House Passes Bill to Force U.S. Postal Service to Share Data with Customs and Better Detect Illegal Opioids at the Border

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a margin of 353-32, passed the Securing the International Mail Against Opioids Act (H.R. 5788), which would assist the United States Postal Service (USPS) in reducing its role in the nation’s opioid crisis and “help stem the flow of illicit, synthetic opioids from foreign manufacturers through the mail system.” … Read more

Reactions to Recent U.S. Tariffs, Export Control, Sanctions, E-Commerce, and More Discussed at Recent American Association of Exporters & Importers Conference in Baltimore

Hundreds of AAEI industry members from around the U.S. and abroad gathered in Baltimore from June 6th-8th to share ideas and listen to panelists from the private and government sectors discuss a range of topics focused on recent regulations, customs programs, emerging technologies, and other challenges facing the trade community in the U.S. and those whom … Read more

Port of Rotterdam Authority Pilots New Container Scanning System

In response to increasing barge congestion and delays spurred by the increasing number of mega-ships, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, in collaboration with Barge Terminal Tilburg and Certus Port Automation (a manufacturer of container identification and monitoring systems), have initiated a three-month pilot container scanning project that will leverage an innovative mobile optical character recognition (OCR) … Read more

CT Strategies Showcases Emerging Technology, Provides Keynote Remarks at WCO IT Conference in Lima

The World Customs Organization (WCO) Information Technology Conference was held in Lima, Peru from June 6th-8th. The conference is an opportunity for the 182 WCO members to gather and discuss information technology issues affecting Customs administrations today. The series of conferences, which began in 2002, has been lauded as a success by Customs officials who are … Read more

‘AVATAR’ Technology Utilizes Artificial Intelligence to Interview Border Crossers

The Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR), developed at the University of Arizona’s National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS), has been undergoing tests  with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). Prior to the recent tests with CBSA, AVATAR had been tested at a U.S.-Mexico SENTRI lane in Nogales, Arizona in 2011 and in … Read more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce 6th Annual Global Supply Chain Summit

CT Strategies Kelley Sanabria had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 6th Annual Global Supply Chain Summit held on May 22nd. The aim of the summit is to bring together “industry and government leaders to address the current challenges and opportunities facing global supply chains.” The main themes of the summit included: global e-commerce and … Read more

4th WCO Global AEO Conference held in Kampala, Uganda

On 14 March 2018, the World Customs Organization (WCO) hosted its 4th Global Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Conference in Kampala, Uganda. The conference provides Customs stakeholders the opportunity to interact, network, and exchange experiences as it relates to implementing and developing AEO programs. Aside from Government officials, the conference is attended by academics, private sector representatives, and … Read more

CBP and Other Government Agencies Begin Cloud Acquisition Process

On 28 February 2018, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Information Technology (OIT) released a Request for Information (RFI) for cloud acquisition support. According to the RFI, CBP is seeking to migrate all CBP applications out of OIT’s National Data Center complex in Springfield, Virginia to commercial Cloud Service Providers (CSP). CBP anticipates … Read more

New ‘Global’ Trusted Traveler Concept Could Increase Efficiency, but Raises Questions on Technology and Sovereignty

At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, last month Accenture, in collaboration with the WEF, the Canadian and Dutch governments and other stakeholder groups introduced The Known Traveller Digital Identity (KTDI). KTDI “aims to build an encrypted, biometrically-protected profile that air travellers can show at border checks to demonstrate that they are a low risk … Read more

Digitizing Container Shipping Operations

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has released a report encouraging carrier companies to adopt digital solutions across their operations, particularly as new competitors enter the market using digital solutions that provide complete end-to-end services. This competitive advantage has the potential to reduce traditional carrier roles to commoditized ocean freight services. BCG identifies 7 digital trends which … Read more