In the January 2013 print edition of American Shipper, the editorial board sang the praises of the 12th Department of Homeland Security Commercial Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), whose term recently expired.
COAC works closely with CBP, providing an industry perspective to new trade initiatives. The most recent assemblage of COAC “worked relentlessly for the last two years, producing 43 total recommendations that CBP is implementing or still reviewing.” Here are some examples of their collaborative efforts:
- Launching Centers of Excellence & Expertise (CEEs) – 10 by the end of 2013
- Simplified Entry – Pilot operational in 16 ports, with 48,000 entries filed as of December 31
- Trade efficiency survey
- ACE enhancements
- Enhanced trusted trader programs
- Export component for C-TPAT
We are hoping the 13th COAC will build on this momentum in 2013 and beyond, including assistance in securing funding to support ACE modernization.