U.S. Chamber of Commerce 6th Annual Global Supply Chain Summit

CT Strategies Kelley Sanabria had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 6th Annual Global Supply Chain Summit held on May 22nd. The aim of the summit is to bring together “industry and government leaders to address the current challenges and opportunities facing global supply chains.” The main themes of the summit included: global e-commerce and … Read more

Commissioner McAleenan Testifies on CBP Staffing and Investment Priorities

On April 25, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner, Kevin McAleenan, testified before the House Homeland Security Committee’s Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee regarding his vision for the future of CBP. The subcommittee has oversight over aspects of travel visas, the U.S. border, and port and maritime security. Its oversight covers about 51% of the Department of Homeland … Read more

NCBFAA Discusses E-commerce and De Minimis Issues with CBP at their Annual Conference

NCBFAA Annual Conference The National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) recently held their 45th annual conference entitled ‘Excelling in an Age of Evolution’ on April 29th in Rancho Mirage, California. The conference was joined by: Representatives from the World Customs Organization, Customs agencies, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and … Read more

U.S. Government and Industry Discuss How to Counter the Import of North Korean Forced Labor Goods

On 13 April 2018, officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of State (State), the Department of the Treasury (Treasury), and the Department of Labor(DoL) met with industry stakeholders to discuss Section 321(b) of the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” (CAATSA). Under this section, sanctions … Read more

Procter & Gamble Protects its Supply Chain Using CBP Donations Program to Prevent Entry of Counterfeit Products

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has partnered with Procter and Gamble (P&G) in a limited program to prevent the entry of counterfeit P&G products. The partnership leverages CBP’s Donations Acceptance Program (DAP), which was originally authorized by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and  updated in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, authorizing private donations … Read more

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

CBP Faces Challenge in Enforcing Ban on Goods Made with Forced Labor

Although the Agency has received criticism from some members of Congress for not taking more action to seize imported goods made with forced labor, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) does face a considerable challenge in enforcing the relatively new law. The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA), which became law in February 2016, along … Read more

Al Gina Delivers Keynote Remarks at Southern Border Conference

The Southern Border Conference, held October 25th – 28th, 2017 in Laredo Texas, gathered trade industry members, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officials, and other U.S. and Mexico government representatives from across the Border to discuss current issues affecting the industry and U.S.-Mexico trade. Processing over $200 Billion/year in trade, Laredo is the highest … Read more

Canada and Mexico Seek to Expand Trade Outside North America as NAFTA Renegotiations Prove Difficult

Four rounds of trilateral talks have now concluded since August, and Canada and Mexico are looking to expand their trade relationships outside of North America as renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the U.S. has proven difficult. While business communities across all three countries are generally hoping for a modest modernization of … Read more