The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) invited CT Strategies’ Charles Bartoldus, to present at their ‘Public-Private Dialogue on Trade Facilitation’ in Buenos Aires to share his expertise on risk management in cargo and passenger screening. Mr. Bartoldus draws on his experience as the first Executive Director of National Targeting and Security, at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and as Senior Director of Transportation & Border Security at the White House National Security Staff
In his presentation, Bartoldus’ discussed the key pillars of the World Customs Organization (WCO) SAFE Framework of Standards. These pillars, which can be adapted to both developed and developing nations to enhance trade facilitation and risk management strategy, reduce costs, improve efficiency, and facilitate commerce.
The ‘Public-Private Dialogue on Trade Facilitation’ was held March 30-31, 2016.
CT-Strategies’ Charles Bartoldus Speaks at IDB ‘Public-Private Dialogue on Trade Facilitation’ in Buenos Aires
CT Strategies Team Members, Charles Bartoldus and Charles Morton, Present to East African Trade Leaders
For two weeks in March, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) hosted a Reverse Trade Mission for a group of officials from East Africa, focusing on ‘Ports Modernization and Security’. CT Strategies was invited to speak to the delegation about best practices in risk management. Drawing upon decades of lessons learned in U.S. Customs and the supply chain security industry, Bartoldus and Morton shared insights on managing efficient and secure trade facilitation which could be scaled to large or small ports in both developed and developing nations.
Visit the USTDA website for more details.
CT Strategies' Allen Gina, Speaks at Panama Logistics Summit on the Importance of Public-Private Partnerships
TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), a non-profit development organization focused on supporting trade and economic growth in the region, worked with officials in Rwanda to implement a Single Window System to more quickly clear cargo in 2012. TMEA reports that since then, the time it takes to file and clear goods has dropped from 14 days to less than 1 day, while associated costs have dropped from Rwf 30,000 to Rwf 4,000.
Through swifter automated technology, the Single Window connects trade industry filers with multiple government agencies that need to clear goods at the border. This is a commendable Customs modernization effort in an up and coming regional trade hub, that will hopefully continue to yield economic gains for Rwanda and its neighbors.
The United States, which has nearly 50 government agencies with equities in international trade, is currently in the process of developing its Single Window system.
Visit TMEA and AllAfrica.com for more details.
During a recent visit in Washington DC between Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and President Obama the two leaders discussed the importance of continuously enhancing the speed of cross-border trade and travel, as well as improving security through information sharing on third-country nationals.
There was an announcement about the expansion of the customs preclearance program for U.S. bound travelers from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Quebec City’s Jean Lesage Airport. These will be in addition to the current nine Canadian Preclearance sites.
Canada is the United States’ largest trading partner with over $600 Billion USD exchanged between the two in 2015. Discussions on the expansion of cargo preclearance were also held.
National Security leaders of the two countries discussed the importance of and challenges with information sharing on third-country nationals; with respect to anti-terrorism, refugee screening, entry/exit tracking, and maintaining privacy.
For more details visit CBC News