WASHINGTON — Ensuring initiatives designed to make U.S. ports more secure don’t interrupt the flow of trade is becoming increasingly challenging and will require more outreach to industry and government partners, according to officials at the 10th annual U.S. Customs & Border Protection Trade Symposium.
During last week’s conference here, Customs & Border Protection noted it was facing rapidly approaching deadlines on a number of Congressional mandates. Enforcement of the importer security filing requirement, the so-called 10+2 rule, is scheduled to begin next month, and the 100 percent-container-scanning mandate has a July 2012 deadline. Additionally, the agency is waiting for its new commissioner to be confirmed, and it has not been immune to the global economic downturn that has severely constricted global trade and eroded the fees that generate some of Customs’ revenue.
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