Executive Order on streamlining export / import process 

February 19: The White House reported today that President Obama signed an Executive Order to streamline the export / import process for U.S. business.

The aim of the Executive Order is to reduce processing and approval times for small businesses that export U.S-made goods and services, by completing the International Trade Data System (ITDS) by December 2016.


  • The ITDS will allow businesses to transmit electronically by a “single-window” government-required data for the import or export of cargo.
  • Once fully implemented, the ITDS will reduce the time and expense for businesses to move containers and goods across borders.

According to a White House release, development of the ITDS has been underway “for some time.” Today’s Executive Order establishes a deadline for its completion; requires relevant agencies to transition from paper-based to electronic data collection; and calls for enhanced transparency by requiring public posting of implementation plans and schedules.


The Executive Order also charges the government to partner with non-government stakeholders to build more efficient business processes and improve border management policies. A newly expanded group—the Border Interagency Executive Council (BIEC)—will be responsible for improving coordination among government agencies with import and export requirements and with outside stakeholders.



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