© [2020], NCBFAA, Washington D.C., News Release. Originally published [03/30/2020]. www.ncbfaa.orgReprinted by permission.

In the March 26 edition of the Federal Register, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the next Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) meeting will be held remotely on April 15, 2020. The meeting will be open to the public via webinar only. For those who would plan to participate via webinar, you may register for the meeting here. As for the agenda, the COAC will hear from the current subcommittees on the topics listed below: 

1. The Intelligent Enforcement Subcommittee will provide updates and recommendations from the working groups under their jurisdiction for COAC’s consideration. The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Working Group will provide information regarding improvements in the eRecordation process and data sharing. The IPR Working Group will also provide updates and recommendations regarding the Department of Homeland Start Printed Page 17093Security Report on Combatting Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods and the Executive Order on Ensuring Safe and Lawful E-Commerce for United States Consumers, Businesses, Government Supply Chains, and Intellectual Property Rights. The Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD) and Bond Working Groups will provide updates on risk-based bonding as well as bonds for Foreign Trade Zones and pipeline operators. The Forced Labor Working Group will provide updates and recommendations on the proof of admissibility for forced labor allegations, industry collaboration, and statutory guidance related to disclosure and mitigation. 

2. The Secure Trade Lanes Subcommittee will provide updates on the Trusted Trader Working Group’s activities specific to Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Trade Compliance implementation and new forced labor program requirements. The subcommittee will also provide an analysis of the In-Bond processes with a focus on specific “Pain Point” areas by mode, that are being developed for potential solutions and to create greater efficiency and present some recommendations for deliberation. Additionally, the Export Modernization Working Group will provide updates of export data elements and opportunities for export process efficiencies. The subcommittee will also report on the activities of the Remote and Autonomous Cargo Processing Working Group. 

3. The Next Generation Facilitation Subcommittee will provide an update on the progress on the Emerging Technologies Working Group’s various initiatives, including the recent completion of the IPR Blockchain Proof of Concept assessment. The One U.S. Government Working Group will discuss progress on the Global Business Identifier and working group priorities. There will be a subcommittee update on the progress of the Unified Entry Processes Working Group’s work towards an operational framework and the results of mapping out perceived deficiencies in the current entry process. 

4. The Rapid Response Subcommittee will provide updates on the newly formed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Working Group, the work that has been completed by the Broker Continuing Education Taskforce and discuss its opinion as to why continuing education is important and should be mandated. Meeting materials will be available by April 13, 2020, here.