Border Commercial Consultative Committee

The Border Commercial Consultative Committee (BCCC) provides CBSA officials and commercial stakeholders with a forum to discuss border-related policies, operational programs and administrative procedures that govern and affect Canada's commercial trade. This collaboration benefits both the Agency and the Canadian trade community, as well as the Canada and the Canadian economy.

The BCCC helps advancing government-industry cooperation on improving commercial processing in a manner that optimizes the free flow of legitimate goods; promotes the global competitiveness of businesses through the efficient management of supply chains; promotes solutions that reflect the needs and priorities of both the CBSA and the trade community; and ensures supply chain security and compliance with customs laws, regulations and policies.

Terms of Reference

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is committed to engaging with Canadian commercial stakeholders on its strategies, policies, operational programs and administrative procedures that govern and affect Canada's commercial trade.

The purpose of this engagement is to promote mutually beneficial collaboration between the CBSA and the Canadian commercial trade community on border matters to the benefit of Canada, the Canadian economy and Canada's trade sector.

To this end, the Agency has established the CBSA Border Commercial Consultative Committee (BCCC) with a mandate, membership and procedures as described below.

1. Mandate

Provide a forum for advancing government-industry cooperation on improving commercial processing in a manner that:

  • Optimizes the free flow of legitimate goods and promotes the global competitiveness of Canadian and North American businesses through the efficient management of national, regional and global supply chains, in support of Canadian and North American economic prosperity; while
  • Promoting solutions that reflect the needs and priorities of both the CBSA and the Canadian commercial trade community; and
  • Ensuring supply chain security and compliance with customs laws, regulations and policies.

2. Responsibilities

In carrying out this commitment, the BCCC will:

  • Provide direction by identifying, defining and reviewing on a yearly basis objectives and priorities (i.e. the CBSA-Industry shared agenda) that are aligned with Agency strategic objectives, industry sector priorities, and include other government department (OGD) impacts on CBSA policy, procedures, service availability and service standards;
  • Provide advice on broad strategies and business objectives pertaining to commercial and trade programs and policies;
  • Provide oversight to ensure the sustained effectiveness of the committee and its subordinate groups and the monitoring of achievements against identified objectives; and
  • Discuss any unresolved issues escalated by the Steering Committee regarding the strategies, policies, programs or administrative procedures of the CBSA that affect the processing of commercial goods across Canada's borders.

3. Chair and committee members

  • The Vice-President, Programs Branch, CBSA will chair the committee.
  • Senior executives from the CBSA's Operations Branch and Information, Science and Technology Branch will be standing members of the committee.
  • Each of the Steering Committee's co-chair will sit on the BCCC.
  • Committee membership will be reviewed every two years, or as needed.
  • The Chair will discuss the admission or removal of private sector members to the BCCC with CBSA staff and the Steering Committee; however final authority rests with the Chair.
  • The private sector membership of the Committee will consist of representatives appointed by organizations representing Canada's commercial interests involved in transborder trade activity.
  • Each organization will appoint one regular and one alternate delegate to the Committee. Only one representative from each organization will attend each meeting.
  • Other CBSA executives, government officials, representatives from foreign organizations and special guests may be invited, as required, to attend or to present at committee meetings.

4. Steering Committee

  • A Steering Committee will be established to assist the BCCC in achieving its objectives.
  • The Steering Committee will be responsible to guide, direct and monitor the work of sub-committees and report to the BCCC with advice, recommendations and updates on key activities.
  • The Steering Committee will be co-chaired by a private sector representative and a CBSA representative at the Director-General or Executive Director level.
  • The co-chairs will review the Steering Committee's Terms of Reference, its performance, its effectiveness and that of the sub-committees no later than June of each year.
  • The Steering Committee will meet three times a year, or as otherwise required at the call of the co-chairs.

5. Sub-Committees

  • The committees will establish time-limited, task-oriented sub-committees to focus on specific, technical processes or initiatives and to provide options for possible enhancements.
  • Sub-committees will be co-chaired by a private sector representative and a CBSA representative at the Director level. 
  • Sub-committees will report on their progress in implementing the shared agenda priorities, by using dashboards which the Steering Committee will review at each of its meeting and report on to the BCCC.

6. Procedures

  • The BCCC will meet twice a year, normally in May and October, or as otherwise required at the call of the chair.
  • Reasonable notice of the time and place for meetings will be given in writing to each member, preferably a minimum of one month before the meeting.
  • The agenda and associated material will be sent to each member prior to the time of the meeting, preferably a minimum one week before the meeting.
  • Each meeting will begin with the approval of the previous meeting's Record of Decision and a review of the status of action items from previous meetings.
  • The Steering Committee will escalate to the BCCC unresolved, important issues (i.e. national in scope, strategic in nature, with serious consequences) that require the Chair's support or awareness.
  • A Draft Record of Decision will be circulated within ten days following each meeting.
  • Observers, from both the public and private sector, will be permitted with prior approval of the Chair.
  • The committee will review its Terms of Reference, its performance, its effectiveness and that of the Steering Committee every second year.

7. Administration

  • The CBSA will establish a secretariat to support the work of the committee and of the Steering Committee.
  • The secretariat will ensure action items identified during each meeting are monitored until resolution and decisions are communicated to all affected parties. No action item or shared agenda item will be closed until agreed upon during a BCCC meeting.
  • The secretariat will observe all BCCC, Steering Committee and sub-committee meetings to provide a coordinated approach to sustainable work planning and priority setting, as well as to ensure proper linkages between the various groups.
  • The secretariat will serve as a liaison between the sub-committees, the Steering Committee and the BCCC membership.

Members

  • Association of Canadian Port Authorities, Executive Director
  • Association of International Customs and Border Agencies, President
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Director
  • Canadian Courier & Logistics Association, Regulatory Affairs Manager
  • Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Policy Analyst
  • Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association, National Manager, Customs
  • Canadian Produce Marketing Association, Vice President
  • Canadian Shipowners Association, Director Policy and Regulatory Affairs
  • Canadian Society of Customs Brokers, Vice President
  • Canadian Sufferance Warehouse Association, Manager
  • Canadian Transport Lawyers Association, Lawyer
  • Canadian Trucking Alliance, Vice President
  • Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association, Manager
  • Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance, President and CEO
  • Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia, Vice President
  • Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association of Canada, Executive Director
  • Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, Member
  • Public Border Operators Association, General Manager
  • Railway Association of Canada, Senior Manager
  • Shipping Federation of Canada, Director
  • Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters Inc, President and CEO
  • Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association, Chair, International Trade Committee
  • Global Automakers of Canada, Analyst
  • Livingston International Incorporated, Director
  • Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Customs Manager

Sub-Committees

Cargo and Release

Mandate

The overall mandate of the BCCC Cargo and Release Sub-Committee is to provide members with a consultative forum to discuss issues related to the transformation of the cargo control and release processes.  These consultations will enable the CBSA and the commercial trade community to discuss mutually beneficial approaches to the continued modernization of the commercial continuum, in support of the Agency's goals of securing the border, streamlining and simplifying the border experience.   

Members

  • Canadian Sufferance Warehouse Association
  • Air Canada
  • Canadian Society of Customs Brokers
  • Association of International Customs & Border Agencies
  • Canadian International Freight Forwarders
  • Canadian Courier & Logistics Association
  • Canadian Transport Lawyers Association
  • Canadian Trucking Alliance
  • Chamber of Shipping British Columbia
  • Private Motor Truck Council of Canada
  • Railway Association of Canada
  • Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters Inc.
  • Shipping Federation of Canada

CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM)

Mandate

To discuss and recommend solutions in the design, development and implementation of the CARM Project, which aims to modernize the CBSA's assessment and revenue management programs and systems. This sub-committee will provide external stakeholders with a means to discuss strategies, policies and design issues that may affect revenue assessment and management.

Members

  • Association of International Customs and Border Agencies
  • Canadian Courier and Logistics Association
  • Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association
  • Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
  • Canadian Society of Customs Brokers
  • Canadian Trucking Alliance
  • Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association
  • Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters Inc.       
  • Livingston International Inc.
  • Private Motor Truck Council of Canada
  • Canadian Produce Marketing Association

Note: The activities of the sub-committee are suspended for the duration of the CARM solution procurement process.

Commercial Compliance

Mandate

The ultimate objective of the BCCC Commercial Compliance sub-committee is to provide advice on policies, program plans and tools required for the implementation of the CBSA's commercial compliance program. 

In that context, the sub-committee supports consultation and collaboration between the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and commercial stakeholders on the implementation of the BCCC shared agenda and other issues related to the promotion of compliance, as well as the development and implementation of focused, coordinated, inclusive and cooperative strategies and solutions geared at improving compliance while minimizing costs to industry and to the Agency.  This sub-committee will integrate OGD compliance-related matters in its deliberations and will also consider Small to Medium Enterprise needs.

Unlike the trade compliance program, the commercial compliance activities focus on the activities up to and including release.

Members

  • Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters
  • Canadian Courier and Logistics Association
  • Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association
  • Canadian Produce Marketing Association
  • Livingston International
  • Canadian Society of Customs Brokers
  • Canadian Sufferance Warehouse Association
  • Canadian Vehicle Manufactures Association
  • Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Association of Canadian Port Authorities
  • Owner-Operator Business Association of Canada
  • Association of International Customs and Border Agencies
  • Canadian Trucking Alliance
  • Shipping Federation of Canada
  • Canadian Transport Lawyers Association

Commercial Projects

Mandate

The overall mandate of the BCCC Commercial Projects Sub-Committee is to provide members with a consultative forum to discuss issues related to the design and implementation of the Single Window Initiative, eManifest and other commercial projects.  These consultations will enable the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the commercial trade community to discuss mutually beneficial resolutions to implementation and transition issues in a collaborative manner.

Members

  • Association of International Customs and Border Agencies
  • Canadian Trucking Alliance
  • Canadian Courier & Logistics Association
  • Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters
  • Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association
  • Canadian Society of Customs Brokers
  • Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
  • Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association
  • Canadian Produce Marketing Association
  • Canadian Sufferance Warehouse Association
  • Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia
  • Livingston
  • Shipping Federation of Canada
  • International Air Transport Association
  • Railway Association of Canada

Export

Mandate

To provide a forum for CBSA and industry consultations on export programs. The work of the Subcommittee will concentrate on pursuing two main themes:
Export Program Innovation and Transformation, including implementation of an improved Export System and expansion of benefits for members of Trusted Trader programs; and, Strengthening Program Integrity, including implementing action items from the Export Program Improvement (EPI) Initiative, and the development of an Export Program Framework.

The Export Subcommittee will consider service standards and Trusted Trader programs in all of its deliberations.

Members

  • Association of International Customs and Border Agencies
  • Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters
  • Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association
  • Canadian Courier and Logistics Association
  • Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
  • Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia
  • Private Motor Truck Council of Canada
  • Shipping Federation of Canada
  • International Air Transportation Association
  • Canadian Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Canadian Ship owners Association
  • Canadian Trucking Alliance
  • Canadian Produce Marketing Association

Port of Entry Operations

Mandate

The mandate of the Border Commercial Consultative Committee (BCCC) POE Operations Sub-Committee (hereafter referred to as 'the sub-committee') is to assess, review and recommend processes to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of operations at ports of entry.

The sub-committee reports directly to the BCCC Steering Committee and provides internal and external stakeholders with a communication mechanism to discuss strategies and processes that affect the processing of commercial goods and people into Canada.

It will promote consultation and collaboration between the CBSA and the trade community on matters relating to the effective and efficient operations at CBSA ports of entry, including during periods that contingency processes are invoked for any reason or unexpected emergency events.
The sub-committee will focus on specific, technical processes or initiatives provide options for possible enhancements and work towards the resolution of any issue that may arise.

In recognition of the fact that the sub-committee is the result of a merger between two earlier BCCC sub-committees (Border Wait Times sub-committee and Contingency Planning Working Group) it is mandated to pursue a work plan that is inclusive of elements having previously fallen under the mandate of either of these sub-committees.

Members

  • Nordion Inc.
  • Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
  • Association of International Customs and Border Agencies
  • Public Border Operators Association
  • Livingston International
  • Canadian Transit Company
  • Canadian Trucking Alliance
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Society of Customs Brokers
  • Canadian Produce Marketing Association
  • Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance

System Outages Contingency Plan

Mandate

To make recommendations to the BCCC regarding incident management protocols and procedures to be implemented in the event of various systems outage scenarios.  The recommendations will include modal and non-modal contingency plans, specifics for process flows, timing critical information requirements, transition steps to be followed when returning to EDI post-outage, and will encompass outages relating to reporting (including ACI), interim accounting and release for all types of clients including trusted traders.

The recommendations will also include a communication strategy to keep information flows evergreen and updated in accordance to upcoming initiatives.
The development of contingency plans during systems outages will take into account the service standards and program and operational considerations associated with the trusted traders program.

Members

  • Livingston International
  • Private Motor Truck Council of Canada
  • CrimsonLogic
  • CN Customs Brokerage - CN WorldWide NA
  • Omnitrans
  • Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters Inc
  • FEDEX
  • Canadian Sufferance Warehouse Association
  • Canadian Courier & Logistics Association
  • Association of International Customs and Border Agencies
  • Russell A. Farrow Customs Brokers
  • Hapag-Lloyd (Canada) Inc.
  • Shipping Federation of Canada
  • Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association
  • Canadian Trucking Alliance
  • Canadian Society of Customs Brokers

Trade Compliance and Recourse

Mandate

The primary objective of the BCCC Trade Compliance and Recourse sub-committee is to provide advice on policies, program plans and tools required for the delivery and modernization of the CBSA's trade compliance and recourse programs.  The trade compliance program consists of the verification of tariff classification, origin, valuation, anti-dumping and trade incentives of commercial goods being imported to Canada, as well as the enforcement of the Special Import Measures Act.  Unlike the commercial compliance program, trade compliance and recourse activities occur in a post-border environment where the goods have already been imported.    

In that context, the sub-committee supports consultation and collaboration between the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and trade stakeholders on the implementation of the BCCC shared agenda and other issues related to the promotion of compliance, as well as the development and implementation of focused, coordinated, inclusive and cooperative strategies and solutions geared at improving compliance while facilitating trade and minimizing costs to both the industry and the Agency.  This sub-committee will integrate OGD compliance-related matters in its deliberations and will also consider the needs of subject matter experts.

Members

  • Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association
  • Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters
  • Canadian Society of Customs Brokers
  • Walmart Canada
  • Carrier Enterprise
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Magna International
  • Canadian Produce Marketing Association

Trusted Trader

Mandate

This sub-committee serves as a forum to discuss and examine the many questions related to CBSA trusted traders programs Customs Self Assessment (CSA), Partners in Protection (PIP) and the proposed trusted trader strategy. Topics for discussion will cover questions such as the offshore component to the CSA program, CSA Platinum, the Trusted Trader Strategic Plan, the provision of enhanced benefits for participants in trusted trader programs and the CBSA, and possible cost-saving opportunities for both the CBSA and the Canadian commercial trade community.

The forum will also examine and discuss how best to integrate and align trusted traders programs, where beneficial and appropriate, with related Canadian departments, Agency programs and policies, and similar U.S. programs.

Members

  • Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
  • Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters
  • Global Automakers of Canada
  • Association of International Customs and Border Agencies
  • Canadian Courier & Logistics Association
  • Canadian Society of Customs Brokers
  • Shipping Federation of Canada
  • Private Motor Truck Council of Canada
  • Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association
  • Canadian Trucking Alliance
  • The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Produce Marketing Association
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