Supply Chain Security and Recovery (Jointly coordinated by Canada and the U.S.)
2. Terms of Reference (from FAL 37/17, paragraph 8.38)
8.38 The Committee established the Correspondence Group on Ensuring security in and facilitating international trade by means of guidance on measures toward enhancing maritime trade recovery related to the global supply chain system and maritime conveyances, under the coordination of Canada and the United States.
The Correspondence Group, taking into account the discussions during C 106 and FAL 37, in particular related to documents FAL 37/8/2, FAL 37/8/3 and FAL 37/INF.4, should:
.1 collect information on practices, processes and activities to enhance the mitigation of and recovery from serious disruptions to the international maritime supply chain;
.2 identify relevant WCO and ISO standards and guidelines for their utility for maritime shipping;
.3 investigate and provide analysis on information gathered under (.1) and (.2), which may include:
.1 information elements critical to resilience and recovery efforts,
.2 communication mechanisms among governments and non-governmental parties for resilience and recovery planning and response, and
.3 recommendations for the development of industry support groups to assist in planning and prioritizing resilience and recovery efforts in advance of and after a disruption; and
.4 prepare and submit a report of the Correspondence Group together with the draft guidance to FAL 38 for consideration.
3. Plan/Supplementary information
A. Analysis and collection of relevant practices, standards and activities including World Customs Organization and International Organization for Standardization standards.
B. Based on analysis, develop voluntary guidelines for Maritime Trade Recovery.
4. Reference Documents
This Correspondence Group is jointly coordinated by The United States and Canada. Both the US and Canada have sought input during this intersessional period through a series of comments periods. The final opportunity to comment will likely take place for this intersessional period in late Nov/early Dec 2012. The Correspondence Group report must be submitted by the United States to the IMO Secretariat no later than 04 Jan 2013 (per FAL 38/1 Provisional Agenda).
5. Draft Correspondence Group Materials
6. Correspondence Group Report