An agency official said the US Customs and Border Protection (FDA) would start the actual testing of the tracking tracking system on a blockchain after Labor Day.
As previously reported, CBP plans to test the blocking technology as a "real fire test" as part of removing the paperwork for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) certificates. On Friday, Vincent Annunziato, head of the Business Innovation and Innovation Division, told CoinDesk that the agency had already successfully conducted a pre-test of the system it was developing last year.
The system is currently in the proof phase, he added.
"We are not looking to make sure the system works, but we are looking at a complete framework for technology and regulation," Annunziato said.
The private block chain under development by CBP is expected to duplicate the paper-based systems currently in use and streamline the process for users, reducing the time required for paperwork.
With the new system, the participant in the import transaction will be immediately notified of the procedure.
"Once the supplier submits the data, information is provided to the government as well as brokers and importers."
Data will be entered into "upfront" systems to streamline the entire process of communication, he said. For example, an individual may bring a dog from Germany to the United States. Importers do not need to provide additional documentation if they can guarantee that the dog can provide health messages directly from the German government.
When asked about the security of the new system, Annunziato said it was "of utmost importance" and "should be tested." He believes that the transparency of the new system will not negatively impact competition. "Should a competitor know that another competitor has submitted 10 certificates imported from Mexico or Canada? We think it's okay."
Annunziato did not disclose the name of a specific company that CBP partnered to develop its platform, but the selection of partners was described by the Department of Homeland Security:
"DHS has a corporate bank that can be used for these projects. We get volunteers and the company goes out and chooses from that group."
In other words, he explicitly denied CBP is working with IBM on the project.
Annunziato said the next step would be to test the system for intellectual property rights. CBP is not already on schedule, but we have "volunteers" for the project.
In June, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded a $ 192,380 grant to block-chain the Factom project to support beta testing of the platform for protecting data from Border Patrol cameras and sensors.
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