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.
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.