Administration Should Balance Focus Both At the Ports and Between them, as CBP’s Staffing Challenges Continue in Multiple Areas

As President Trump entered office in 2017 promising to bolster U.S./Mexico border security, his focus was largely on building a border wall and increasing the number of Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents in order to ramp up enforcement against illegal immigration between the ports of entry and in the interior of … Read more

U.S. and Mexican Customs to Expand Collaboration with Joint Cargo Inspection Program near San Diego

Since July, 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Mexico Servício de Administración Tributaria (SAT) have worked together to implement 5 joint Unified Cargo Processing programs along the Southwest Border, including a new pilot to be launched in October at the Otay Mesa, CA cargo facility, just south of San Diego. These joint programs … Read more

Allen Gina Moderates Panels on Trade at World BASC Congress 20th Anniversary in Santo Domingo

The World Business Alliance for Secure Commerce (BASC) Organization held its 2017 Congress in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on September 14th-15th, which marked the 20th anniversary of the BASC program. Through his 30+ years of service at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and legacy U.S. Customs, Mr. Gina has been a long time supporter of BASC’s … Read more

Allen Gina Discusses Port Technology Innovation at U.S./Canada Border Conference

While moderating a panel at the annual U.S./Canada Border Conference in Detroit titled, “Ports of Entry: Next Generation Technology”, CT Strategies’ Partner Allen Gina discussed the role played by emerging technology in facilitating the movement of passengers and cargo across land borders. Mr. Gina was joined by Richard DiNucci, who, at the time served as U.S. … Read more

Cross-Border, Public-Private Collaboration Creates New Rail Processing Facility, Enhanced Trade Flow in Laredo

U.S. and Mexico Customs authorities in Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, working alongside Kansas City Southern (KCS) Railroad and KCS Mexico Railroad, celebrated the opening of a Unified Cargo Processing facility near the Laredo rail bridge border crossing. The new facility, paid for predominantly by KCS, will allow Mexico’s Servicio de Administracion Tributaria (SAT) Officers to … Read more

Australia’s New ‘Department of Home Affairs’, like U.S. DHS, Merges Multiple Agencies, While Creating Challenges and Opportunities

​On July 18, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the establishment of the Department of Home Affairs. Turnbull advocated for greater integration of domestic and border security operational agencies in order to improve strategic policy planning and coordination between them. However, he claimed, “this is not a United States-style Department of Homeland Security. The agencies … Read more

Al Gina Discusses U.S.-Latin America Supply Chain Security Dynamics with BASC Peru’s ‘Cargo Security’ Publication

The Business Alliance for Secure Commerce (BASC), Peru Chapter, talked with CT Strategies’ Partner and former U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of International Trade, Allen Gina, about various supply chain security dynamics and areas of risk between the U.S. and Latin America. One topic was the proliferation and virtues of … Read more

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

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

Australia linking passports and drivers’ licenses to new biometric system, could have applications for Border Management

Australia is implementing a new network of systems to link passports and driver licenses photos for quicker and more complete biometric identification. Under this architecture, photos and still images from Australia’s CCTV system will go through a face-identification system to match them against a database repository that consists of a network of systems containing passport, … Read more