International Customs day!

Friday January 26th, 2018 marked the 65th annual International Customs Day.  The celebration is organized by the World Customs Organisation (WCO), Customs offices, trade organizations, and other stakeholder groups around the world. International Customs Day celebrates January 26th, 1953 when the first session of the Customs Cooperation Council, later renamed the WCO, was held in Brussels, … Read more

U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Hosts Congressional and Trade Officials to Discuss NAFTA; Highlighting Bipartisan Support for Preserving the Trade Agreement

On October 26th, the United States – Mexico Chamber of Commerce (USMCOC) held the “Congressional North American Roundtable” at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Albert Zapanta, President & CEO of the USMCOC, Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), and Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) provided welcoming remarks. Sessions and Cuellar commented that, despite having political differences, … Read more

U.S. and Mexican Customs to Expand Collaboration with Joint Cargo Inspection Program near San Diego

Since July, 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Mexico Servício de Administración Tributaria (SAT) have worked together to implement 5 joint Unified Cargo Processing programs along the Southwest Border, including a new pilot to be launched in October at the Otay Mesa, CA cargo facility, just south of San Diego. These joint programs … Read more

CBP Aims to Refine Targeting Methods for International Mail Amidst E-Commerce Boom and Opioid Crisis

Given the rapid growth of e-commerce in recent years, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel have faced greater challenges in screening and inspecting the increased volume of international items shipped to the U.S. via the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and through express consignment carriers, such as FedEx, DHL, and UPS.  Traditionally low-volume facilities, where … Read more

Biometrics for Government & Law Enforcement Conference Gathers Stakeholders from Around the World to Discuss Best Practices

The Biometrics for Government and Law Enforcement Conference was held from July 26th -28th, 2017, just outside Washington D.C.  The Conference is held every few months in DC and other parts of the country.  This particular 3-day event included the perspective of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), while also focusing more closely on the … Read more

Andrew Farrelly Participates in World Customs Organization’s Annual Council Sessions

From July 6th-8th the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) held its 129th/130th Annual Council Session in Brussels, Belgium. Customs authorities from across the world discussed multiple topics including: the WCO Mercator Programme, the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement, data and intelligence sharing, combating illicit financial flows, customs-tax cooperation, and capacity building. Mr. Farrelly attended as … Read more

Allen Gina Leads Panel on “Global Trade in a Time of Change” at Thomson Reuters 2nd Annual Government Conference

​On Wednesday, June 21st, in Washington DC at Thomson Reuters’ 2nd Annual Government Conference, titled ‘Finding Opportunity in Disruption’, Mr. Gina was joined by Geoff Powell, President of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America; Adam Salerno, Executive Director of Global Supply Chain and Trade Facilitation at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Tom … Read more

Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute holds forum on “Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border”

On June 14, 2017, the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute brought together public and private sector officials to discuss enhancing and improving operations at the U.S.-Mexico border. Prominent government officials from both countries were present including: Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., Geronimo Gutierrez, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner, Kevin McAleenan, former CBP Commissioner, Alan Bersin, … Read more

Andrew Farrelly Discusses Biometric Screening at Airport Checkpoints with The Voyage Report

Over the past year there has been an expanded use of biometric passenger screening tools by private airlines, airports, and Department of Homeland Security agencies aimed at making the air travel process more secure and efficient. One of the latest is an effort by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to evaluate the use fingerprint scanners … Read more

Congress Introduces FASTER Act

On May 18, 2017, Representative Peter DeFazio introduced the “Funding for Aviation Screeners and Threat Elimination Restoration (FASTER) Act”. The act would repeal subsection (i) of 49 U.S.C. 44940, which takes portions of passenger fees collected and deposits them into the general fund of the treasury. Lawmakers who back the FASTER Act argue that repealing this subsection … Read more