Green Trade Innovation and Incentives Forum
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is excited to announce the Green Trade Innovation and Incentives Forum will take place on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 from 9:00 AM EDT to 5:00 PM EDT. The Forum will be hosted virtually and in-person at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Green Trade Innovation and Incentives Forum will be an opportunity for members of the trade industry, research and academic experts, non-governmental organizations, government interagency personnel, and other entities interested in Green Trade to share ideas related to the innovation and incentivization of clean and sustainable supply chains and trade decarbonization.
For more information regarding participation, instructions on how to register and to submit comments, view the event Federal Register Notice. Only registered individuals will be able to attend the event.
Public Comment Submission
CBP is collecting public comments to be shared and discussed during the forum, focusing on the following themes: Green Data as a Strategic Asset; Green Trade Incentives; and Green Trade-related Research and Innovation. In addition to submitting written comments to the docket, participants in the in-person and virtual components of the forum may also be selected for the opportunity to offer a public statement during the meeting. These oral comments are encouraged to stimulate discussion and knowledge sharing among the forum's participants.
Members of the public wishing to submit must do so by Monday, May 22, 2023, by using one of the methods described below. CBP expects to notify those individuals selected to offer comments during the meeting of their selection by Tuesday, June 20, 2023.
All comments—whether intended solely for the written docket or for oral presentation during the forum—must be submitted in writing according to the following instructions:
For those who wish to give a public statement in-person or virtually during the meeting, please send your comments to GreenTradeForum2023@cbp.dhs.gov and include the docket number USCBP–2023–0006 in the subject line of the message and provide the following information:--
- first and last name
- phone number
- email address
- name and type of organization
- identify the theme to which you wish to speak (each individual will be limited to one public statement on one theme)
- provide your comment
CBP will post your comment on the docket without personal information. If you wish to give a public statement in-person or virtually during the meeting, please do not send your comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal, as the identification information is required for CBP to contact you, and all comments sent to the portal will be posted without change. Please do not submit personal information to the Federal eRulemaking portal.
All comments submitted to the docket must include the words “Department of Homeland Security” and the docket number for this action: USCBP–2023–0006. Comments may be submitted by one (1) of the following methods:
- Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
- Email: GreenTradeForum2023@cbp.dhs.gov. Include the docket number USCBP–2023–0006 in the subject line of the message. CBP will post comments received by email on the docket without change.
- Docket: For access to the docket or to read background documents or comments, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal— http://www.regulations.gov —and search for Docket Number USCBP–2023–0006. To submit a comment, click the “Comment” button located on the top-left hand side of the docket page.
Themes for Public Comment
CBP is collecting public comments to be shared and discussed during the forum, focusing on the following themes: Green Data as a Strategic Asset; Green Trade Incentives; and Green Trade-related Research and Innovation. For more information regarding how to submit comments for consideration, please see the Federal Register Notice. Please note: the deadline to submit comments is Monday, May 22, 2023.
CBP and industry efforts to reach climate resilience and sustainability goals are anchored on improving decision-making through risk management and greater supply chain visibility. These efforts include not only exploring how to better utilize big data and predictive analytics to drive decision-making, but also the identification of operations-related data and other enterprise, supply chain, and logistics data that can be applied to optimize business efficiency and – by extension – sustainability.
Public Comment Questions
- What data have you found useful in greening your trade operations? To what data do you wish you had better access?
- What additional data could CBP potentially provide (in accordance with existing laws) that would most benefit your sustainable decision-making?
- What data or datasets would you like members of the international trade community to be aware of as they continue on their environmental sustainability journeys?
CBP seeks to develop facilitation benefits and other incentives to promote environmentally-friendly trade practices and supply chains.
Public Comment Questions
- What are some tangible benefits CBP could provide to trade entities to incentivize their transition to more sustainable trade practices?
- What are the key underlying principles that CBP should follow as we seek to harmonize global green standards?
- What are the major hurdles your organization faces now in pursuing greener practices?
CBP aims to promote the development and deployment of innovative, sustainable green trade practices and technology by public and private stakeholders to encourage environmentally conscious operations that are informed by cutting-edge research and are able to accommodate on-going changes in global trade.
Public Comment Questions
- What current opportunities do you see for research and innovation in green trade? How is your organization currently advancing research into green trade topics and/or pursuing innovative technology solutions with the potential to increase the sustainability of global trade flows?
- What specific environmental stewardship and sustainability gaps or issues do you see in the international trade community that could be addressed through investment in emerging technologies, and what are those technologies?
- What challenges do you face in bringing green trade innovation and technology solutions to market or incorporating them on an industry-wide scale?
Trade Sustainability Leadership Showcase
To highlight the various ways that industry members are currently leading in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve natural resources, and increase overall environmental sustainability within their operations, CBP will be hosting a Trade Sustainability Leadership Showcase during the Green Trade Innovation and Incentives Forum.
The Showcase will present an opportunity and platform for selected members of the international trade community to share their successes, best practices, challenges and lessons learned in greening their own operational processes and footprints, as well as discuss the ways they are working with supply chain and other business partners to reduce emissions, protect natural resources, and generate innovative solutions.
To submit a presentation proposal to be considered for inclusion in the Trade Sustainability Leadership Showcase, please follow the instructions in the Federal Register Notice. Please note: the deadline to submit presentation proposals for the Trade Sustainability Leadership Showcase is Monday, May 22, 2023.
Logistics and Administrative Information
The in-person event will be held at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA. Additional information regarding the location and venue will be shared following registration.
Virtual participation information will likewise be shared with individual registrants following registration.
Disclaimer: Please note that by registering for the Green Trade Innovation and Incentives Forum, you agree to enter an area where photography, filming, and recording may occur. Your registration constitutes your consent to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to such photography, filming and/or recording and to any use, in any and all media throughout the universe in perpetuity, of your appearance, voice and name for any purpose whatsoever in connection with this event without compensation.
Please note that registration deadline for the forum is 5:00 PM EDT, Tuesday, June 20, 2023 to attend the event virtually or in-person. You must be registered by the deadline. Only registered individuals will be able to attend the event.
For more information about CBP’s green initiatives and goals, please see the Green Trade Strategy Webpage.
For general inquiries regarding the Green Trade Innovation and Incentives Forum, please contact GreenTradeForum2023@cbp.dhs.gov.