CBP Seeks Input for Green Trade Forum

Program Also Highlights Infrastructure, Law Enforcement Policies
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Public comments about how to decarbonize trade and create federal incentives for sustainable supply chains are due May 22 to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection as input to an upcoming Green Trade Innovation and Incentives Forum.

The forum is part of CBP’s Green Trade Strategy, launched last June, to create climate change trade policies, programs and infrastructure while strengthening enforcement against environmental trade crimes.

The daylong virtual and in-person forum is scheduled for July 11 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va. Instructions for providing comments and registration are provided in Federal Register Document 2023–08394.

Input is being sought from the trade industry, research and academic experts, nongovernmental organizations, government interagency personnel and other stakeholders who want to share ideas about green trade innovation, sustainable supply chains and zero-emission trade.

Comments will be grouped in these themes: green data as a strategic asset, green trade incentives and green trade-related research and innovation.

CBP is seeking to incorporate federal environmental priorities into existing trade programs and highlight environmental risk factors in supply chains. One objective is to coordinate with U.S. governmental agencies and foreign countries to enforce environmental provisions in trade agreements using effective accountability mechanisms.

“CBP seeks to establish itself as a champion for the green economy and a leader in the fight against climate change by accelerating the global transition to green trade and serving as a responsible steward of our own environmental footprint,” noted a June presentation on the Green Trade Strategy. “While governments and private industry have taken steps to address climate change, more significant action is needed, both to slow the effects already upon us and to prepare for the impacts yet to come.”

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It stated, with a reference and web link to a Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp. report, that recent studies have attributed some 80% of the world’s total carbon emissions to global supply chains.

“Climate change poses significant challenges to CBP’s trade mission but also provides new opportunities for innovation and improvement. This Green Trade Strategy lays out the agency’s vision for seizing these opportunities to grow the economy and accelerate American innovation while building resilience and addressing climate-related threats to our national and economic security,” the CBP presentation noted.

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