CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION ANNOUNCE NEW CCE

WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar announced today the expansion of the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEE), which will create six new centers in 2013 for the Agriculture & Prepared Products; Apparel, Footwear & Textiles; Base Metals;…

WHAT IS MUTUAL RECOGNITION UNDER C-TPAT

What exactly is Mutual Recognition? Mutual Recognition (MR) refers to those activities associated with the signing of a document between U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and a foreign Customs Administration that provides for the exchange of information. The document, referred to as an “arrangement”, indicates…

MEXICO IS LOOKING BETTER THAN IT HAS IN A LONG TIME

Article by Mark Mobius  Chairman of Templeton Emerging Market Funds as published in the Business Insider Elections come and go, but the real test of a candidate might be whether the promises made on the campaign trail are actually put into place. Enrique Peña Nieto…

BIG BOTTLENECKS AT THE BORDER

  One of the bright spots of the economic malaise of the past few years has been the strong growth in trade between the United States and Mexico. Two-way trade has surged from $306 billion in 2009 to $461 billion last year. Month-over-month figures from…

USA EXTENDS INVITATION TO MEXICO FOR TTP

Washington, DC – President Obama announced this morning that the United States and the eight other countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement have extended an invitation to Mexico to join the TPP negotiations, pending successful conclusion of their domestic procedures. In addition to the…

NAFTA SUMMIT

The top leaders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico hold a trilateral North American Leaders’ Summit at the White House today to thrash out conflicts in energy and regulations to boost economic competitiveness and increase jobs. President Barack Obama hosts Prime Minister Stephen Harper of…

GROUP MEETS IN DC TO DISCUSS SIMPLIFIED TRADE

On President’s Day, in true patriotic spirit, members of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection, also known as COAC, traveled from around the country to meet Tuesday in the nation’s capital. The meeting was the trade advisory group’s first public…

C-TPAT CONFERENCE PUSHED BACK

For those of you that have been asking about the next C-TPAT conference, we received the below email last week.  I hope the delay in the scheduling of the conference is not due to the current Obama administration, where the C-TPAT program  could be getting…

TRUCKERS AWAITING NEW FDA MODERNIZATION ACT LAWS

All the practical implications of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (now Public Law 111-353) are not yet spelled out when it comes to the trucking industry. What is clear, however, is that the new law, if it withstands post-enactment efforts by opponents still seeking…