PHARR, Texas – Each week, Pharr International Bridge holds a “virtual” town hall meeting for the international trade community.

The series is called BridgeConnect LIVE. Before the coronavirus pandemic struck, the Pharr International Bridge Board would hold the events once a month. 

Freddy Flores

Now, because of social distancing, the events are held via Facebook and held once a week. The series is called “The Effects of COVID-19.” 

Session 12 focused on the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, or CTPAT, a voluntary public-private sector partnership program. CTPAT members are considered to be of low risk by Customs and Border Protection. 

During Session 12, a Customs and Border Protection officer, Pedro Peña, explained how his agency works with the trade community to strengthen international supply chains and improve United States border security. 

Peña discussed the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism and the minimum security requirements to be a part of CTPAT. 

Part 12 was hosted by the Pharr Bridge Trade Liaison, Freddy Flores.

The session was conducted in Spanish.

Here is the Podcast:

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