Commissioner Alan Bersin of US Customs and Border Protection is implementing his promised outreach to the New England trade community. His newly appointed Senior Advisor for Trade and Public Engagement is Maria Luisa O'Connell, who has impressive credentials, particularly in the area of cross-border trade. Ms. O'Connell will be making her first official visit to New England to conduct one of the new national CBP Listening Sessions on Thursday, March 24 at 2:30PM as a part of the upcoming CONECT Northeast Trade & Transportation Conference, March 22 - 24, in Newport, Rhode Island.
The CBP Listening Session will be a unique opportunity for importers, customs brokers and others who are subject to CBP's regulation to question, comment upon, and make suggestions for CBP's present and future programs and initiatives. Ms. O'Connell will conduct these CBP Listening Sessions around the country, and is expected to bring the feedback of importers, customs brokers, and other trade people back to Washington DC for discussion with rule makers.
During the March 24 Listening Session, Ms. O'Connell will encourage participants to set forth what CBP is doing well, and what needs more work. Items up for discussion will include systems such as ACE and ISF, as well as security measures, penalties, staffing, and more. Commissioner Bersin wants direct input from the trade, and the CBP Listening Session on Thursday March 24 at the T & T in Newport presents a timely and effective opportunity for all those whose work is impacted by CBP to give input and direction to that agency.