APEC business Travel Card UK
Letter from Steve Okun, APCAC Chairman, Jan 26, 2013
Dear APCAC Members:
Getting APCAC members the ability to obtain an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) from the U.S. government has been one of our key priorities over the past couple of years. Access to business travel cards will significantly enhance business travel, investment, and trade opportunities for U.S. citizens in the rapidly growing economies in the APEC region.
APCAC, and many chambers individually, have been at the forefront in working with the Congress to ensure passage of legislation that would grant the Department of Homeland Security the authority to issue these cards. This support led to the passage of the legislation signed by President Obama at the APEC summit in Honolulu in late 2011.
Unfortunately, despite the Administration’s focus on the region and the passage of the legislation over a year ago, our U.S. citizen members and all American businesspeople are not yet able to fully enjoy reciprocal rights as US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has not yet established a mechanism to issue the ABTC to eligible U.S. citizens doing business in the APEC region
Since passage of the legislation, APCAC has been working with key members of Congress to urge that the implementing regulations be issued. This was a key message during our Washington Door Knock in June 2012, and our Washington representatives, BGR Group, have been engaged on our behalf pushing this issue.
In and other key members of Congress asking for their continued support and action. We requested that, at the very latest, the ABTC should be up and running by the time of the 2013 APEC Summit in Indonesia.