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April 23, 2008 

Customs Issues Marking Policy for Products From Kosovo and Announces Next COAC Meeting

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published two notices in today's Federal Register:

The first notice advises importers that as a result of the U.S. recognizing the Republic of Kosovo as a sovereign and independent state, for purposes of country of origin marking merchandise produced in Kosovo must be marked as "Kosovo" or "Republic of Kosovo" when entering the U.S. In order to give manufacturers and importers time to adjust to these changes, CBP will permit goods from the Republic of Kosovo to be marked "Serbia'" until February 18, 2009. After that date, all merchandise originating in the Republic of Kosovo will be required to be marked using the short or long forms noted above.

The second notice indicates that CBP's Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations (commonly known as "COAC'') will meet on May 9, 2008, in Washington, DC from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m at the Ronald Reagan Building. The meeting will be open to the public. The tentative agenda for the COAC meeting includes the following items:

1. Post Incident Response.
2. Advance Trade Data ("10+2'').
3. Secure Freight Initiative.
4. C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) and CSI (Container Security Initiative).
5. Conveyance Security Devices.
6. ACE (Automated Commercial Environment) Programs Status/ITDS (International Trade Data Systems).
7. International Trade Issues/Updates.
8. Import Safety Initiatives.
9. World Customs Organization & Mutual Recognition Status.
10. Proposed Revisions to In-Bond Process.
11. Automated Export System (AES).
12. Agriculture Program Update.

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