A key Customs and Border Protection official instrumental in expanding the agency’s trusted trader programs and forging mutual recognition agreements has retired.
Daniel Baldwin, executive director of Cargo and Conveyance Security, left the post this week, the latest high-level CBP executive to leave his post in the last year. Al Gina, formely assistant commissioner for international trade, left the agency in September.
The exits come as some in the trade community fear the agency is losing personnel that understand the balance between security and trade facilitation and are willing to work with shippers and forwarders. The agency is set to gain this year its first politically appointed commissioner in more than two years, with the anticipated Senate confirmation of R. Gil Kerlikowske, the nation’s drug policy czar.
“We are grateful for (Baldwin’s) service, and his commitment to innovation and partnership with the trade community on a variety of initiatives that will continue to positively impact our trade processes and collaboration with the trade community for many years to come,” CBP said in a statement.
CBP’S Los Angeles Port Director Todd Hoffman will take on the role of Acting Executive Director for Cargo and Conveyance Security on Jan. 6. The agency said it was confident Hoffman will “build on ... trade security and facilitation initiatives as imperative elements to continued economic growth.”