NAFTA OBJECTIVES A RELIEF FOR BORDER TRADE

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week announced the objectives and timetable for the renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Both announcements provide a welcome relief after the roller coaster since Donald Trump was elected US president in November. Contrary to Trump’s campaign threats, his administration will not…

LAREDO PORT OF ENTRY GOING HIGH TECH & ULTRA MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE

(TNS) — After the World Trade Bridge sustained significant damage from a rain and wind storm in May, local Customs and Border Protection (CBP) leaders got together with various elected officials to work on getting the most out of the situation: namely, $100 million in…

NEW CUSTOMS LAWS ARE SIGNED AND ENACTED

  Introduction President Obama signed the bipartisan Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 on February 24 2016. This is the first major customs legislation enacted since the Customs Modernisation Act.(1) The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act focuses on facilitating legitimate trade and…

CBP MAKES POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS

FROM:  NATIONAL CUSTOM BROKER AND FREIGHT FORWARDERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA   Washington, DC: Earlier today, CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske and Deputy Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan confirmed the promotions of Todd C. Owen to Assistant Commissioner and John Wagner to Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Office…

CBP COMMISSIONER KERLIKOWKSE GIVES ACE PRIORITY

The No. 1 commercial issue for U.S. Customs and Border Protection is completing its automated commercial environment and linking ACE with the 46 other government agencies involved in clearing shipments at the border Commissioner Gil Kerlikowkse said Saturday. Kerlikowske said developing a single, electronic portal that allows…

NAPOLITANO; FOCUS ON BORDER BACKUPS. NOT WALLS

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Political calls for more walls and policing at the U.S.-Mexico border are a “straw man” designed to defeat immigration reform, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Wednesday. Napolitano said in an interview with The Associated Press that…

REVERSE C-TPAT

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection soon may issue a proposed rule on a new cargo security program for exports that could create headaches for agricultural exporters. Begun in late 2001, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism was initially implemented in response to a Congressional…

U.S. LOOKING TO STRENGTHENING INSTITUTIONS IN MEXICO

By ALFREDO CORCHADO THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS Mexico Bureau acorchado@dallasnews.com Published: 16 November 2013 09:50 PM Updated: 16 November 2013 10:30 PM   WASHINGTON — Future U.S. security cooperation with Mexico should be focused on strengthening judicial institutions and communities, the Obama administration’s top official on Latin…

TOP 5 REASON THE U.S./MEXICO BORDER IS IMPORTANT FOR OUR ECONOMY

1. U.S.-Mexico trade surpasses $1 billion every day, with the vast majority of bilateral commerce crossing our land border. Mexico is the second largest destination of U.S. goods and services after Canada. In 2012, U.S. exports to Mexico totaled $216 billion—more than U.S. exports to…