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McAleenan Delivers Keynote Speech at AAEI Annual Conference

July 10, 2017

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan delivered a keynote speech at the 96th Annual AAEI Conference and Expo, which was held last June in Austin, Texas.

During his address to the conference attendees, Mr. McAleenan noted the following points:

  • CBP has heard the “drawback vigilantes” loud and clear of the importance of programming drawback as part of “core” ACE, and noted the July 8th date for ACE deployment on collections and statements, reconciliation, drawback, duty deferral and liquidation.
  • Trade Facilitation and Enforcement: CBP will release its e-commerce strategy as it is projected that e-commerce will account for $4 trillion in trade by 2020.  CBP plans on providing a central repository of information for e-commerce companies to comply with trade laws.  McAleenan noted a number of provisions under TFTEA which still need to be implemented.

To highlight CBP’s challenge with e-commerce, Mr. McAleenan noted that CBP collaborated with PGAs on “Operation Mailflex” over a five (5) day period.  CBP found a 43% non-compliance rate among the packages inspected.  Moreover, it found over 800 Intellectual Property Rights violations, and he noted that 90% of the IPR violations that CBP finds are in the air environment.

  • Collaboration with Trade: CBP continues to strive to be a transparent organization and work with the trade community.

Mr. McAleenan did answer a few questions pertaining to the impact of the President’s hiring freeze on CBP’s workforce, and he indicated that the President’s order does not apply to CBP because of they are exempt under national security protections.

The 2017 AAEI annual conference was another great success for the Association, which structured a program around the theme of, “NexGen: Frictionless Trade for the 21st Century.”

Next year’s AAEI annual conference will be held June 6-8, 2018 in Baltimore at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.