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

Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act Helps U.S. CBP Combat Forced Labor

Passed in February 2016, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA) strengthens the ability of U.S Agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE), to carry out their respective trade enforcement and facilitation missions. One notable section of the TFTEA eliminates the ‘consumptive demand’ clause … Read more

CBP’s Challenge in Preventing the Importation of Stolen Cultural Property

As the lead U.S. Government Agency responsible for preventing the illegal importation of stolen artifacts at the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a significant challenge in interdicting traffic of Middle East antiquities stolen and smuggled amidst ongoing violence in the region. A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report “Cultural Property: Protection of … Read more

Customs Training Sessions Held to Counter the Trafficking of Cultural Property in Syria and Lebanon

As the violence in Syria continues, many culturally and historically significant artifacts are either being destroyed or sold on the black market, often for profit by militant groups. To help address this issue the World Customs Organization (WCO), working with UNESCO, INTERPOL, and a number of other cultural and law enforcement institutions based in the … Read more