Pete Mento specializes in the elimination, recovery, and minimization of duties associated with importing and exporting. He also assists companies with import and export trade compliance, audit defense, and cargo security programs. Pete, a customs house broker, foreign relations expert, and trade academic, is one of the world’s leading experts on international trade policy and supply chain security. He is considered one of the most insightful and connected trade professionals in the world.
Pete has served as Partner and Practice Leader for the Customs Practices of tax firms Ryan, KPMG, and Crowe. He has also run the global customs operations and consultancies for major freight forwarding firms such as Expeditors, C.H. Robinson and Crane Worldwide. Pete now consults private firms and transportation companies in the development, marketing, and innovation of customs, regulatory and global trade products, secured transportation offerings, trade consultancy, integrated managed services, and software solutions.
Pete received his ALM in Government (Trade Theory Focus) from Harvard University and did his undergraduate work at Maine Maritime Academy, where he served five consecutive terms as a member of the advisory board. A Trade Academic who has written many articles and work papers on Trade Theory and Trade Practices, his Ph.D. studies at the University of Durham in the United Kingdom in Trade Law focused on the role programs like C-TPAT and AEO had on the global economy.
Pete is a highly sought-after speaker for events all over the world. A former professional standup comedian, he has conducted sold-out lectures to tens of thousands of people in every imaginable venue – from university lecture halls to night clubs. His style of mixing economics, history, and humor is always a welcome change for his clients and students. His Trade School webinar series has become the standard for staying up to date on issues of global commerce, and his podcast “Trade Geek” boasts over 10,000 subscribers.
He is the most unlikely trade nerd you will ever meet.