The in-bond task force was originally initiated to provide feedback and input regarding proposed changes to the In-Bond Regulations that were eventually published in September in 2017. Since the publication of the updated regulations, the committee has tracked the implementation and impact of the changes on the FTZ community providing an opportunity to raise member concerns and challenges. Certain aspects of the regulations have yet to be implemented and the task force continues to track those open items. The task force also serves as a forum to discuss FTZ issues related to the published changes as well as provide feedback to CBP when appropriate such as on the recently published in-bond guidance document as it pertains to FTZ specific issues.
Projects/Activities for 2020
- Three members of the current task force, Suzanne Smith, Linda King, and Michael Thomas are also participating in the COAC in-bond working group on behalf of the NAFTZ. The task force has also provided a resource for identifying additional areas of concern to be brought forth to the COAC group as it looks to identify gap areas and potential areas of improvement and the “future” state of the in-bond program.
- The group continues to assist CBP with the review of the evolving in-bond guidance document and provide feedback to ensure that FTZ specific requirements are addressed.
- In-Bond Handbook – a sub-task force effort together with the Operator-User committee was underway to create an In-Bond Handbook as a resource for NAFTZ member.
Looking ahead, with the in-bond program being critical for FTZ operations it is important that the group remain engaged and abreast of any changes or potential impact to the program, and continue to call to CBP’s attention the unique needs and use of in-bond to the FTZ program.
The task force meets monthly typically on the second Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.