The purpose of the Petroleum Committee is to act as a point of contact for members of the petroleum/petrochemical community for any FTZ matters. Petroleum FTZ operations are very specific to the industry and this committee acts as a resource for those specific requirements. The Committee provides FTZ information relating to current trends and industry issues for its members, as well as communicating questions/concerns to regulatory agencies, as needed, of behalf of the industry.
Chair responsibilities includes hosting scheduled committee meetings, maintaining to do list of action items determined from meetings, ensuring action items are completed, point of contact for NAFTZ inquiries, point of contact for committee inquiries, and organizing/planning schedule/topics/speakers for annual NAFTZ conference petroleum track.
Vice Chair – Assist the Chair with all tasks.
Projects the committee has worked on includes providing CBP with feedback on the rewrite of subpart H of 146 of the regulations. Most petroleum project initiatives are handled through API unless specific to Foreign Trade Zones.
Below is a list of possible initiatives the petroleum committee would like to work on in 2020:
- Quarterly meetings to discuss experiences with the new CBP FTZ review format issued by HQ for 2020. Inconsistencies noted on a port by port basis will be reported to NAFTZ staff for feedback.
- During the quarterly meetings, it will also be a time for members to discuss any FTZ related questions, issues, concerns that may need to be addressed by CBP, FTZ Board, NAFTZ, etc.