Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee will hold its quarterly meeting Oct. 7 via webinar. Members of the public wishing to participate must register online by Oct. 6.

For more information on COAC’s activities, please contact ST&R customs attorney and COAC co-chair Lenny Feldman at (305) 894-1011.

Topics to be considered at this meeting include the following.

- the White Paper on Enforcement Modernization to support CBP’s 21st Century Customs Framework, which aims to further improve risk management and the impact of efforts to detect high-risk activity, deter noncompliance, and disrupt fraudulent behavior by better utilizing technology, big data, and predictive analysis to drive decision-making

- recommendations on CBP’s existing forced labor allegations submission mechanisms, including the e-Allegations web portal

- prioritized past recommendations and any new recommendations from the AD/CVD, Bond, Intellectual Property Rights, and Forced Labor working groups

- Trusted Trader Working Group’s activities specific to the CTPAT Trade Compliance program enhancements, including benefits, participating government agency engagement, and forced labor

- updates and recommendations focusing on improving current export processes

-  activities of the Remote and Autonomous Cargo Processing Working Group

- progress of the One U.S. Government Working Group with partner government agencies regarding advancement in trusted trader initiatives as well as the Unified Entry Processing Working Group’s operational framework

- various technologies evaluated this past quarter that could be adapted for CBP and the trade

- USMCA Automotive Working Group activities regarding the plans for auto certification submissions and challenges/concerns post entry into force of the USMCA

- alternate locations for broker exams and remote proctoring exam options

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