COAC is an advisory committee established in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. COAC provides advice and makes recommendations to the Secretaries of the Treasury and Homeland Security (DHS) on all matters involving the commercial operations of CBP and related functions. The COAC consists of 20 members who are selected from representatives of the trade or transportation community served by CBP or others who are directly affected by CBP commercial operations and related functions. The members shall represent the interests of individuals and firms affected by the commercial operations of CBP. The members will be appointed by the Secretaries of the Treasury and Homeland Security from candidates recommended by the Commissioner of CBP. In addition, members will represent major regions of the country, and, by statute, not more than ten (10) members may be affiliated with the same political party.
It is expected that, during its upcoming fourteenth two-year term, COAC will consider issues relating to: Global supply chain security and facilitation; CBP modernization and automation; air cargo security; customs broker regulations; trade enforcement; ``One U.S. Government'' approach to exports and to trade and safety of imports; agricultural inspection; revenue collection; and protection of intellectual property rights. The Committee meets at least once each quarter, although additional meetings may be scheduled.