The Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations to U.S. Customs and Border Protection will hold an open meeting Jan. 13, 2016, in New Orleans, La. Those wishing to attend this meeting in person should register here, while those who plan to participate via webinar should register here, by Jan. 11.

At this meeting COAC will hear from the following subcommittees on the topics listed and then review, deliberate, provide observations and formulate recommendations on how to proceed on those topics.

- The Trade Modernization Subcommittee will provide an update on its review of the original COAC recommendations for the Centers of Excellence and Expertise and what areas it has identified for Centers to develop uniform policies, processes and strategies, with consideration of an industry-focused and account-based approach. The subcommittee will also discuss the progress of the International Engagement and Trade Facilitation Working Group, which is identifying examples of best practices in the U.S. and abroad that facilitate trade and could be applied globally. Additionally, the subcommittee will discuss the formation of a Role of the Broker working group to provide updated recommendations for revising 19 CFR 111.

- The Exports Subcommittee Manifest Working Group will discuss the upcoming air manifest pilot and the refocusing/renewal of the Post-Departure Filing Working Group.

- The One U.S. Government Subcommittee will discuss the progress of the Automated Commercial Environment Single Window effort, particularly trade readiness and partner government agencies’ readiness for the Feb. 28, 2016, ACE implementation of the single window. There will also be an update from the North American Single Window Vision Working Group.

- The Trade Enforcement and Revenue Collection Subcommittee will discuss the progress of the Intellectual Property Rights Working Group and the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Working Group and outline plans for the Bond Working Group.

- The Global Supply Chain Subcommittee will review and discuss recommendations related to the Pipeline Working Group and provide an update on pilot discussions with industry.

- The Trusted Trader Subcommittee will report on the status of the trusted trader pilot, the next steps for implementation, and the vision of an enhanced trusted trader concept that includes engagement with CBP to include relevant partner government agencies with a potential for international interoperability.

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