Senate Approves McAleenan’s Nomination

December 20, 2017

The Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously to approve Acting Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Kevin McAleenan’s nomination to serve as CBP Commissioner. McAleenan now only needs the full Senate to vote and approve his nomination to move into the full role.

Last summer, the Acting Commissioner delivered a keynote speech at the 96th Annual AAEI Conference and Expo.

During his address to the conference attendees, 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.


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