CBP's 2011 Trade Symposium came to a close today with another full schedule of events, including a keynote address by CBP Commissioner Alan D. Bersin, a town hall meeting to discuss smarter and safer borders and a program about collaborative supply chain security. (Video: Commissioner Tells Trade Symposium 'We Cannot Be Strong without Being Economically Strong')
At the program "Enhancing Air Cargo Security after Yemen," the panelists discussed the impact of the 2010 terrorist attacks using packages from Yemen.
Following the Yemen incidents in October, CBP, TSA and the air cargo industry engaged in constructive dialogue which ultimately led to a greater emphasis being placed on pre-departure data but was aligned within existing air cargo business models.
"Yemen had an immediate impact in the air cargo environment and permanently changed the way the industry does business," said Michael Mullen, executive director, Express Association of America.
Since the Yemen events, CBP, TSA and the air cargo community have worked together to establish new practices that allow air cargo information to be transferred to CBP much earlier than before. Where often CBP didn't receive pertinent air cargo manifest information until shortly before it arrived at U.S. airports, under the new conditions, which was initially instituted for air cargo originating from 28 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, CBP now has access to air cargo information much earlier - in some cases 30-70 hours prior to the cargo arriving in the U.S. (Trade Symposium 2011)
Thursday also featured a general session on CBP's new management by account pilot and several breakout sessions on international partnership programs, the Automated Commercial Environment, role of the broker, in-bond process and others.
The day and symposium ended with the final town hall session on creating a smarter and safer border, featuring six senior CBP officials and all attendees. (CBP Trade Symposium 2011 Launches)
- Jason McCammack, Office of Public Affairs
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.