U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske lauded CBP’s trade transformation and industry collaboration at a recent meeting of the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee, or COAC, in Boston.
The July 27 meeting covered trade enforcement; intellectual property rights; antidumping and countervailing duties; the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program; the Automated Commercial Environment cargo processing system, or ACE; and the Single Window concept.
“CBP’s commitment to more efficient processing through initiatives such as the Centers of Excellence and Expertise, ACE, and Single Window filing translates to lower costs for industry stakeholders and the strengthening of regional, national and international economies,” said Commissioner Kerlikowske.
The Commissioner and COAC leadership also announced the creation of a new working group focused on improving CBP’s enforcement of the prohibition of imported goods that have been mined, produced or manufactured by forced labor. Following the Trade Enforcement and Trade Facilitation Act’s repeal of the “consumptive demand” loophole, CBP has been partnering with industry and civil society organizations to better target these products and prevent their importation into the U.S. This new working group will focus on developing supply chain integrity standards and enforcement tools for CBP and the private sector alike.
Commissioner Kerlikowske co-chaired the meeting with Timothy Skud, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s deputy assistant secretary of tax, trade, and tariff policy. More than 135 attendees heard updates on trade programs and COAC subcommittee work.
COAC is a 20-member advisory committee that Congress established in 1987. The committee provides advice and recommendations to CBP and the Department of the Treasury on CBP commercial operations and interdepartmental trade functions.
The group’s focus includes enhanced border and supply chain security, international efforts to harmonize customs practices and procedures, import safety, compliance, and modernization, and automation processes to facilitate 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.