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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameIndustry Functional Advisory Committee on Customs Matters for Trade Policy MattersAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2004Committee Number332
Original Establishment Date1/3/1975Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date6/16/2004Committee URLhttp://www.ita.doc.gov/icp
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*14
Current Charter Date3/17/2004Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter3/18/2004Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date6/16/2004Designated Federal Officer First Name*Katherine
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Wiehagen
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*19 U.S.C. 2155Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-482-0357
Effective Date Of Authority*1/3/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*202 501 0674
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*katherine_wiehagen@ita.doc.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Throughout Fiscal Year 2004, IFAC 1 members provided advice to U.S. trade policy negotiators regarding customs matters in a variety of fora. Members have provided advice on a WTO New Round, particularly with regard to work towards launching negotiations on Trade Facilitation. Members continue to provide extensive advice on the implementation of the WTO Agreement on Customs Valuation, particularly with regard to concerns over case-by-case consideration of extension requests in the WTO and capacity building efforts. Members continue to monitor and comment on development of harmonized, product specific, non-preferential rules of origin currently being negotiated at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. IFAC 1 has provided advice on the customs procedures and rules of origin aspects of four Free Trade Agreements in 2004, the Central American FTA, the Australia FTA, the Morocco FTA, and the Integration of the Dominican Republic into the CAFTA. IFAC 1 also provided advice on incomplete FTAs in 2004 - SACU FTA, Bahrain FTA, Andean FTA, Panama FTA, and the FTAA. IFAC 1 has also provided advice on efforts undertaken by U.S. Treasury and U.S. Customs which relate to development of U.S. participation in international customs modernization policies: the WCO Data Initiative, DHS customs security measures, and U.S. positions in the World Customs Organization. IFAC 1 has also provided advice on the impact on trade of newer U.S. border security measures.
How is membership balanced?*IFAC 1 is reasonably and equally divided between members who represent a variety of U.S. exporters and goods for export, and members concerned primarily with particular industry sectors. Both industry consultants and exporter representatives cooperate as IFAC members to provide consensual advice and guidance to the U.S. officials on all concerns upon which the IFAC membership has expertise. The members share an understanding of the importance of facilitating and improving customs procedures and customs cooperation in promoting efficiencies in and the growth of U.S. exports.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee meets approximately four times a year. However, the actual number of meetings is dictated by perceived Government need for private sector advice. The U.S. Government will be engaged in multilateral and bilateral trade policy initiatives including planning for a New Round in the WTO, bilateral Free Trade Agreements, the FTAA, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development issues, WTO implementation and capacity building intiatives; accession to the WTO, monitoring China's accession, and enforcement of trade agreements, and policy development in the World Customs Organization. The advice the Government receives from the private sector through the advisory committee is an ongoing process and an intrinsic part of the development of U.S. policy for all negotiations.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee structure ensures a unique source of information to the Government. All members have security clearances and through a continuing dialogue with Government officials are cognizant of Government trade policy at a level not otherwise available to the private sector. Because this Committee is kept current in the broad spectrum of trade policy rather than a single facet--as would be the case in the absence of a committee structure--the private sector input from the committee is more pertinent. The advisory committee program, legislatively mandated, is the single formal comprehensive consultative link between the U.S. Government and U.S. industry and has the responsibility to address all issues concerning trade policy.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Industry Consultations Program was established by the Trade Act of 1974 and in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Subsection 135(f) of the Trade Act provides that the ISACs shall be exempt from the provisions of the FACA relating to open meetings, public notice, public participation, and public availability of documents when it is determined that the proceedings would, if disclosed, seriously compromise the Government's negotiating objectives or bargaining positions regarding trade policy matters. ISAC and IFAC meetings routinely involve these kinds of discussions. The United States Trade Representative (USTR) evaluates each meeting agenda and issues a Notice of Determination when it is necessary to close meetings.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentIssued changes to text of trade agreements.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentEffective in formulating the trade policy objectives of the United States.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentNo measureable calculation. The IFAC 1 presented their respective members views on priority issues on multilateral, bilateral, and regional trade negotiations. Their advice and recommendations are mostly rendered orally during meetings while U.S. Government officials are present. During this fiscal year the IFAC members, presented advice and recommendations on priority issues on the various free trade agreements.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNo measureable calculation as section 135 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, does not bind the USTR and Secretary of Commerce to the advice submitted by the Committee.Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNo measureable calculation as section 135 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, does not bind the USTR and Secretary of Commerce to the advice submitted by the Committee.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback CommentFeedback is primarily rendered orally during meetings while U.S. government officials and trade negotiators are present. Formal written advice addressed to the Secretary of Commerce (and/or jointly to the USTR), or their designees, is reviewed by the Secretary's policy staff and tasked to appropriate ITA unit to prepare a draft response. Commerce's internal procedures require that all responses for Secretarial signature (and/or joint signature with USTR) go through a concurrence process which ensures that the appropriate level Commerce officials are seeing the advice and have a chance for comment. All formal responses must be cleared by the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade prior to Secretary's signature, which ensures that their committee's advice is weighed and considered.Narrative Description*The Committee advises the Secretary and the USTR concerning the trade matters referred to in Sections 101, 102, and 124 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended; with respect to the operation of any trade agreement once entered into; and with respect to other matters arising in connection with the development, implementation, and administration of the trade policy of the United States including those matters referred to in Reorganization Plan Number 3 of 1979 and Executive Order 12188, and the priorities for actions thereunder. In particular, the Committee provides detailed policy and technical advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary and the USTR regarding trade barriers and implementation of trade agreements negotiated under Sections 101 or 102 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, and Sections 1102 and 1103 of the 1988 Trade Act, which affect the products of its sector; and performs such other advisory functions relevant to U.S. trade policy as may be requested by the Secretary and the USTR or their designees.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$3,605.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$3,605.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.05Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

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Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-015386Industry Functional Advisory Committee on Customs Matters for Trade Policy Matters2003
 COM-017067Industry Functional Advisory Committee on Customs Matters for Trade Policy Matters2002
 COM-017338Industry Functional Advisory Committee on Customs Matters for Trade Policy Matters2001
 COM-018986Industry Functional Advisory Committee on Customs Matters for Trade Policy Matters2000
 COM-019295Industry Functional Advisory Committee on Customs Matters for Trade Policy Matters1999
 COM-020988Industry Functional Advisory Committee on Customs Matters for Trade Policy Matters1998
 COM-021145Industry Functional Advisory Committee on Customs Matters for Trade Policy Matters1997