Border Trade Alliance board member and Ryder Supply Chain Solutions Director of International Customer Logistics Miguel Perez has been appointed to the Department of Homeland Security’s Airport and Seaport Inspections User Fee Advisory Committee.

The committee is charged with advising the DHS secretary on issues relating to the performance of user fees in immigration and agriculture and customs inspections.

“We are proud that DHS has sought the input of the Border Trade Alliance on this important subject and we are very appreciative of Miguel and Ryder providing the time and insight that will help guide the committee’s work,” Border Trade Alliance Chairman Jesse Hereford said.

The subject of user fees is a hot topic in international trade, as governments and industry attempt to balance the need to generate revenue for interdiction and facilitation services without making the trade environment uncompetitive due to onerous fees and red tape.

“I look forward to participating in the committee and providing the unique perspective of delivering logistics service along the U.S.-Mexico border,” Perez said. “Industry understands that government trade services cost money, but in order for the North American marketplace to remain competitive, we must ensure that user fees are transparent, predictable and tied directly to a particular service where results can be reliably measured. I believe the professionals participating in this committee will provide a valuable insider’s view of international logistics.”