U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski on July 15 received the first DHL Public Policy Partnership Award from Deutsche Post DHL, a leading international mail and logistics corporation, at the annual DHL Public Policy Forum in Washington, D.C.
"DHL is eager to recognize individuals and organizations for their tangible achievements as the result of partnership between the public and private sectors," stated the award letter from Wolfgang Pordzik, executive vice president of corporate public policy for Deutsche Post DHL Americas. "You personally-and CBP as an agency-have demonstrated a willingness to seek innovative solutions from industry to our common challenges."
Public-private partnership and co-creation are critical tools replacing a top-down regulatory approach, Pordzik added. "Under your leadership, CBP has openly embraced co-creation," he said.
In a conference phone call from Germany, Charlie Dobbie, executive vice president of global network operations, IT and aviation for DHL Express, underscored the company's support. "My thanks to you and your department for co-creation," said Dobbie to Winkowski. "I think it's innovative thinking that can achieve those aims of securing our transport chains and also facilitating speed in trade."
Winkowski thanked DHL and the 80 DHL managers from around the world who had assembled in Washington to confer on company public policy issues. He credited the express consignment industry with helping CBP to focus on risk segmentation and reducing transaction costs.
In his CBP update to the DHL leaders, Winkowski highlighted agency programs that "more closely align government processes with the way business does business," he said. "I call it the commercial reality-industry's continued transformation of how they manage their organizations. I want to make sure that CBP understands it and heads in that direction."
After outlining several CBP trade innovations, including the Centers of Excellence and Expertise and the Automated Commercial Environment, Winkowski joined the DHL leaders in showcasing CBP's Air Cargo Advance Screening, or ACAS, as "the perfect case study of how you create a system using partnership," said Winkowski.
Following the October 2010 discovery of a Yemeni-to-U.S. air package filled with explosives and rigged to detonate by cell phone, express consignment industry leaders joined with CBP and the Transportation Security Administration to devise ACAS, a system for prescreening shipment data before packages load on aircraft. The public-private partners developed ACAS in three months. Since its January 2011 deployment, the program has improved and expanded.
Winkowski shared the recognition for the inaugural DHL Public Policy Partnership Award in his closing thanks. "I learned a long time ago that when you come into my position" he said, "you're only as good as your staff. You need people to make it work right, and we have just a great staff at CBP."