In the May 14 edition of the Federal Register, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the next meeting of the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) would be held on Thursday, May 30, in Laredo, Texas. This meeting will be open to the public for both in person and by webinar.
The agenda for the meeting was also announced. COAC subcommittees will review, deliberate, provide observations and formulate recommendations on the following topics:
· The Next Generation Facilitation Subcommittee will provide an update on the status of the Emerging Technologies Working Group's use of blockchain to address challenges faced by both the government and the trade in today's complex commercial environment. The discussion will highlight the Intellectual Property Rights Blockchain Proof of Concept Project as well as discuss other upcoming projects, including a day-long event that will solicit additional ideas for blockchain concepts that could be tested in the future. Finally, the subcommittee will provide recommendations regarding blockchain proofs of concept.
· The Secure Trade Lanes Subcommittee will present a summary of the activities of the Trusted Trader Working Group including results of the May 8th and 9th face-to-face meeting with Trusted Trader Pilot participants. The subcommittee will deliver an update on the progress of the In-Bond Working Group's recommendation for the enhancement of the CBP In-bond program, the development of in-bond regulations, and enhancements to existing in-bond guidelines. The subcommittee will deliver an update on the launch of the new Export Modernization Working Group which will be developing recommendations for CBP's expansion of current export pilots, regulatory changes that will mandate the use of electronic export manifest, and the expansion of post departure filing to new participants.
· The Intelligent Enforcement Subcommittee will report on the work that has been conducted by the Intellectual Property Rights, Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty, and Bond Working Groups.
· The Rapid Response Subcommittee will provide an update on its collaboration with CBP on furthering the strategic approach to the 21st Century Customs Framework.
If you would like to attend this event, you have until 5:00 p.m. on May 29 to register.To register for the webinar, please see here.