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About the Author

Ben Bidwell — Director of U.S. Customs

Ben joined C.H. Robinson in 2004 and became a Licensed Customs House Broker in 2007. Ben has consulted and resolved a wide range of Customs disputes for clients involving classification, country of origin, marking violations, seizures, and protests and for products ranging from hospitality goods, automobile tires, apparel and textiles, toys, and other consumer retail goods. Ben is director of U.S. Customs and is located in C.H. Robinson’s Corporate Headquarters.

Government Affairs Update: Customs Policy

Government Affairs

I recently attended the annual Government Affairs Conference with the National Customs Broker and Freight Forwarders Association of America (NCBFFA) in Washington D.C. If you’re like me, Washington D.C. and regulatory policy can seem very distant when you’re in the middle of the country, so it’s always helpful to meet regulators and elected officials face to face. For me, the highlight of the trip was a speech from Mr. Allen Gina, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of International Trade in Customs and Border Protection (CBP). We attended the Customs Committee meeting with CBP hosted by the NCBFFA, and my group visited with staff in the House of Representatives and Senate. » Read More