Border Interagency Executive Council Promotes Interagency Partnerships
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commisioner David V. Aguilar today participated in the Border Interagency Executive Council. Border Interagency Executive Council Senior Executives from 10 agencies met on September 21, to discuss key interagency collaboration issues including the federal government's efforts to transform the trade process, ongoing efforts across federal agencies to partner with the trade, and the use of automation to streamline the international trade clearance process.
The Border Interagency Executive Council provides agencies with border authority with a high-level forum to resolve issues pertaining to interagency collaboration. Effective, integrated government actions at the border streamline the import process, facilitating trade for low-risk shipments while allowing government resources to focus on high-risk shipments.
A cornerstone of this effort is improved information sharing; by providing a framework for exchanging of information while protecting the information from unauthorized disclosure. A key vehicle for exchanging information is the "single window" vision that would provide all parties involved in trade and transport access to standardized information and documents with a single entry point to fulfill all import, export, and transit-related regulatory requirements. Discussions during the September 21 meeting highlighted CBP's efforts in this area and identified the varying ways the other government agencies are included in the efforts toward a "single window."
During the event, agency heads worked to develop a "one U.S. government" approach to partnerships with the trade. Trusted trader programs provide incentives to importers who have the internal controls necessary to ensure a high-level of compliance with trade laws. By working cooperatively with its federal partners to jointly implement and monitor these programs, CBP expects to reduce the universe of shipments that require inspection or review at the border.
A key underpinning to the "one U.S. government" approach is to move from paper to electronic filings required for commodities regulated by each agency in a central location. Early electronic filings by trade can significantly shorten agency review time and provide an initial indication if certain requirements are met. These electronic filings are key to better facilitating movement of legitimate goods, and minimizing reporting burdens for trade.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.