US Customs and Border Protection Advisory Group To Launch Blockchain Shipping Proof-of-Concept

An advisory committee for the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has revealed that they are intending to launch a live test of its blockchain-based intellectual property rights proof of concept.

The panel is called Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) and has been monitoring the agency’s blockchain tests and had been expected to submit related recommendations at its quarterly meeting in December. The POC strives to facilitate shipments based on known licensing relationships through the use of blockchain.

Their most recent report says:

“The working group has been active with the current POC on IPR. Since the last in person meeting in March, the working group has progressed through the overall project design, implementation of the initial engineering plan, and integration of Trade and CBP systems. Live testing of the system will start at the end of August and conclude late September.”

The COAC advises the Secretaries of the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the commercial operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and related Treasury and DHS functions. They are involved in three ongoing proof-of-concept projects involving blockchain technology.

This is particularly a remarkable movement towards blockchain adoption because CBP is the largest federal law enforcement agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, and is the country’s primary border control organization.

Just last year, the agency launched a live test of a blockchain-based shipment tracking system. While testing, the agency intended to establish standards of interaction between different blockchains to ensure that all firms and software will be easily connected to customs without the need for additional customization.

In similar news, the Department of Homeland Security is seeking from the private sector solutions that use blockchain to digitally issue and verify licenses, certifications, and other documents related to supply chain security and other issues.

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Author: Sritanshu Sinha

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