U.S., Kenya Sign Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement Resulting from Africa Leadership Summit

As part of the recent U.S.-Africa Leadership Summit in Washington D.C., where President Obama met with 51 African Heads of State, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) signed a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) with its counterparts in Kenya.  The CMAA lays the legal framework to exchange critical information that will help both countries fight … Read more

Dutch Customs Sets the Bar on Rail Cargo Security at Port of Rotterdam

Through the use of advanced x-ray scanning technology and cutting edge threat detection processes, the Port of Rotterdam can now scan all cargo on trains moving up to 35 miles per hour (a 40 foot container every eight-tenths of a second) without any sacrifice in security.  Aside from rail freight, Rotterdam is often recognized as … Read more

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Trade Advisory Committee Convene in Miami, Promote Bi-Directional Education

On May 22nd, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officials and their Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations (COAC) held their quarterly meeting in Miami. COAC meetings provide invaluable opportunity for government and business to educate each other on their respective roles in regulating and securing the supply chain, while ensuring the prosperity of the … Read more

Commendable Efforts by Philippines Customs Commissioner Demonstrates Revenue Increase Through Fighting Corruption

After losing a projected $4.6 Billion USD in annual customs revenue, Philippines President, Benigno Aquino III, recognized the need to squash the corruption within his Bureau of Customs and assess the nation’s customs revenue gap. He appointed a former Goldman Sachs trader in Hong Kong, John Sevilla, as the Commissioner to do the job. Since … Read more

Presidential Meeting Paves the Way for U.S., Uruguay Customs Agreement

Just days after the President met with the Uruguayan Prime Minister to discuss trade on May 12th at the White House, U.S. Customs & Border Protection and Uruguayan Foreign Affairs signed a customs mutual assistance agreement (CMA). The Head of State meeting and subsequent execution of the CMA highlight the importance of international trade as a critical element of … Read more