Passport App to Expedite Arrival of International Travelers at LAX

LOS ANGELES — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) announced today the expansion of Mobile Passport Control (MPC) to LAX. With the addition of LAX, Mobile Passport Control is now available to U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors arriving at 23 major international airports. The Mobile Passport app has been downloaded 1 million times over the last two years.

Mobile Passport is the first authorized app to expedite a traveler’s arrival into the United States. Eligible travelers may voluntarily submit their passport information and answers to inspection-related questions to CBP via a smartphone or tablet app prior to arrival. Android and iPhone users can download the Mobile Passport app for free from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

“CBP is committed to improving the international travel experience by offering new and innovative technology to streamline the arrival process,” said Carlos C. Martel, CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles. “Through our partnership with Los Angeles World Airports, travelers arriving at LAX will have another processing option to use that has been proven to reduce wait times without compromising our important border security mission.”

MPC currently offers U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors a more efficient in-person inspection between the CBP officer and the traveler upon arrival in the United States. Much like Automated Passport Control (APC) the app does not require pre-approval and is free to use. Travelers who successfully use the app will no longer have to complete a paper form or use an APC kiosk. As a result, travelers will experience shorter wait times, less congestion and faster processing.

“At Los Angeles World Airports, one of our strategic goals is to innovate for security, efficiency, and effectiveness, and the Mobile Passport Control app is a prime example of how we do this,” said Aura Moore, LAWA Deputy Executive Director and Chief Information Officer. “The introduction of the MPC app at LAX is another milestone in our work to enhance the guest experience and deliver a gold-standard airport, without compromising on safety or security. And thanks to the twelve new Wi-Fi access points we’ve installed in the customs area, travelers can be assured the infrastructure is in place to support this new tool.”

The process is efficient and secure, the information and answers to inspection-related questions are submitted directly to CBP via secure encryption protocols. The App streamlines the traveler inspection process and enables CBP officers to focus more on the inspection and less on administrative functions.

Information about Mobile Passport Control, including how to download the app, user eligibility and other frequently asked questions, is available on CBP.gov.
CBP’s website offers rules and tips for clearing CBP inspection during travel to and from the United States.

By CBP: September 21, 2017

LA, Long Beach Ports’ Zero Emission Plan to Cost Up to USD 14 Bn

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have set out aggressive near-term and long-term strategies to cut harmful air pollution from all port-related sources to ultimately achieve zero emissions for trucks and terminal equipment.

In a draft document titled 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update the ports revealed detailed steps to be undertaken.

“These ports are going where no port has gone before,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.

“Based on what we’ve already accomplished to promote healthy, robust trade through our gateway, we’re ready to make history again, looking at a new array of technologies and strategies to further lower port-related emissions in the decades ahead.”

According to a preliminary analysis the cost of implementing the 2017 CAAP rages between USD 7 billion and USD 14 billion. Given the magnitude of the investment, the draft plan calls for the ports to intensify their funding advocacy and increase collaboration with their partners to finance the new strategies.

The ports claim that the draft 2017 CAAP ushers in a new era of clean air strategies that seek to reduce harmful emissions from port-related sources: ships, trucks, cargo handling equipment, locomotives and harbor craft.

Furthermore, the document is said to be in line with local, regional, state and federal standards and regulations, and anticipates clean air regulations under development by the California Air Resources Board.

The 2017 CAAP sets new clean air goals focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. The plan carries over previous 2023 targets for cutting other primary pollutants aimed at reducing diesel particulate matter (DPM) 77 percent, sulfur oxides (SOx) 93 percent, and nitrogen oxides (NOx) 59 percent below 2005 levels.

The most recent emissions inventories show the ports have surpassed the 2023 DPM and SOx reduction targets and are within striking range of the NOx target. The 2017 CAAP identifies the tougher measures needed to ratchet down harmful emissions to zero or near-zero levels, the statement further adds.

The document’s release kicks off a public review and comment period that extends through Sept. 18.

The Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach handle approximately 40 percent of the nation’s total containerized import traffic and 25 percent of its total exports.

By – World Maritime News

Secretary Chao Joins President Trump for Roads, Rails, and Regulatory Relief Event

WASHINGTON – Friday, June 9, Surrounded by hundreds of infrastructure workers and stakeholders, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao joined President Donald J. Trump in the closing event of ‘Infrastructure Week’ at Department Headquarters in Washington. Secretary Chao announced the Department has published a federal register notice seeking public input in order to identify and reduce unnecessary regulatory obstacles that too often stand in the way of completing important infrastructure projects across the nation.

“We are so fortunate because this President is a builder, he understands the challenges facing our country’s infrastructure better than any national leader in recent memory,” said Secretary Chao. “The Department has published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting comments from the public and all stakeholders on ways to improve government permitting; if you have any ideas, we want to hear from you!”

“The current process takes far too long,” said Secretary Chao. “Today, and all week, we have heard many recommendations from governors, mayors and other state officials who actually build things. A special DOT Task Force has already acted on what we’ve been hearing and identified dozens of ways to streamline the process.”

U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Jeff Rosen chairs the Department’s Regulatory Reform Task Force, formed earlier this year in accordance with President Trump’s Executive Order 13777, which directs each agency to establish an RRTF to make recommendations to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens.

“This is part of a greater focus by the Administration to remain responsive to the needs of the public and industry, rather than pushing a ‘top down, government knows best’ approach to regulation,” said Deputy Secretary Rosen. “We expect this process will help us uncover ways to assist in better deploying infrastructure – ways we hadn’t even thought of.”

DOT is requesting input because public and private project sponsors, engineering and construction professionals, related industry organizations, and other transportation stakeholders are likely to have valuable direct experience with the Department’s requirements. That experience supplements the Department’s employees’ expertise and may help identify when a requirement has become an unnecessary obstacle.

The comment period will be open for 45 days at this link[external link]. All comments will be available in the public docket and available for public review. The Department has made engaging the public, especially affected stakeholders, a top priority.

Trump Cabinet secretaries to be at Milken conference in Beverly Hills

BEVERLY HILLS – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will be among four Cabinet members scheduled to participate today in the 20th annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills.

More than 3,500 people from 50 nations are set to attend the conference, which features sessions with major investors, CEOs, senior government officials, scientists, educators and philanthropists. The conference’s theme is “Building Meaningful Lives.”

Fox Business Channel anchor Maria Bartiromo’s interview of Mnuchin will be livestreamed at livestream.com/milkeninstitute/events/7287448 beginning at 7:45 a.m.

Mnuchin will then participate in a panel discussion examining the surprise outcomes of elections around the world and their influence on markets. Other panelists include Goldman Sachs President and Co-Chief Operating Officer David M. Solomon and World Bank Vice President and Treasurer Arunma Oteh.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will be part of a panel discussion titled “The Coming U.S. Infrastructure Boom,” with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe among the other panelists.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross Jr. will field questions at lunch from USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Dean Willow Bay and David Rubenstein, a co-founder and co-CEO of the global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will be part of a panel discussion on education with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Education Secretary William Bennett and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.

Today’s other panels include “Not Working: Solutions to America’ Underemployment Crisis,” with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Rev. Greg Boyle, the founder and executive director of the Los Angeles-based job training program Homeboy Industries; and “Populism: Passing Fad or New Political Era?” moderated by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The conference continues through Wednesday.

2017 North America International Auto Show (NAIAS)


JANUARY 8 – 22, 2017
Cobo Center
1 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226

Last January, the 2016 NAIAS featured 61 vehicle introductions, a majority of which were worldwide debuts. News coming out of NAIAS is heard across the globe as more than 5,000 journalists from 60 different countries annually attend to cover the latest and greatest happenings our industry has to offer.

With the integration of AutoMobili-D, the 2017 NAIAS will serve as the world’s leading showcase of vehicles and technologies aimed at defining how people across the globe experience mobility.

NAIAS is unmatched in the industry in presenting six unique shows in one, including: The Gallery, an ultra-luxury automotive event, AutoMobili-D, an inside look at future mobility platforms, Press Preview, Industry Preview, Charity Preview and all concluding with a nine-day Public Show.

THE GALLERY – JANUARY 7, 2017

2017 marks the tenth year of the ultra-luxury automotive event, The Gallery. This event has now become the official kick-off to the North American International Auto Show. Once again, the event is hosted at the luxurious MGM Grand Detroit where a strolling dinner will be served by world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck in the Ignite Lounge. Guests will then have the opportunity to stroll through the MGM Grand Ballroom and experience a nearly $7 million collection of the most amazing automobiles the world has to offer, including brands such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Rolls Royce. In addition, executives and designers responsible for the creation of these products will be on hand to discuss the brands.

AUTOMOBILI-D – JANUARY 8-12, 2017

Automobili-D is a dedicated exposition focused on the rapidly evolving global automotive and mobility landscape.

Spearheaded by NAIAS, AutoMobili-D will run in conjunction with the 2017 auto show and will feature more than 100 companies, including automakers, tier one suppliers and tech startups. AutoMobili-D will kick-off on Sunday, January 8, 2017, the day prior to the start of NAIAS Press Days (Jan. 9-10), and will run through NAIAS Industry Days (Jan. 11-12). A very prominent industry thought leader will keynote Sunday’s opening ceremony following an open house that will allow guests to network with peers and participating companies as well as interact with the technologies and vehicles on display. NAIAS will dedicate specific press conference slots for participating AutoMobili-D companies on the afternoons of both Press Days.

Planet M Hall will be open:

Sunday, January 8, 2017
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday, January 9, 2017
11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m,
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dates and Times
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Noon – 9 p.m.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

PUBLIC SHOW – JANUARY 14-22, 2017
Experience an automotive event unlike any other. At NAIAS you have the opportunity to see up-close the vehicles and technologies that will shape the future automotive landscape. From muscle and electric cars, to high-performance supercars and full-size trucks, NAIAS has something for everyone to enjoy.

2017 The International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE)

Tuesday, March 7 – Friday, March 10
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Convention Center
Exhibits 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 11
Exhibits 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
* Times are Pacific Standard Time (PST).

The International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE) returns every three years to showcase the latest innovations and expertise in the fluid power, power transmission and motion control industries.

Attendance by Job Title

Las Vegas welcomes IFPE 2017 to the Las Vegas Convention Center, March 7-11, 2017. No other show brings as many sectors of the fluid power, power transmission and motion control industries together in one place. IFPE is co-located with CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, the largest international gathering place for the construction industries.

Who Exhibits

You’ll have access to the latest products and innovations from over 450 exhibitors. IFPE 2017 features product concentration areas, making it easy for attendees to locate specific products, services and exhibitors of interest. Exhibitor product categories include:

Attendee Primary Interest

  • Electrical & Mechanical Power Transmission 
  • Industrial Hydraulics
  • Mobile Hydraulics
  • Water Hydraulics
  • Pneumatics

Who Attends

From suppliers to service providers, engineers and manufacturers, IFPE brings fluid power professionals from across all disciplines. No other show’s attendees represent more sectors of the fluid power industry than IFPE.

  • Aerospace/Defense
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Amusement Machinery
  • Automotive Mfg./Supplier
  • Chemical & Petroleum Processing
  • Construction/Mining/Logging
  • Distribution
  • Electrical Machinery
  • Engineering Services
  • Factory Automation
  • Fluid Power Products
  • Industrial Truck Tractor & Stacker
  • Instruments, Controls
  • Machine Tools
  • Material Handling
  • Metal Processing
  • Off-Highway Vehicles
  • On-Highway Vehicles (not autos)
  • Plastics/Rubber Working Machinery
  • Power Transmission

U.S.-CHINA TOURISM YEAR 2016

Kelly Craighead is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Travel and Tourism and Executive Director for the National Travel and Tourism Office.

Not only an important trading partner, China is a critically important travel and tourism market for the United States. It plays an enormous role in our ability to reach the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Travel and Tourism Strategy’s goal of welcoming 100 million international visitors annually to the United States by 2021.

Travel from China to the United States continues to show double-digit growth, with 2.6 million Chinese travelers visiting the United States in 2015 – an 18 percent growth over the previous year. Last year, these visitors spent a record $30.1 billion experiencing the United States, positioning China as the United States’ top spending market abroad in terms of travel and tourism exports.

According to the October 2016 National Travel and Tourism Office Forecast for International Travelers, more than 5 million Chinese travelers are expected to visit the United States by 2021 – which would make China the top overseas visitation market.
Recognizing the importance of travel and tourism between the two nations, President Obama and President Xi proclaimed 2016 as the U.S.-China Tourism Year (Tourism Year). The Tourism Year was initiated as an opportunity for both countries to review policies, processes and product offerings to ensure that Chinese visitors to the United States are met with an enjoyable travel experience.

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker gave remarks at the U.S.-China Tourism Year closing event. “The Tourism Year was initiated as an opportunity for our countries to take a look at our policies, processes and product offerings to ensure that we can provide Chinese visitors with an enjoyable travel experience,” Pritzker explained

To make the United States a more welcoming destination for Chinese visitors, U.S. Travel and Tourism industry leaders used the Tourism Year to encourage the industry to become “prepared for China.”.

The Department of Commerce had three overarching goals for the Tourism Year:
To provide outreach to the entire nation about the importance of being prepared for Chinese visitors in order to be a competitive destination;

To successfully execute a small number of “signature events;” and

To work closely with industry and across the federal government to encourage efforts to create an enjoyable experience for Chinese visitors from beginning to end.

Signature events completed during the year included the February opening event hosted by Brand USA in Beijing; the 1,000 U.S. visitors to the Great Wall event in March; the China-U.S. Tourism Leadership Summit in September, held in Ningxia; and the closing event held in Washington, D.C. in November.
Here are just a couple of the achievements during this year:

Federal agencies developed new travel itineraries for destinations and activities that speak directly to Chinese interests, including thematic itineraries such as national parks and the great outdoors.

Commercial Service produced a China Travel Resource Guide for use by the U.S. travel and tourism industry interested in Chinese visitation.

The National Park Service is ensuring that Chinese visitors have access to in-language materials and web information at the most visited National Parks.

The State Department maintained progress on visa processing and kept wait times down to less than five days, despite the more than 50 percent increase in applications since the extension of visa validity.

Commerce will continue to work with industry to determine how the government can assist with market access issues in China, and we will continue to push for policy issues to be resolved, including: 1) ensuring there are ample air services to cater to the increasing demand for Chinese travel to the United States; 2) working to open the sale of outbound travel in China to U.S. companies; and 3) ensuring the ability of foreign global distribution services platforms to operate in China.

As our two populations more clearly understand the ties that bind our nations, this will create a multiplier effect for governmental and business ties, and maximize the potential of the most consequential relationship in the world. Deepening those people-to-people ties fundamentally requires travel and tourism, which is why the Tourism Year was so critical.