U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) held its annual East Coast Trade Symposium in Baltimore, convening hundreds of representatives from the trade industry, CBP, and other government agencies for two days to discuss a variety of the latest international trade issues.
Day One consisted of high level discussions with panels of government and industry experts covering topics such as:
- Opportunities and challenges on the horizon for global trade, including automated processing, industry-government partnerships, harmonization of processes between border management authorities, and innovations in risk management.
- Impacts on global trade of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement and the proliferation of Authorized Economic Operator Programs around the world.
- Cooperation on trade issues between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
- Collaboration between CBP and the trade industry.
- Senior CBP leadership discussed various trade modernization initiatives such as the maturation of trade programs, partnerships with both the private sector and foreign border management authorities, technological advancements, and other efficiency-building practices being undertaken by the Agency.
Day Two consisted of multiple breakout sessions with U.S. government and industry representatives. Panel topics included:
- The U.S. ‘Single Window’ trade processing system, the Automated Commercial Environment.
- Improving Enforcement against trade violations through government-industry collaboration.
- The Development of CBP’s Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEES)
- The Future of Export processing by CBP and other U.S. government agencies.
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