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CBP Chief Discusses Canada-U.S. Border Trade & Security Issues

Posted September 22, 2016

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske will retire in December after just over two years on the job running the largest federal law enforcement agency and second largest revenue collecting source in the federal government.

Earlier this week, Kerlikowske sat down for a wide-ranging interview on CPAC TV’s “Prime Time Politics” program to talk about various cross-border issues and the challenges involved in striking a balance between ensuring security and facilitating trade.

When asked about the biggest legacy or accomplishment in working with Canada to ease trade, Kerlikowske’s unexpected response was that U.S. Customs now opens fewer trucks that are transporting cat litter.

“Cat litter is one of those things that sets off certain radiation monitors,” he said. “You can spend a lot of time looking at cat litter. So what we’ve done is to be able to change the algorithms in our system to reduce the number of times” those trucks are pulled over.