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Customs and Border Protection

(Daily News)
October 31, 2008

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Ralph Basham today (Oct. 31) said there may not be one clear definition for the cargo security approach CBP is favoring over 100 percent container scanning, and that it may instead be shifting in response to outside events.

(Daily News)
June 24, 2008

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Ralph Basham today (June 24) told the Senate Finance Committee CBP is shelving its proposal to eliminate the “first-sale rule” for customs valuation until at least January 2011, abiding by a sense of Congress provision in the newly enacted 2007 farm bill urging this delay.

(Daily News)
December 22, 2006

The Department of Homeland Security on Dec. 7 announced that it has selected six foreign ports in which to implement technology to scan containers bound for the U.S. for nuclear and radiological materials. This goes beyond the scanning programs called for by section 558 of the Safe Port Act, which called for three pilot scanning programs in foreign ports.

(Daily News)
July 25, 2006

Three House committees have reached a compromise on legislation reforming the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), which Senate aides and business sources said would allow the House to move forward with a vote tomorrow (July 26). These sources said the CFIUS bill would be considered under a rule that would not allow it to be amended.

(Daily News)
December 23, 2004

U.S. importers are criticizing changes that U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) has proposed to a program called the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT), claiming that the changes signal CBP is changing a voluntary program into one a mandatory one with more rigorous steps importers and others in the supply chain must follow in order to ensure trade security.