On January 20th, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) joined a coalition letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson reiterating the importance of the President’s Executive Order on Trade Facilitation and support for a commercially meaningful single window by the 2016 deadline. The letter was signed by 31 associations. On March 15th, Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorka, Chair of the Border Interagency Executive Committee (BIEC) responded, noting “on-time delivery of the ITDS by the December 2016 deadline remains a top DHS priority. Today, over half of ITDS technical capabilities have been successfully deployed and U.S. Customs & Border Protection is on track to complete the remaining core components by July 1, 2015.” He also discussed the next steps, including testing system capabilities in real-work environments, and gradually increasing the volume of goods being processed through the system, as well as ensuring all parties are ready for ACE. The letter is available here.