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CBP Commissioner Bersin Steps Down

Monday, December 26, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin will resign from that position effective Dec. 30. Bersin was nominated in November 2009 and re-nominated in January 2011 but was never confirmed by the Senate, and his recess appointment by President Obama in March 2010 was due to expire Dec. 31. Deputy Commissioner and former head of the Border Patrol David Aguilar will serve as acting commissioner and Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Field Operations Thomas Winkowski will serve as acting deputy commissioner until a new commissioner is appointed.

Bersin called his tenure as commissioner “one of the most rewarding experiences of my public life” and highlighted a number of achievements, including streamlining the entry process for lawful trade and measurably strengthening border security. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also cited the “historic steps” CBP has taken to facilitate legal travel and trade under Bersin while adding that he was “instrumental in facilitating new international agreements and public-private partnerships.”

In related news, CBP announced Dec. 21 that Richard DiNucci has been named deputy assistant commissioner for the Office of International Trade. In that position he will oversee the daily operations of approximately 1,000 employees at headquarters and field locations, managing commercial enforcement and compliance operations and implementing CBP policy to ensure the facilitated clearance of compliant cargo. DiNucci’s 23-year career with CBP has included work on the framework for the World Customs Organization’s Kyoto Convention standardizing international customs clearance processes, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism and the importer security filing (10+2) rule.

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