On July 11, 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register¬ a notice announcing that the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) will meet in Boston, Massachusetts (MA) on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. The meeting may close early if the committee has completed its business.

Pre-Registration: Meeting participants may attend either in person or via webinar after pre-registering using a method indicated in the Federal Register notice: To facilitate public participation, CBP is inviting public comment on the issues the committee will consider prior to the formulation of recommendations as listed in the “Agenda” section below.


The COAC will hear from the following subcommittees on the topics listed below and then will review, deliberate, provide observations, and formulate recommendations on how to proceed:

1. The Exports Subcommittee will give an update on the Air, Ocean, and Rail Manifest Pilots, and discuss the progress of the Truck Manifest Sub-Working Group, which is coordinating with the 1 USG North American Single Window (NASW) Working Group. The Post Departure Filing (PDF) Working Group will discuss its Table Top exercise and additional feedback that it has been gathering from other interested stakeholders.

2. The Global Supply Chain Subcommittee will review and discuss recommendations related to the Pipeline Working Group and also provide an update on pilot discussions with industry. In addition, an update report on the progress of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C–TPAT) Working Group that is reviewing and developing recommendations to update the C–TPAT minimum security criteria will be provided.

3. The One U.S. Government Subcommittee will discuss the progress of the North American Single Window (NASW) Working Group’s NASW approach. The subcommittee will also discuss the progress of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Single Window effort.

4. The Trade Enforcement and Revenue Collection (TERC) Subcommittee will discuss the progress made on prior TERC, Bond Working Group, and Intellectual Property Rights Working Group recommendations, as well the recommendations from the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Working Group.

5. The Trade Modernization Subcommittee will 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. The subcommittee will also discuss the progress of the Revenue Modernization Working Group.

6. The Trusted Trader Subcommittee will continue their discussion on their vision for an enhanced Trusted Trader concept that includes engagement with CBP to include relevant partner government agencies with a potential for international interoperability. Meeting materials will be available by July 22, 2016, at the CBP website here.