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

CLDP in Action

September 3, 2019

On September 3, 2019, in Bamako, Mali, CLDP led a one-day meeting to build consensus among public and private sector stakeholders on an upcoming communication campaign aiming to prevent the use of counterfeits. This effort is part of a Mali-wide project with the U.S. Agency for International Development mission in Bamako to implement innovative solutions for combatting counterfeiting of products affecting public health, with a focus on agro-inputs. CLDP works with Feed the Future and the Government of Mali to implement best practices in the prevention of the movement and use of agricultural products and to raise public awareness of the dangers of fake products. This has been done through the extensive training of enforcement authorities including Malian Customs, the judiciary, police, and gendarmerie, as well as consumer education. It has also included the introduction of Mobile Product Authentication (MPA™) technology at the point of purchase through private/public partnerships. The new phase of the project builds upon notable improvement of the understanding of the impact of counterfeits by Malian stakeholders, including spurring the creation of a national database administered jointly by Malian Customs, the Malian Intellectual Property Office (CEMAPI) and the Malian Copyright Office (BUMDA) where producers and importers can register marks to facilitate the seizure of counterfeited products. CLDP is preparing to launch a national campaign, including culturally appropriate marketing material, through billboards, radio, and television, in coordination with local partners, raising awareness of the danger of counterfeits and showcasing new technologies to best combat it.