From the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator …
Earlier today [19 February], President Obama issued an Executive Order on Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses. As described more fully below, today’s Executive Order is an important component of the Administration’s 21st century trade agenda.
Streamlined Export/Import Process – “Single-Window”
Under the Executive Order, the President directed completion of the International Trade Data System (ITDS) by the end of 2016 for use across the dozens of Federal agencies with enforcement and regulatory authorities over cargo imported to and exported from the United States. This will directly benefit businesses by making it easier for them to focus on exporting goods and services rather than spending time completing paperwork and navigating duplicative processes. For example, ITDS will establishing a “single-window” to help streamline the process through which businesses submit critical data required by Federal agencies overseeing the more than 50 million containers and $3.8 trillion worth of goods that cross our borders each year.
Enhanced Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
Moreover, as it relates to the Administration’s efforts to protect American intellectual property rights, ITDS will play an important part in enhancing the ability of border management agencies to identify shipments of authentic goods more rapidly, enabling inspection resources to be more effectively deployed to shipments that pose a higher risk of containing infringing goods. Predictable and effective enforcement of intellectual property rights supports American jobs, drives our global economic competiveness, and protects the health and safety of the American public.
Coordinated Border Management
The Executive Order also formally establishes the Border Interagency Executive Council (BIEC) as a coordinating mechanism for the numerous agencies with enforcement and regulatory authorities over imports and exports. The BIEC will focus its efforts on cutting red tape and reducing supply chain inefficiencies, while managing the risks presented by goods flowing in and out of the United States.
The Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator is pleased to call attention to the significant efforts of the National Security Council’s Transborder Directorate in bringing to fruition this critical resource for American business and innovators.
Alexander N.M. Niejelow
Chief of Staff
U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator
The White House