Many CLDP programs focus on the significant role that is played by customs agencies in facilitating and increasing international trade. CLDP programs aim to advance trade liberalization through enhanced communication, cooperation and coordination.

Advanced Rulings

CLDP holds consultations in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to explain advanced rulings, a written statement issued by CBP that interprets and applies Customs laws and regulations to a specific set of facts about a prospective transaction. These consultations focus on logistics chain security, border control procedures for hazardous materials and developing systems to combat fraud.

Promoting Imports

CLDP supports the efforts of foreign governments seeking to increase exports to the U.S. by conducting programs that help producers understand U.S. standards and regulatory requirements for imports. These programs include comprehensive materials about the policies and procedures of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and the specific products that the foreign government is keen to export to the U.S.

Free Trade Agreements

In order to strengthen Free Trade Agreements (FTA) between the U.S. and foreign governments, CLDP conducts programs that focus on rules of origin provisions and customs administration requirements as part of a comprehensive effort to improve the implementation procedures of the Free Trade Agreements.

CLDP in Action

September 9, 2014 - September 11, 2014

As part of the U.S. Government’s technical assistance to Central Asia, and integral to the U.S. Government’s New Silk Road initiative, CLDP has been tasked by the U.S. Department of State to assist in trade facilitation in Central Asia. Consequently, CLDP is working to further the goals of the U.S.-Central Asia Trade Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). In particular, CLDP is tasked with developing a regional Customs Working Group into a mechanism for cooperation among customs services in Central Asia in Afghanistan.

On June 9-13, 2014, in conjunction with the Central Asia TIFA meeting, hosted by USTR, CLDP organized the inaugural meeting and workshop of the Customs Working Group. In attendance were 14 customs officials, private sector representatives, and WTO negotiators from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Afghanistan (observer status to the TIFA). The participants exchanged information on customs reforms aimed at trade facilitation occurring in each country, discussed the areas of future capacity building and collaborative work, and received training on WTO standards in trade facilitation, customs valuation, and intellectual property enforcement.

On September 9-11, CLDP supported the second meeting of the Customs Working Group in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, with expert support by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the World Customs Organization (WCO). The program included training on customs valuation and risk management, and a visit to the OSCE Customs Training Center near Bishkek. The program participants, comprised of customs officials from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, also discussed the organizational structure of the Customs Working Group, the Memorandum of Understanding regimenting the work of the Customs Working Group, questions for further exploration in subsequent meetings, and other organizational questions.

CLDP’s ongoing support of the Customs Working Group aims to further the understanding of international best practices among customs officials in the Central Asia region, to provide opportunities for interaction, thereby increasing communication and cooperation amongst them, and to lead to increased trade facilitation through harmonization of customs procedures in Central Asia and Afghanistan.