminal operations.  The initiative would integrate modes of cargo transport by unloading containers from ships at the seaport directly onto two different train lines.  One train would travel underground through empty sewage networks … Read more

World Customs Organization Revising Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS)

As it does approximately every 5 years, the WCO recently adopted a recommendation that lists the most recent proposed amendments to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS), which would enter into force January 1, 2017.  In order to better monitor and control trade patterns of certain goods and adapt the HTS to current trade patterns, more … 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

‘Global Container Control Programme’ Leverages Internationally Coordinated Risk-Based Targeting Operations to Fight Illicit Trafficking

This week in Vienna, the World Customs Organization Secretary General, Kunio Mikuriya, discussed the growing success of the ‘Global Container Control Programme’, which was created in 2004, and is now coordinated and operated in 20 countries across five continents. The Programme brings together Customs and other law enforcement entities from around the world into a … Read more

Dutch Customs Sets the Bar on Rail Cargo Security at Port of Rotterdam

Through the use of advanced x-ray scanning technology and cutting edge threat detection processes, the Port of Rotterdam can now scan all cargo on trains moving up to 35 miles per hour (a 40 foot container every eight-tenths of a second) without any sacrifice in security.  Aside from rail freight, Rotterdam is often recognized as … Read more

Australia Launches ‘New Border Targeting Centre’ that will Coordinate Multiple Government Agencies and Collaborate with Foreign Partners

As the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service undergoes reforms and merges functions with the nation’s immigration services, hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested to advance intelligence-sharing and risk-based targeting systems.  As cargo and passenger traffic into the country is expected to significantly increase in the coming years, the ‘National Border Targeting Centre’ … 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

CT Strategies Grows Integrated Supply Chain and Trade Services Practice with Addition of Experienced Personnel

CT Strategies, a subsidiary of Command Consulting Group, is excited to announce the addition of four former government officials with high-level experience in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the White House National Security Staff to its growing advisory services practice. David Murphy, Charles Bartoldus, Thomas M. Roland, Jr., … Read more