Sandler Travis Firms Welcome Back Former Senior Customs Official Doug Browning
Leading international trade law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. and its related global trade compliance management company STTAS welcome former Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Douglas Browning back to the firms, where he will serve as Of Counsel to ST&R and Executive Vice President to STTAS.
“STTAS & ST&R are extremely pleased to welcome Doug back,” says ST&R Managing Partner and STTAS CEO Tom Travis. “Doug brings decades of global customs and trade experience in both the public and private sectors. He most recently led GM’s global customs operations, where he had responsibility for ensuring trade compliance for the company’s exports and imports around the world. Doug’s background and experience fit perfectly with the direction we are taking with our global trade compliance services and the new worldwide global trade paradigm.”
As global customs director for General Motors Corporation, Browning led a team of 155 customs professionals, 31 country managers and four regional directors responsible for ensuring that GM vehicles, parts and materials were globally entered in a timely, compliant and cost-effective manner. Before joining GM he was Senior Vice President of Global Customs Modernization and Border Security at STTAS and Of Counsel to ST&R.
Browning’s distinguished career with U.S. Customs began in 1976, when he joined the agency as an attorney with the Office of Regulations and Rulings. He rose through the ranks to become assistant commissioner for international affairs and assistant commissioner for the Office of Regulations and Rulings during the time that Customs was developing the CROSS system.
Browning was ultimately named deputy commissioner, where he was instrumental in ushering in a new era of modernization and security protocols. He was the senior U.S. Customs official charged with overseeing the team that implemented the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program immediately following the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. As the official in charge of articulating U.S. security policies to high-ranking customs officials around the world, he was instrumental in overseeing the development of the basic supply chain security protocols used today by many governments across the globe.