Customs and Border Protection has a number of outreach events they undertake through the calendar year. In addition to a conference focused on CTPAT, the agency also offers symposia on both coasts, East and West.
Last week, CBP hosted their East Coast Trade Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia. This is a major event for the agency with several days of speeches, panel discussions and a chance for the trade to ask questions of the agency about a variety of policy and regulatory issues.
The Border Inter-Agency Executive Council, or BIEC, is composed of delegates from a number of agencies who have jurisdiction over imported cargo. One of the data elements that Customs brokers provide CBP and other agencies is a manufacturer’s ID which is comprised of elements which include the country, name, address and city of the manufacturer. This naming convention is proving an imprecise and inaccurate tool and the Participating Government Agencies (PGA’s) on the BIEC are looking for an alternative. The agency is investigating a number of options, including the creation of a “foreign entity ID” instead which would be far more unique and specific.
24 years on, updating the Mod Act
The Customs Modernization Act which passed in 1993 and included the implementing regulations for NAFTA is long overdue for an overhaul, opined a panel. Title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) governs the agency, Customs brokers and traders and hasn’t been updated for significantly changed business practices like cloud computing when it comes to things like recordkeeping. Other topics up for discussion include reconciliation, statement processing and collection and post summary corrections, or PSC’s.
ACAS regulations coming Q1/Q2 2018
The Air Cargo Advanced Screening program, or ACAS, was born out of the Yemeni printer cartridge incident from a number of years ago. Dubbed by some “ISF for air,” the program initially began with integrators providing air waybill data to be screened by CBP’s Targeting Center. CBP announced that this week, new DHS Secretary Nielsen is expected to sign off on the rule where it then goes to OMB for review and they’ve given CBP a window of three to four months. What is yet to be sorted out are the official data elements and what party is responsible for the filing – the carrier, forwarder or someone else.