[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 222 (Friday, November 16, 2012)]
[Pages 68802-68803]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27850]



U.S. Customs and Border Protection

[Docket No. USCBP-2012-0041]

Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border 
Protection (COAC)

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland 
Security (DHS).

ACTION: Committee Management; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee 


SUMMARY: The Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and 
Border Protection (COAC) will meet on December 4, 2012, in Washington, 
DC. The meeting will be open to the public.

DATES: COAC will meet on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 
6:00 p.m. EST. Please note that the meeting may close early if the 
committee has completed its business.
    Registration: If you plan on attending, please register either 
online at https://apps.cbp.gov/te_registration/index.asp?w=111 or by 
email to [email protected], or by fax to 202-325-4290 by close-of-
business on November 30,2012.
    If you have completed an online on-site registration and wish to 
cancel your registration, you may do so at https://apps.cbp.gov/te_registration/cancel.asp?w=111. Please feel free to share this 
information with interested members of your organizations or 

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Ronald Reagan Building in the 
Horizon Ballroom, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20229. 
All visitors to the Ronald Reagan Building must show a state-issued ID 
or Passport to proceed through the security checkpoint to be admitted 
to the building.
    For information on facilities or services for individuals with 
disabilities or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact 
Ms. Wanda Tate, Office of Trade Relations, U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection at 202-344-1661 as soon as possible.
    To facilitate public participation, we are inviting public comment 
on the issues to be considered by the committee as listed in the 
``Agenda'' section below.
    Comments must be submitted in writing no later than November 26, 
2012, and must be identified by USCBP-2012-0041 and may be submitted by 
one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: [email protected] Include the docket number in 
the subject line of the message.
     Fax: 202-325-4290.
     Mail: Ms. Wanda Tate, Office of Trade Relations, U.S. 
Customs and Border Protection, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Room 3.5A, 
Washington, DC 20229.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the words 
``Department of Homeland Security'' and the docket number for this 
action. Comments received will be posted without alteration at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Do 
not submit personal information to this docket.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received by the COAC, go to http://www.regulations.gov.
    There will be three public comment periods held during the meeting 
on December 4, 2012. Speakers are requested to limit their comments to 
two (2) minutes or less to facilitate greater participation. Contact 
the individual listed below to register as a speaker. Please note that 
the public comment period for speakers may end before the time 
indicated on the schedule that is posted on the CBP web page at the 
time of the meeting.

Relations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue 
NW., Room 3.5A, Washington, DC 20229; telephone 202-344-1440; facsimile 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of this meeting is given under the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92-463). The 
COAC provides advice to the Secretary of Homeland Security, the 
Secretary of the Treasury, and the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and 
Border Protection (CBP) on matters pertaining to the commercial 
operations of CBP and related functions within DHS or the Department of 
the Treasury.


    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 on those topics:
     The work of the Trade Facilitation Subcommittee: 
Recommendations and resolutions on CBP's Trade Transformation 
initiatives, recommendations on the role of the customs brokers in 
regard to the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs), and 
recommendations based on the results from the COAC Industry Survey 
regarding the expected benefits of the CEEs.
     The work of the Role of the Broker Subcommittee: 
Recommendations and resolutions on various aspects of CBP's effort to 
revise the role of the customs broker in the CBP regulations (19 CFR 
Part 111) which includes whether the initiative in the area of 
continuing education should be pursued, requirements for brokers to 
obtain bona fides for their importer clients before transacting customs 
business on the client's behalf, and comments on possible revision to 
CBP Form 5106 (Importer Identification Input Record). In addition, 
recommendations will be made regarding the role of customs brokers in 
the CEEs.
     The work of Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) 
Strategic Communications Working Group: Presentation of a white paper 
and recommendation how CBP should

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proceed in communicating with the trade community as the agency shifts 
from the Automated Commercial System (ACS) to ACE as functionality 
becomes available.
     The work of the One U.S. Government at the Border 
Subcommittee: Recommendation for addressing a One U.S. Government 
Approach to Trusted Trader Programs and provide the subcommittee term 
end report.
     The Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 
Subcommittee's work on providing CBP with guidance on new tools to be 
used in the port of entry to help identify counterfeit products, the 
distribution chain management and serialization pilot project, and 
modification to the CBP recordation database of federally registered 
trademarks, trade names and copyrights.
     The Anti-Dumping/Countervailing Duties Subcommittee's term 
end report and a discussion on the impact of trade enforcement and 
trade intelligence initiatives.
     The Bond Subcommittee's work on proposed modifications to 
the CBP Form 5106 (Importer Identification Input Record), liquidated 
damages/mitigation guidelines, and the use of single transaction bonds 
(STBs) when additional security is merited. The Subcommittee will 
respond to the CBP Deputy Commissioner's request to look into the 
possibility of issuing bonds prior to the foreign departure of goods 
that are intended for importation into the United States.
     An update from CBP's Agriculture Programs and Trade 
Liaison on the July 2012 USDA/Animal Plant Health Inspection Service 
(APHIS) and CBP Joint Stakeholder Conference.
    Prior to the COAC taking action on any of these topics of the eight 
above-mentioned subcommittees, working groups, and Agriculture Programs 
and Trade Liaison, members of the public will have an opportunity to 
provide comments orally or, for comments submitted electronically 
during the meeting, by reading the comments into the record.
    The COAC will also receive term-end reports, updates and discuss 
the following Initiatives and Subcommittee topics that were discussed 
throughout the 12th Term meetings as set forth below:
     The National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security as 
it relates to an effort to solicit, consolidate, and provide to DHS 
sector and stakeholder input on implementation of the National 
     The work of the Land Border Security Subcommittee: updates 
and observations on the Customs--the 21st Century Border Management 
Initiative and Beyond the Border initiatives.
     The Air Cargo Security Subcommittee's work on the Air 
Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot, and a discussion of the 
operational involvement of freight forwarders as well as the next steps 
in drafting a notice of proposed rulemaking.
     The Export Subcommittee's work on where it stands in 
identifying incentives for U.S. exporters to participate in Customs-
Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)/Authorized Economic 
Operator (AEO) programs and a review of the subcommittee's scope and 
goals for the 13th Term COAC.

    Dated: November 9, 2012.
Maria Luisa O'Connell,
Senior Advisor for Trade, Office of Trade Relations.
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