U.S. Withdraws from Universal Postal Union; Citing Unfair Subsidies to China

In October, the Trump Administration began the process of withdrawing from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) because of the subsidized rates it affords to countries like China. The U.S. announced the decision to leave in an August Presidential Memorandum. The Universal Postal Union was established in 1874 and acts as a forum for postal sector stakeholders. Initially, the … Read more

Al Gina Discusses the “Future of Port Management” at U.S.-Mexico Border Conference

On June 13th, 2018, CT Strategies’ Allen Gina served as a panelist at the 5th Annual “Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border Conference”, hosted by the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute in Washington DC.  A number of distinguished government and industry representatives from both sides of the border were on hand to discuss various issues facing the … Read more

U.S. and Mexico Set to Expand Cooperative Unified Cargo Processing Program

On March 26th, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner, Kevin McAleenan, and Leader of Mexico’s Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT – Tax Administration Service in English) Osvaldo Santín met and signed a host of bilateral agreements to improve coordination between the two agencies. One agreement involved committing more resources to and expanding the Unified … Read more

Mexico and the U.S. Sign Multiple Customs Agreements

During her trip to Mexico City last week, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, participated in news conferences and bilateral meetings with Mexican Foreign Minister Luiz Videgaray and Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete Prida. The meetings discussed a wide range of topics, including: the need to halt the illicit flow of weapons at … 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

EU Signs Bilateral Air Traveler Information-Sharing Agreements with U.S. and Others

The European Union has signed bilateral Passenger Name Record (PNR) Agreements with the United States, Canada and Australia. PNR data, which includes the information used by an individual traveler to purchase an airline ticket, is submitted by airlines to the authorities. It can then be used by law enforcement to interdict high risk passengers attempting … Read more

U.S. & Canada Heads of State Discuss Preclearance and Cross-Border Info-Sharing

During a recent visit in Washington DC between Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and President Obama the two leaders discussed the importance of continuously enhancing the speed of cross-border trade and travel, as well as improving security through information sharing on third-country nationals. There was an announcement about the expansion of the customs preclearance program for U.S. … Read more

U.S. and Mexico Launch Cargo Pre-Inspection Pilot Program

Collaboration between U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Mexican Customs administration has resulted in the launch of a joint cargo pre-inspection pilot program.  The program aims to reduce cargo congestion and clearance times by allowing each customs administration to inspect incoming cargo on the other’s soil prior to import. The program is currently being … Read more

World Customs Organization (WCO) holds Annual Sessions in Brussels; Elects U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Ana Hinojosa as Director of Compliance and Facilitation Directorate

The World Customs Organization (WCO) held their 125th/126th Annual Sessions in Brussels recently, bringing together Customs leaders from 180 WCO Members around the world.  This year’s theme was ‘Coordinated Border Management’ (CBM). Other topics of discussion included digital customs, performance measurement, the impact of e-commerce, public-private engagement, and advance information sharing in the air cargo … Read more

Permitting Armed U.S. Customs Agents in Mexico will Allow for Cargo Preclearance Program and Speed U.S./Mexico Trade

After decades of not allowing foreign law enforcement officials to carry weapons in Mexico, an agreement by the Mexican Government to allow certain U.S. agents to do so is expected to be implemented in August. One significant benefit of this arrangement should be a faster, more efficient flow of trade from Mexico to the U.S. … Read more