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U.S. Strives to Improve Trade Facilitation at Non-Customs Agencies

Posted January 16, 2015

Under International Trade Issues, U.S. Customs Issues

(Mark Szakonyi – JOC)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is working with slightly more than a dozen federal agencies to help them better determine what shipments are high risks and which ones can be cleared faster because they pose less of a potential threat.

The pilots with agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are set to begin later this year, helping the agencies meet President Obama’s mandate for the completion of the International Trade Data System by 2017. The system, often referred to as the “single window,” will allow brokers and shippers to transmit necessary documents electronically in minutes instead of waiting for days and should reduce their need to file duplicative paperwork, saving shippers both time and money. The executive order also requires federal agencies that can hold or slow the clearance of cargo to streamline how they process freight and better use the data they collect on shipments to implement risk-management techniques. Read more here.