WASHINGTON — In an important next step in advancing U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Trade Transformation efforts, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, R. Gil Kerlikowske announced selections for two key trade positions within CBP – Ms. Brenda Smith for the Senior Executive Service position of Assistant Commissioner, Office of International Trade, and Mr. Richard F. DiNucci for Executive Director of Cargo Conveyance and Security, Office of Field Operations.
“I am pleased to make these selections as both Ms. Smith and Mr. DiNucci bring a wealth of experience and talent that I am confident will continue to advance CBP’s trade mission,” said CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. “The facilitation and security of the global supply chain is a crucial contributor to U.S. economic vitality.”
“Brenda is a results driven leader who has appropriately earned the respect of CBP leadership and private sector stakeholders,” said Carol Hallett, Counselor, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and former Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service. “Her position is critical to the trade mission of CBP, and we have tremendous confidence in her ability to lead on trade facilitation reforms that are needed at our borders and around the globe. As former Commissioner, I commend her promotion to Assistant Commissioner of Trade and look forward to all that she will accomplish for CBP and its stakeholders.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has direct responsibility for enhancing U.S. economic competitiveness. By reducing costs for industry and enforcing trade laws against counterfeit, unsafe, and fraudulently entered goods, CBP continues to enable legitimate trade, contribute to American economic prosperity, and protect against risks to public health and safety.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.