ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS OF CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION (COAC) Global Supply Chain Security Subcommittee – Land Border
February 21, 2012
C-TPAT Export: Discussions among the subcommittee and the trade and between the subcommittee, trade and CBP are ongoing. The subcommittee has considered different approaches such as “flipping” the C-TPAT importer criteria to exports and using a check list similar to AEO in Europe. A consensus on these or other approaches has not been attained. Accordingly, the subcommittee is interested in details from CBP for what we understand is to be a pilot in the near future.
C-TPAT Questions Included in Regulatory Audit Focused Assessments: It has come to the subcommittee’s attention that C-TPAT questions are being requested as part of Focused Assessments. We plan to request additional information and discuss with CBP. The subcommittee is concerned that including C-TPAT questions as part of a focused assessment may damage the voluntary nature of the C-TPAT program.
National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security: The subcommittee compliments the work undertaken to create the strategy and in general supports the goals and objectives of the strategy. The COAC is eager to work with the Cross Sector Supply Chain Working Group. We look forward to being provided more information on the strategy including plans for implementation and engagement with the trade throughout the process. The subcommittee will submit more detailed comments and possibly recommendations to the full committee in the near future.
United States – Canada Beyond the Border: A Shared Committee For Perimeter Security And Economic Competiveness: The committee compliments the work done on the Beyond The Border Action Plan. In general, the subcommittee supports the shared vision for perimeter security and economic competiveness. We look forward to being provided more information in various meetings that are planned that include COAC members. Based on these discussions, the subcommittee will submit more detailed comments and possibly submit recommendations to the full committee.