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

Andrew Farrelly Presents to World Customs Organization

While attending annual WCO Council Sessions in Brussels, CT Strategies Partner, Andrew Farrelly, was invited to present to the WCO Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG). Backed by his years of experience at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) developing and implementing key components of the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards, Mr. Farrelly provided insights on … Read more

CT Strategies’ Charles Bartoldus Speaks at IDB ‘Public-Private Dialogue on Trade Facilitation’ in Buenos Aires

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) invited CT Strategies’ Charles Bartoldus, to present at their ‘Public-Private Dialogue on Trade Facilitation’ in Buenos Aires to share his expertise on risk management in cargo and passenger screening.  Mr. Bartoldus draws on his experience as the first Executive Director of National Targeting and Security, at U.S. Customs and Border … Read more

CT Strategies’ Allen Gina, Speaks at Panama Logistics Summit on the Importance of Public-Private Partnerships

On March 11th, Allen Gina joined Senior Executives from major international shipping companies, officials from the Panama Canal, and members of the BASC Organization at the ‘2016 Panama Logistics Summit’. His remarks focused on how to improve national security and economic prosperity through enhanced supply chain security and efficiency. By coordinating to create customs compliance … Read more

CT Strategies Co-Founder, Allen Gina, Discusses Trade Fraud Schemes with San Antonio Express in Light of Recently Uncovered Offenses

Four men were recently arrested in Laredo, Texas for international trade-based crimes involving fraud, smuggling, duty-evasion and other conspiracies, ultimately cheating the Government of Mexico out of over $136M USD in tariffs. Their scheme, which involved the false-classification of fake silver coins moving between the U.S. and Mexico, is one of a variety of illicit … Read more