Andrew Farrelly Talks Customs and Port Automation at IV Hemispheric Conference in Panama City

The IV Hemispheric Conference on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Logistics was held in Panama City, Panama, from April 1 to April 3, 2019. It was organized by the Panama Maritime Authority and the Organization of American States (OAS). The conference provides government and industry an opportunity to discuss comprehensive port management, regional connectivity, multimodal logistics, automation … Read more

Andrew Farrelly Discusses E-Commerce, Cargo Security at IATA Event in Bangkok

​Air Cargo Industry and Government Officials from all over the world gathered in Bangkok this week at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) ‘Cargo Security & Facilitation Forum’. The 2-day eventcovered a variety of topics; such as E-Commerce, Emerging Technologies, Trusted Trader Programs, Regulation, and Security.  CT Strategies’ Andrew Farrelly moderated the E-Commerce panel with representatives … Read more

Al Gina Talks NAFTA with Trade Officials at Annual U.S./Canada Border Conference

The annual U.S./ Canada Border Conference, held in Detroit on September 20-21, convenes current and former senior officials from U.S. and Canadian border agencies to discuss issues impacting the two countries’ cross-border relationship. The conference was established soon after the 2011 U.S. and Canada joint “Beyond the Border” declaration as a forum to advance the … Read more

World Customs Organization Takes On E-Commerce Challenges in Indonesia

Much has been stated about the tremendous challenges posed by the growth of e-commerce on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Keeping the American people and economy protected from harmful or counterfeit products arriving by mail among the hundreds of millions of small packages arriving each year has created a host of new risk management challenges … Read more

CBP Trade EAC, Brenda Smith, Outlines ACE and Other Modernization Priorities

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Executive Assistance Commissioner for Trade, Brenda Smith, spoke at the 2018 CBP Trade Symposium in Atlanta from August 14-15th on the ‘State of CBP’s Trade Strategy’. Smith highlighted some of CBP’s recent trade accomplishments, including “quantifying the benefits of CBP’s single window cargo process systems, the Automated Commercial Environment … Read more

CT Strategies’ Takeaways from the 2018 CBP Trade Symposium: Part 1, Perspectives on Technology

The CT Strategies team was pleased to attend the annual U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trade Symposium in Atlanta on August 14th-15th. The event presents a great opportunity to network with former colleagues from CBP and current associates in the trade industry, and to hear CBP’s message to the trade community. We will be sharing … Read more

CBP and Laredo Officials Celebrate New Rail Inspection Facility Funded by Kansas City Southern to Support ‘Secure Corridor’

On August 10, 2018, officials from Kansas City Southern (KCS) Railroad and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Laredo Field Office hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new Secondary Examination Station for rail cars, funded by KCS, near their Laredo, TX rail yard, just a few miles from the border crossing. Leading … Read more

CBP Testing Blockchain to Verify NAFTA and CAFTA Certificates of Origin

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Business Transformation and Innovation Division Director, Vincent Annunziato, stated that CBP will begin testing blockchain technology functions within a live environment. According to American Shipper, the CBP blockchain test will involve the technology’s ability to validate NAFTA and CAFTA certificates of origin. Annunziato states that CBP is investigating the technology … Read more

CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan’s Subcommittee Hearing on ‘Trade and Commerce at U.S. Ports of Entry’

Earlier this month, July 18th, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan testified before the Senate Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness on Trade and Commerce at U.S. Ports of Entry. Throughout his testimony, Commissioner McAleenan emphasized that CBP’s human capital, advanced technology and data analytic capabilities, and domestic and international … Read more

World Customs Organization hosts Annual Council Session

The World Customs Organization (WCO) Council, the highest decision-making body in the WCO, held its Annual Council Session in Brussels, Belgium from June 28 to June 30. The Annual Council Session is an opportunity for WCO member states to gather and discuss priority issues facing Customs Administrations worldwide. CT Strategies was fortunate to be able to … Read more