President Obama signed an Executive Order on February 19 to streamline the export and import process for manufacturers and other traders doing businesses in the United States. The order aims to reduce procedural and operational processes with the development of the International Trade Data System (ITDS). According to the order, the ITDS is an electronic information exchange "through which businesses will transmit data required by participating agencies for the importation or exportation of cargo." Participating agencies are expected to have the capabilities to utilize the ITDS by December 2016. The order also formally establishes the Border Interagency Executive Council (BIEC). The BIEC is mandated to "develop policies and processes to enhance coordination" among government agencies with import and export responsibilities. The BIEC will also coordinate with industry stakeholders to "improve supply chain management processes, with the goal of promoting economic competitiveness through enhanced trade facilitation and enforcement." These efforts by the Obama administration to reduce red tape for global traders highlights U.S. leadership in implementing the Agreement on Trade Facilitation, which was agreed to at the December 2013 Bali Ministerial of the World Trade Organization but has yet to enter into force.