Richard DiNucci

Senior International Trade Advisor

Richard DiNucci is an adept leader and skilled strategist who leverages his experience with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to advise clients on issues related to international trade and customs. Richard most recently served as director of field operations in San Francisco, where he managed operations in six states and two U.S. territories carried out by more than 1,700 employees. He previously served as the area port director for both San Francisco and Newark/New York, overseeing immigration and cargo operations at the associated airports and seaports.

Richard played an integral role in the creation of pivotal CBP policies and programs. As the deputy assistant commissioner in the Office of International Trade, he initiated the formation of the Centers of Excellence and Expertise and managed CBP’s post-entry compliance programs, audits, and broker compliance efforts. Earlier in his tenure, he was appointed director of border targeting and security. In this role, he oversaw CBP’s Automated Targeting System and initiated the Importer Security Filing (ISF) requirement designed to refine CBP’s cargo security efforts. He led the ISF effort from its inception as a proposed rule to its final implementation as a full-fledged operational program. In 2008, Richard was named director of the Secure Freight Initiative (SFI), overseeing the Safe Port Act requirement for the scanning of all cargo containers bound for the United States. He oversaw operations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Central America.

In the early stages of his career, Richard was assigned to the U.S. Customs Headquarters Office of International Affairs, where he served as a program manager overseeing customs cooperative work at the Customs Cooperation Council (now the World Customs Organization) in Brussels.  Richard worked on commercial cargo issues and customs enforcement matters in Brussels and was the original U.S. representative presenting the first draft of the revised Kyoto Convention on Customs Clearance Procedures.

In the aftermath of 9/11, Richard was assigned to the original team that created the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program, a voluntary security program focused on improving the security of private companies' supply chains. In addition to working on the first security criteria for C-TPAT partners, he drafted and secured Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approval of the original position description for the supply chain specialist, a position that is the cornerstone of C-TPAT.


Government Experience

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    • Director of Field Operations, San Francisco
    • Area Port Director, San Francisco
    • Area Port Director, Newark/New York
    • Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations
    • Acting Assistant Commissioner, Office of International Trade
    • Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of International Trade
    • Director, Secure Freight Initiative
    • Director, Border Targeting and Security
    • Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs
    • Cargo Programs Manager, Customs Management Center, Baltimore, Maryland
    • Program Manager, U.S. Customs Headquarters Office of International Affairs
    • Program Manager, Commercial Operations Division and Inspection and Control Division, Port of Baltimore
  • Customs and Border Protection Liaison, Department of Homeland Border and Transportation Security Directorate




  • B.A. magna cum laude University of Colorado at Boulder 1987

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Graduate, Program for Senior Government Executives, Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education


  • Department of Homeland Security, Secretary’s Award, 2012
  • Customs and Border Protection, Commissioner’s Award, 2011, 2012