Posted: 3/10/22

TAMIU TCBEED, TTI and CBTS Present 'Land Ports of the Future' Binational Workshop March 24 - 25


Dr. Daniel Covarrubias

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) will present a binational workshop designed to advance knowledge about land port function among government representatives, academics and private sector supply chain stakeholders Thursday - Friday, March 24 - 25 in the Student Center Ballroom.

The “Land Ports of the Future Workshop” will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 24 with a visit to the World Trade Bridge planned from 9 - 11:30 a.m. March 25. Site visit attendance is limited and requires preregistration.

The Workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is open through Monday, March 14.  To register, please visit:  https://events.tti.tamu.edu/conference/land-ports-of-the-future-workshop/registration/  

The Workshop is a joint effort between the TAMIU's Texas Center for Border Economic and Enterprise Development, (TAMIU TCBEED), the Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense Center of Excellence (CBTS), and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). It seeks to identify the studies and applied research that will advance land port functions and trade through people, programs, infrastructure, and technology.

"The Land Ports of the Future Workshop originated as a small idea between Matt Cochran, of CBTS, Juan Villa of TTI and myself, to bring our research centers together with public servants of different agencies to discuss potential research projects our centers could collaborate on," said Dr. Daniel Covarrubias, TAMIU TCBEED director, "It quickly grew into a top of the line event with highly knowledgeable speakers and the full support of our institutions as well as different government agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Texas Department of Transportation. Once again, TAMIU is at the forefront of promoting, and participating in supply chain, logistics and land ports research." 

Workshop presentation topics, among others, include "CBP Programs and Policy Aimed at Optimization of Secure and Efficient Land Port Trade - At the Border and Beyond," "Supply Chain Security in Latin America," "Overview of Land Port-Related Research and Programs," and "Logitechs: The Impact of Exponential Technologies on International Trade."

A full agenda link is available here: texascenter.tamiu.edu/pdf/AgendaLOF.pdf

"Public and private sector stakeholders as well as academics interested in this research should attend this workshop to listen to first-hand accounts from port authorities, users, and researchers on what the future of the U.S. – México land ports of entry looks like, and help shape it with us," Covarrubias said.

About the Organizers:

Since 1989, the TAMIU TCBEED has provided leadership, data analysis and visualizations, academic research, community engagement, and support to Texas border communities in their socio-economic development efforts, working with different sectors, including business, education, health care, public administration, energy, and the environment.

The Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense Center of Excellence produces research designed to support operations that improve the flow of goods while enhancing capacities to detect, assess, and respond to threats and hazards that could adversely impact the people, agriculture, and economies of nations.

For 70 years, the TTI has addressed complex transportation challenges and opportunities with innovation, objectivity, and unmatched technical expertise. TTI advises sponsors on efficiency, infrastructure, new technologies, and operational strategies to improve cross-border freight transportation.

For additional information, visit the TCBEED at texascenter.tamiu.edu, email Dr. Covarrubias at dcova@tamiu.edu, call 956.326.2520, or visit  TAMIU offices located in Anthony J. and Georgia A Pellegrino Hall, room 216.