Battling the Risk of Counterfeits as E-Commerce Grows Globally

Battling the Risk of Counterfeits as E-Commerce Grows Globally As cross-border e-commerce booms globally, concerns regarding counterfeit items remain a risk to both producers and consumers. To combat this threat, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working alongside private sector entities to interdict and deter a host of counterfeit items ranging from cosmetics to … Read more

CT Strategies’ Allen Gina Discusses Marijuana Legalization and other Trade Topics with Trade Attorney, Jennifer Diaz.

On November 27, 2018 CT Strategies’ Partner Allen Gina took part in a webinar hosted by Jennifer Diaz, Founder of the Diaz Trade Law in Miami. The two discussed a wide range of current CBP priorities, including CBP policy on import detentions and seizures, the need to consider U.S. National Security when enforcing laws prohibiting the … Read more

CT Strategies’ Al Gina Moderates Panel on Forced Labor in Trade with Group of Customs Lawyers

On November 6, CT Strategies’ Co-Founder, Al Gina, moderated a panel on ‘Emerging Issues in Forced Labor’ with a group of Customs Attorneys in downtown DC at the office of Hogan & Lovells. Co-sponsoring the event were the Young Trade Professionals, the International Trade and Investment Law Society, and the Customs Lawyers Association. Panelists consisted of Marco … Read more

New App may Facilitate Duty Evasion while Linking Buyers with Sellers

​Despite serving as a valuable force multiplier for facilitating international trade and travel, new technology sometimes poses new challenges to Customs agencies. One new mobile app called ‘Grabr’ connects shoppers, who wish to purchase an international product more cheaply than it costs at home, with international travelers who can purchase the cheaper product, deliver it to … Read more

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

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

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