Secure Trade Lanes & Next Gen Facilitation- COAC March 2021

The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee advises the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Treasury on commercial operations of Customs and Border Protection. The committee holds quarterly meetings to address rising topics and concerns in industry and government. Subcommittees provide recommendations and solutions in secure trade lanes, intelligent enforcement, next generation facilitation, and rapid response. Although COAC meetings are open to the public, CT Strategies aims to keep industry and government leaders in the know about the work being done to enhance trade facilitation and shape mutually benficial trade partnership programs. The next COAC meeting is set to take place on June 23rd 2021. 

Next Generation Facilitation Subcommittee

The Next Generation Facilitation Subcommittee is looking at innovative technologies to help modernize entry processes with findings from the University of Houston study, Addressing Cross Border E-Commerce Challenges. Additionally, an objective is to refine import documentation processes through further development of automated systems. Collaboration and review of current implementations between the working groups during the second quarter should bring about new developments in CBP’s modernization efforts. 

Emerging Technology

The Emerging Technology working group practical strategic approaches, solutions and recommendations in areas related to new and emerging technologies related to Trade
The Emerging Technology group reviewed the University of Houston study “Addressing Cross Border E-commerce Challenges with Emerging Technologies” which focuses on how CBP can redesign entry processes to ensure compliance, enhance product safety standards, and prevent importation of counterfeit goods. The study explores the potential for emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning to address challenges CBP and stakeholders face. The Emerging Technology group will be on hiatus during the next quarter.
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21st Century Customs Framework: Reimagined Entry

The Reimagined Entry group collaborated with 1USG to review future goals set to enable faster and more secure entry processes. During the second quarter, the group plans to clarify next steps in supporting CBP’s 21st century development. 

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1USG (One United States Government)

The 1USG working group has been established to collaborate with CBP on efforts between government agencies and industry stakeholder
The USG1 group had discussions focused on issues including global business identifier, Partner Government Agency (PGA) disclaim handbook, and PGA speakers providing updates on ACE implementations and other pilot programs. The group is working towards cultivating a fully paperless importation processes, but there is still a list of paper documents required by some PGA’s for imports.
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Previously inactive, the E-commerce group has begun regular meetings to discuss the regulatory framework for CBP’s vision in the E-Commerce environment.
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Secure Trade Lanes Subcommittee

The 15th Term of the COAC instituted a restructuring of the previous subcommittees to align more with CBP’s vision and priorities. Under the newly formed Secure Trade Lanes Subcommittee, a Trusted Trader Working Group was formulated. This working group has continued the work that was completed under the auspices of the former Trusted Trader Subcommittee.

Trusted Trader Working Group

The Trusted Trader group provides CBP with recommendations on Trusted Trader Programs and strategy for integrating Importer Self Assessment and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Program.
The Trusted Trader working group is working on the aspects of forced labor that impact the CTPAT Trade Compliance Program. CBP anticipates implementing new forced labor requirements in FY 2021. The latest task of the group focused on providing input for the transition of Importer Self Assessment into the CTPAT program. Additionally, the group was asked to develop a method of implementing forced labor requirements into the program in a way that provides measurable benefits for industry and government participants. Through out the quarter, the group collaborated with CTPAT Trade Compliance Branch to examine the Forced Labor White paper. They've worked to continue the development of forced labor requirements and additional mutual benefits for stakeholders involved.
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