McAleenan Sworn In as CBP Commissioner

April 17, 2018

Kevin K. McAleenan was sworn in on March 20, 2018, as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Prior to his confirmation, Mr. McAleenan served as the Acting Commissioner since January 20, 2017. 

The Senate confirmed the Commissioner’s nomination after Finance Committee voted unanimously to approve it in December. 

Last summer, the Acting Commissioner delivered a keynote speech at the 96th Annual AAEI Conference and Expo and the Commissioner has been invited to speak at the 2018 AAEI Annual Conference.

During his address to the conference attendees last year, Mr. McAleenan noted the following points:

  • CBP has heard the “drawback vigilantes” loud and clear of the importance of programming drawback as part of “core” ACE, and noted the July 8th date for ACE deployment on collections and statements, reconciliation, drawback, duty deferral and liquidation.
  • Trade Facilitation and Enforcement: CBP will release its e-commerce strategy as it is projected that e-commerce will account for $4 trillion in trade by 2020.  CBP plans on providing a central repository of information for e-commerce companies to comply with trade laws.  McAleenan noted a number of provisions under TFTEA which still need to be implemented.

To highlight CBP’s challenge with e-commerce, Mr. McAleenan noted that CBP collaborated with PGAs on “Operation Mailflex” over a five (5) day period.  CBP found a 43% non-compliance rate among the packages inspected.  Moreover, it found over 800 Intellectual Property Rights violations, and he noted that 90% of the IPR violations that CBP finds are in the air environment.

  • Collaboration with Trade: CBP continues to strive to be a transparent organization and work with the trade community.

This year’s AAEI annual conference will be held June 6-8, 2018 in Baltimore at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.