Customs

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

October 29, 2018 - November 1, 2018

On October 29-November 1, 2018, CLDP, in partnership with the Pakistan Regional Economic Integration Activity (a private sector implementer for USAID), the U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Korean Customs Service, led a delegation of officials from the Pakistan Customs Service, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reform, and other stakeholder agencies on a study tour to Daejeon and Seoul, South Korea. Pakistan recently passed legislation regarding its single window, a required element under the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, and has been developing its platform. The study tour focused on the three different Korean single window projects run by different ministries, the inter-agency process to harmonize data required for clearances, and port community systems. The study tour provided non-customs agencies with better insight into the advantages of single window and helped the Pakistan Customs software engineers understand how to build an inter-agency and user-friendly platform. Following this study tour, CLDP will work with USAID to determine next steps, including a possible U.S. port visit.