WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ) President Erik Autor released the following statement on behalf of the Foreign-Trade Zones stakeholder community expressing strong support for Senate Confirmation of Acting Commissioner, Kevin K. McAleenen, as the President’s nominee to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP):
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2017
NAFTZ Statement on Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan’s Nomination to Lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Dear Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Wyden:
The National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ) is writing on behalf of the foreign-trade zone (FTZ) community to offer our strong support for Acting Commissioner, Kevin K. McAleenen, as the President’s nominee to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Mr. McAleenan’s professional credentials are particularly impressive with his long tenure at CBP and extensive involvement in its dual-roles of trade enforcement and facilitation. This experience makes him eminently qualified for the position of commissioner.
Several members of the NAFTZ Board recently had the pleasure to meet with Mr. McAleenan and were struck by his deep level of technical expertise on issues impacting CBP and the trade, including the FTZ stakeholder community. He also understands and appreciates the importance of the U.S. FTZ program
as a tool to promote U.S.-based manufacturing and distribution operations, U.S. employment, investment in American communities, and exports, as well as its role in promoting security and compliance best practices among the trade.
The Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection is one of the key appointed positions in the administration of the nation’s trade laws and policy. The FTZ community works closely with CBP on a variety of regulatory and policy issues critical to the FTZ program that call for the sort of leadership and vision Mr. McAleenan can provide. Therefore, we urge the Finance Committee and full Senate to move expeditiously on Mr. McAleenan’s confirmation for this critical trade position.
About the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones
Now in its 31st year, The National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones is a trade association of more than 600 members representing public and private organizations involved in the foreign-trade zones program. NAFTZ is the primary voice of communities and industries that utilize the FTZ program, including zone grantees, operators and users.
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