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.

Upcoming Programs

February 24, 2020 - March 6, 2020

From February 24 to March 6, 2020, CLDP conducted an assessment trip to Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova. CLDP met with representatives of the respective countries’ government officials responsible for customs, government procurement, investment, and agriculture and also met with representatives from the private sector and academia. CLDP used the meetings with the aforementioned officials and representatives from the U.S. Embassy in each country to inform upcoming regional working group meetings on government procurement, customs, and corporate compliance involving representatives from all three countries.

CLDP in Action

January 13, 2020 - January 18, 2020

On January 13-18, 2020, in Marrakech, CLDP led a series of activities focusing on increasing handicraft exports. The first activity involved an assessment of the largest handicraft exposition. In addition, CLDP led a workshop on streamlining handicraft exports and launched the new Handicraft Export Guide. Second only to agriculture in terms of employment, the handicraft sector in Morocco is essential for income distribution and job growth across socio-economic levels, particularly for women, and is an important factor in maintaining social and political stability.