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Customs and Border Protection

(Inside U.S. Trade)
June 12, 2009

In its first formal update on the controversial mandate to scan all containers coming to U.S. ports, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) under the Obama administration has told Congress that it will pursue a "risk-based" strategy to scanning in selected ports since 100 percent scanning has "significant" operational costs, frequent technical problems and faces resistance from foreign governments.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
June 05, 2009

U.S. importers want the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to further weaken its already watered-down "10-plus-two" maritime cargo security rule, which requires them to provide more information about the content of a shipment to help assess its potential security threat, according to public comments submitted on the interim final rule.

(Text Document)
June 01, 2009

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 29, 2009

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials hope to sign mutual recognition agreements next month with Japan and Singapore of the U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program and similar cargo security programs in those countries, a CBP official said this week.

(File Document)
May 29, 2009

(Text Document)
May 28, 2009

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 15, 2009

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has signed off on a "risk-based deployment strategy" that will likely delay by at least two years the scanning of 100 percent of U.S-bound container cargo, originally mandated by Congress to begin by 2012, according to an internal memo obtained by Inside U.S. Trade.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 15, 2009

Despite political pressure to increase investigations of financial fraud, the Justice Department under the Obama administration is unlikely to shift resources away from Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement, which has been increasing in intensity over the past two years, according to private-sector sources.

(Text Document)
April 10, 2009

(Inside U.S. Trade)
April 03, 2009

The U.S. interagency body responsible for implementing new import requirements aimed at curbing illegal logging late last week announced another delay before the U.S. government will implement the requirements. The move puts off until May 1 enforcement of part of the 2008 farm bill amending the Lacey Act to require an import declaration for certain wood products.

(Daily News)
February 26, 2009

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified this week that a legislative mandate to scan all U.S.-bound container cargo in foreign ports is unlikely to be implemented by the 2012 deadline because it would be difficult to craft agreements with foreign governments setting up the scanning programs within their ports.


(Text Document)
February 26, 2009

(Daily News)
February 25, 2009

Outgoing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Ralph Basham this week said that further efforts by business groups to weaken the so-called “10-plus-two” rule providing critical information about imports could hinder the risk-based approach to maritime security he has advocated and that incoming Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also signaled she will consider.


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