Recap from March 6th COAC Meeting

The US Advisory Committee of Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection (COAC) met on March 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. During this meeting, Karen Lobdell, Director of Global Solutions at Integration Point attended and provided us with her notes. Below are some of the key takeaways from the COAC meeting:

General COAC Business

  • CBP is interested in knowing if the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs) are working as intended and they will be working with COAC to develop metrics to measure this. Check out a previous blog post to find out more, and to access the customer satisfaction survey.
  • CBP Commissioner Aguilar will retire the end of March 2013 – this was his final COAC meeting.   Until President Obama announces a nominee for CBP Commissioner, Acting Chief Operating Officer Tom Winkowski will step into the role of Acting Commissioner.

Program Updates

  • CBP Names Trade Advisory Group Members for the 13th term of COAC– who can be accessed here:
  • 13th Term COAC will focus on six (6) priorities: Trade Modernization, Trusted Trader, One US Government at the Border, Trade Enforcement & Revenue Collection, Global Supply Chain Security and Exports. Each of these priority areas will be covered by a COAC Subcommittee, and Work Groups will be established within each Subcommittee to address specific issues, with non-COAC subject matter experts being engaged where needed for input.
  • CBP is working with US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish specific web pages to highlight work being done on the Beyond the Border Action Plan and the 21st Century Border Management Plan.
  1. Pre-inspection pilots with both CA and MX will be a big focus with these initiatives
  • CBP announced the schedule for opening of the remaining six CEEs in 2013:
  1. In April, they will open Base Metals (Chicago), Industrial Materials & Manufacturing (Buffalo) and Machinery (Laredo)
  2. In June, they will open Agriculture (Miami),  Apparel Footwear & Apparel (San Francisco) and Consumer Products/Mass Merchandise (Atlanta)
  • CBP expects to have an aggressive rollout of the Role of the Broker work (specifically the Part 111 re-write) this year.
  • There will be a strong focus on moving forward with the Trusted Trader concept that will span across all Participating Government Agencies (PGAs).  COAC will continue the work of the Industry Working Group established last year. This will include a “test” as well as developing draft SOPs, with the goal being to better align with the AEO community and integrate compliance and security. CBP plans to move very aggressively on the test in the next few months.
  • Per CBP, they have plans on extending the ACAS pilot to continue lessons learned. The plan is to take the next steps to develop a “strawman proposal” for ACAS which will then lead to the subsequent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). Implementation of the regulatory framework is the primary mission of the next few months for ACAS.

Although CBP and the COAC have aggressive goals for 2013, they did mention that the sequestration could impact timelines on the above beneficiaries. For additional information on the sequestration, click here.

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