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September 17, 2008 

Minutes from August COAC Meeting Posted on CBP's Website

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has posted on its website the minutes (doc) from the August 7, 2008 meeting of the Departmental Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection and Related Homeland Security Functions, commonly known as the COAC.

The minutes contain a great deal of useful information on the current status of a number of CBP initiatives, including C-TPAT, Mutual Recognition, import safety, 10+2 and changes to the first sale and country of origin rules.

For example, with respect to C-TPAT the minutes provide the following statistics as of July 21, 2008:

  • 8,527 certified C-TPAT Partners
  • 600 new companies joined
  • Added Buffalo and Houston to the C-TPAT field offices whose focus is primarily on Canada (CA) and Mexico (MX) supply chains
  • 8,519 total validations conducted to date, of which 1285 are revalidations
  • 1,916 Validations conducted this year alone – expected to reach 3,200 total.
  • CBP is taking actions to suspend companies who fail their validation - 593 members removed – 1/2 are highway carriers.
  • CBP is revalidating Mexican carriers to ensure they improve
  • Their are currently 267 Tier 3 Importers of Record.
During the meeting, the COAC members introduced and passed the following resolution (doc) supporting CBP's position regarding the 100% maritime cargo scanning requirement contained in the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-53):
The 10th COAC endorses the current CBP multi-layered approach on maritime cargo entering the United States in regards to the level of commitment and expenditure required for 100% scanning of maritime containers. It is COAC’s position that these resources can be more appropriately directed towards other cargo and passenger venues that present an equally real threat, but where security programs are less developed.
The next COAC meeting is schedule for November 20, 2008 in Washington, dC.

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