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CUSTOMS TEAM READY FOR MOD ACT

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Commissioner of Customs George Weise today announced the creation of a team to initiate and coordinate Customs efforts to implement legislation to modernize the agency.
 The Customs Modernization and Informed Compliance Act, developed to streamline and automate Customs commercial operations, will require extensive changes in Customs regulations, systems and procedures.
 "Secretary of the Treasury Bentsen and I remain optimistic that the Customs Modernization and Informed Compliance Act will be enacted into law this year," Weise said. "Of course, our goal is not merely passage of the legislation, but also a smooth and expeditious implementation of its many innovative provisions.
 "Designing the operational, automation and regulatory changes necessitated by the Mod Act will be a major undertaking for Customs and the trade," Weise continued. "In view of the size of this task and our confidence in the bill's ultimate passage, I have decided to create a Mod Act Implementation Team and begin that process now."
 The team, which will expedite implementation once the legislation is passed, will be headed by John Durant, director of the Commercial Rulings Division of Customs' Office of Regulations and Rulings. Durant has been extensively involved in the development of the legislation.
 "This team will work to ensure that Custom's internal implementation plans are coordinated effectively and reflect the extensive input from the trade community," Weise said. "We look forward to working with our partners in the trade community in order to accomplish our goal."
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 /CONTACT: John Durant, Commercial Rulings Division, U.S. Customs Service, 202-482-6990/


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