Importers, customs brokers, and other trade stakeholders are praising President Trump's nomination earlier this month of Kevin K. McAleenan as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). McAleenan, who became acting commissioner when Trump took office in January, is the first in recent memory to come from within CBP's career ranks rather than from an outside law-enforcement agency. Industry observers expect an easy confirmation by the Senate.
International traders know McAleenan well. He previously served as deputy commissioner, CBP's most senior career position, comparable to a chief operating officer in private industry. He has also held such varied positions as acting assistant commissioner of CBP's Office of Field Operations and port director of Los Angeles International Airport. His lengthy career at CBP has included responsibilities in trade facilitation, border security, and antiterrorism operations.
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