U.S. Customs and Border Protection Completes Interoperability Test to Enhance Transparency and Communication in Supply Chains

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced the successful completion of its first interoperability test with the aim of promoting global standards to bring transparency and standard communication between the private sector and government agencies. This test is part of CBP’s modernization efforts in promoting global interoperability.

The focus of this recent CBP test is on the pipeline oil and steel supply chains, which involved some of the largest companies from both industries. The goal was to enhance the work environment by making it paperless and allowing for the real-time exchange of data, while providing more significant security and timely reactions from the agency. The additional feature of this system was to combine modernized data that includes shipment arrival information with the data already available in the Automated Commercial Environment, which was a first for the agency.

This interoperability test focused on the main goal of establishing global interoperability standards that will promote and unify transparent supply chains while both public and private sectors streamline communication for improved security and facilitation. CBP is developing a global modernization strategy to create interoperability standards in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, the Silicon Valley Innovation Program, mesur.io, Neoflow, and Transmute.

In 2024, CBP plans to continue investing in global interoperability with upcoming international and domestic testing focusing on e-commerce, natural gas, and food safety. These tests will include collaboration with several partner government agencies, further promoting transparency and global interoperability standards that will lead to the eventual production of the five Silicon Valley Innovation Program projects (pipeline oil, steel, natural gas, e-commerce, and food safety) and Automated Commercial Environment 2.0 (ACE 2.0).

The 2023 successful test created the possibility of more technological advancements. CBP will continue to invest in global standards to verify the origin of transactions and issues credentials in efforts to extend its commitment to global standards with bipartisan support. In the first international test, participating countries with Mutual Recognition Agreements will exchange the newly authored Global Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism/Authorized Economic Operator credential. While in the second international test, countries will exchange billing data to verify goods that have been exported.

In conclusion, CBP’s successful completion of its first interoperability test brings a clearer picture of what is achievable by promoting transparency and standard communication while allowing both public and private sectors to choose from different technologies. The agency’s plan to continue investing in global interoperability is indicative of a bright future for the country’s supply chain systems.

Source: https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/cbp-initiates-interoperability-standards-test-improve-supply-chain

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