CBP Trade EAC, Brenda Smith, Outlines ACE and Other Modernization Priorities

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Executive Assistance Commissioner for Trade, Brenda Smith, spoke at the 2018 CBP Trade Symposium in Atlanta from August 14-15th on the ‘State of CBP’s Trade Strategy’. Smith highlighted some of CBP’s recent trade accomplishments, including “quantifying the benefits of CBP’s single window cargo process systems, the Automated Commercial Environment … Read more

World Customs Organization hosts Annual Council Session

The World Customs Organization (WCO) Council, the highest decision-making body in the WCO, held its Annual Council Session in Brussels, Belgium from June 28 to June 30. The Annual Council Session is an opportunity for WCO member states to gather and discuss priority issues facing Customs Administrations worldwide. CT Strategies was fortunate to be able to … 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

Modernizing Imports and Exports

*This is the fourth entry in our EC 2017 Trade Symposium Series. Our first entry discussed the opening remarks and missions priorities as set out by Executive Assistant Commissioner, Brenda Smith. Our second entry recounts the President of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association’s, Geoff Powell’s, interview with Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. Our third entry discussed North American Collaboration … Read more

CBP Releases E-Commerce Strategy Paper

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently released their E-Commerce Strategy document, “addressing the growing volume of imported small packages and the challenges and opportunities it presents for the U.S. economy and security.” E-commerce, and the “high-volume, low-value shipments” that result is an increasing challenge for CBP to manage, consequently creating inspection challenges for CBP and … Read more

After 15 Years, CBP Completes Final Major ACE Milestone, One of the U.S. Govt.’s Most Complex IT Projects

On 24 February 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released the last of its major trade processing capabilities for the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). ACE is the U.S. Single Window system, which aims to enhance cargo processing by automating all customs-related filing functions required by CBP and other U.S. Partner Government Agencies (PGA).  In this update, … Read more

CBP Progresses on Implementation as Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act marks 2nd Anniversary

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently marked the second anniversary of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA), which was implemented in February of 2016. TFTEA is the “first comprehensive authorization of CBPsince the Department of Homeland Security was created in 2003, and set forth an overall objective of ensuring a … Read more

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

Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) Modernizing Trade Facilitation with New Customs Code

After hammering out a draft agreement in Minsk this week, the EEU is expected to sign a finalized Customs Code at its December 2016 Supreme Council meetings. Made up of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Russian Federation, the EEU will be creating a comprehensive, codified international treaty governing customs regulations in a … Read more

Partner Agencies Collecting More Trade Data Electronically as CBP Advances ACE Deployment

As U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) moves towards a December 2016 deadline for full implementation of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), other U.S. Government agencies with regulatory authorities over imports are expanding their abilities and mandates to accept required information electronically as part of the overall move to a fully paperless system. While the … Read more