Commissioner Updates U.S. Chamber on Security, Economic Advances

CBP Commissioner Bersin at U.S. Chamber of Commerce U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan D. Bersin today updated members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on efforts to modernize, streamline and strengthen CBP operations at ports of entry. Bersin spoke to members of the…

MEXICO LIFTS TARIFFS ON U.S. GOODS

Effective Oct. 21 Mexico has lifted the remaining 50% of the sanctions it had levied against imports of 99 U.S. products in retaliation for Washington’s failure to comply with a NAFTA requirement that the U.S. allow Mexican long-haul trucks to operate in the U.S. The…

U.S. food safety risks since 9/11: Pest explosion breaks out as anti-terror measures took priority

CBP CHECKING FOR PESTS IN IMPORTED GOODS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Monday, October 10, 2011 FRESNO, Calif. — Dozens of foreign insects and plant diseases slipped undetected into the United States in the years after 9/11, when authorities were so focused on…

INSPECTORS STRUGGLE TO KEEP UP WITH IMPORTS

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Inside the giant warehouse, past the labyrinth of cubicles and corner offices, behind the security door marked “Authorized Personnel Only,” the smell isn’t all that bad today. “Sometimes it’s unbearable,” said Denise Williams, a supervisor in the U.S. Food and Drug…

U.S. INLAND PORT LACKING INSPECTORS AT BORDER CROSSINGS COSTING MILLIONS

  By Michel Marizco SAN LUIS, ARIZONA – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has beefed up the number of border agents in the last 10 years, but not its customs inspectors – those officers in blue who check the legitimate traffic coming through the…

DOT READY TO LAUNCH MEXICAN TRUCK PILOT PROGRAM

READY TO START MEXICAN TRUCK CROSS BORDER PILOT PROGRAM Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sent to House and Senate leaders last week a letter asserting that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has fulfilled all the requirements necessary to launch a pilot program allowing long-haul Mexican…