US Small Business Speaks Up for Global Trade

tradematters_world_technologyInternational trade has gotten a bad rap in the U.S. electoral campaign and elsewhere around the world. Pushing back against the misconceptions around global trade is a key focus of the #TradeMatters campaign from the International Chamber of Commerce. A key feature of the campaign are testimonials from entrepreneurs and small business owners around the world explaining why trade matters to them, and how governments could make cross-border trade easier for small business.

World Technology Corporation, a New York-based exporter of environmentally friendly technologies, was recently featured in the campaign. Peter Tierney, the company’s managing director, said in his contribution to the campaign: “Exporting has helped our company stabilize its sales and provided a financial cushion during the last recession. People say what we do – exporting – is risky. We believe that not exporting in today’s global economy is a much riskier position to take.”

You can view World Technology’s posting on the ICC website here.

Privacy Shield

Cyber security concept with lockThe United States Council for International Business (USCIB) advances the global interests of American business both at home and abroad.  It is the American affiliate of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD, and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE).  As such, it has agreed to act as a trusted third party on behalf of the European Union (EU) Data Protection Authorities.

Background

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information transferred from EU member countries to companies in the United States, requires that participating U.S. companies have in place appropriate independent recourse mechanism/s (IRMs) for dispute resolution.  Any company may choose the EU Data Protection Authorities (EU DPAs) to serve as an IRM for dispute resolution; however, any company that wishes to cover ‘human resources data’ (i.e., personal information about employees, past or present, collected in the context of the employment relationship) under its Privacy Shield self-certification must use the EU DPAs as the IRM for that category of data.

For all companies who have chosen the EU DPAs to serve as an IRM for dispute resolution (i.e., have agreed to participate in the dispute resolution procedures of the panel established by the EU DPAs to resolve disputes pursuant to the Privacy Shield Principles), an annual fee must be paid to United States Council for International Business in the amount of US $50.00 to cover the operating costs of the EU DPAs’ dispute resolution panel. 

Payment to USCIB

You may use the following link to pay $50 to cover the operating costs of the EU DPAs dispute resolution panel — http://privacyshield.uscib.org/.  A company’s payment of this fee to USCIB does not obviate the need for that company to self-certify its commitment to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework.  Information concerning the self-certification process under the Privacy Shield program administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce is available on the Department’s Privacy Shield website: https://www.privacyshield.gov/ .  For detailed questions concerning the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, please contact the Department’s Privacy Shield Team at https://www.privacyshield.gov/assistance .

Brazil Set to Accept ATA Carnets, “Merchandise Passports”

New York, N.Y., July 7, 2016 – The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) welcomed the news that Brazil has begun accepting ATA Carnets as of June 28. ATA Carnets are international customs documents that allow goods to temporarily enter signatory countries tax- and duty-free.

Brazil has become the 75th member to join the ATA Carnet system, which was founded in 1961 by the World Customs Organization to encourage global trade by reducing barriers caused by national customs regulations. Also known as “Merchandise Passports,” Carnets allow for temporary duty-free imports of goods generally qualified for use in trade shows or as commercial samples and professional equipment. At present, Brazil is accepting Carnets for trade shows and professional equipment. The Confederação Nacional da Indústria (National Confederation of Industry) has become Brazil’s national guaranteeing association for the Carnet system.

“This is fantastic news,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson. “Brazil is one of America’s largest trade partners, and we are delighted to welcome Brazil as the newest member of the ATA Carnet family. We look forward to working with CNI as our counterpart national guaranteeing association in Brazil to further expand trade between our countries.”

USCIB administers the Carnet system in the United States under a set of conditions established by the World Chambers Federation, a division of the International Chamber of Commerce. Find out more about the services offered by USCIB to facilitate cross-border trade and investment at www.uscib.org.

More on USCIB’s Trade Services

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, VP communications, USCIB
+1 212.703.5043 or jhuneke@uscib.org

About USCIB:
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More information is available at www.uscib.org.

USCIB Statement on Impact of Brexit Vote on ATA Carnet

Last week’s UK vote to leave the European Union has spurred many questions regarding the country’s future trade and treaty commitments, including the ATA Carnet system for temporary imports. At this time, the UK remains a member of the EU, and the process for leaving the bloc has not yet begun. We have no indication of any changes affecting the use of ATA Carnets in the UK, or in the EU as a whole, for the foreseeable future.

The earliest Brexit could take effect is two years after a treaty mechanism has been triggered. The latter part of 2018 is considered the most likely date at the moment.

“In the meantime members of the chain can continue to issue ATA Carnets for the UK as part of the EU in exactly the same way as they do now.  The UK will continue issuing exactly as present as well.” said Peter Bishop, deputy chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

As the U.S. National Guaranteeing Association for the global ATA Carnet system, USCIB is monitoring the situation closely, working with ICC and affected parties including our ATA Carnet Service Providers. We will provide updates as new information becomes available.

World Trade Week NYC Celebrates the Big Apple’s Export Success Stories

At the May 16 World Trade Week NYC kickoff awards breakfast, Lucy Ambrosino of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (speaking) and USCIB’s Cynthia Duncan (at right) were honored for their contributions to the annual World Trade Week NYC celebrations over the past 10-plus years. Joe Schoonmaker (left), chair of the New York District Export Council, presented the awards.
At the May 16 World Trade Week NYC kickoff awards breakfast, Lucy Ambrosino of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (speaking) and USCIB’s Cynthia Duncan (at right) were honored for their contributions to the annual World Trade Week NYC celebrations over the past 10-plus years. Joe Schoonmaker (left), chair of the New York District Export Council, presented the awards.

The third week of each May, in cities across the country, business groups and the trade community come together to celebrate World Trade Week and our common cause of promoting and facilitating international trade in the U.S. economy. As in years past, USCIB joined with others in the New York metropolitan area to organize World Trade Week NYC. The week got off with a bang at the International Trade Awards Breakfast, held on the campus of Baruch College.

Co-chaired by Molly Campbell, port director with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Chuck Ludmer, principal with Cohn Reznick, the breakfast saw awards presented to a diverse array of local businesses, many experiencing their first flush of export success, and to individuals who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to global trade.

Among the latter were USCIB’s Cynthia Duncan, who for many years headed our ATA Carnet Service and served as a member of the New York District Export Council. Duncan was honored along with Lucy Ambrosino of the Port Authority with the World Trade Week NYC/NY DEC Appreciation Award. Both women have been instrumental in organizing highly successful World Trade Week celebrations for more than a decade.

The awards breakfast featured remarks by Under Secretary of Commerce Stefan Selig as well as Maria Torres-Springer, president of New York City Economic Development Corporation. For a full list of award winners and information on other World Trade Week NYC events, visit www.worldtradeweeknyc.org.

USCIB Receives President’s Award for Exporting Excellence

L-R: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Derek Leite, USCIB’s director of Trade Services
L-R: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Derek Leite, USCIB’s director of Trade Services

On May 16, USCIB was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce as one of 123 organizations to receive the President’s “E” Award for exporting excellence during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker honored USCIB during the ceremony for our work as an advocate of open markets and promoter of U.S. exports. Derek Leite, USCIB’s director of Trade Services, was on hand to receive the honors.

“USCIB has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion,” said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the organization. “The “E” Awards Committee was very impressed with USCIB’s dedication to promoting international trade. The organization’s innovative work to implement the ATA Carnet was also particularly notable. USCIB’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”

In addition to USCIB’s policy work promoting growth, jobs and open markets, USCIB is the National Guaranteeing Association for the ATA Carnet, a customs document under which merchandise can be temporarily imported duty-free into the United States and many other countries. USCIB also offers a number of services designed to facilitate cross-border trade and investment. Learn more about USCIB’s Trade Services.

“This is a period of expanding use of ATA Carnets by U.S. companies,” said Leite at the award ceremony. “This spurs U.S. exports worldwide, and helps to smooth the flow of global commerce. We would like to thank our ATA Carnet issuing providers, Boomerang Carnets and Roanoke Trade, for their persistent efforts to help grow ATA Carnet usage in the United States and around the world.”

Read the press release by the U.S. Department of Commerce

USCIB Recognized with Presidential-Level Export Award

New York-based United States Council for International Business honored as one of 123 companies nationwide for success in exporting and export service

This press release was issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce

L-R: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Derek Leite, USCIB’s director of Trade Services
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker (left) presents the President’s “E” Award to Derek Leite, USCIB’s director of trade services.

New York, N.Y., May 16, 2016 –  United States Council for International Business (USCIB) was recognized today as one of 123 companies and organizations to receive the President’s “E” Award for exporting excellence during a ceremony in Washington, D.C..

Honoring USCIB was Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker for their work as an advocate of open markets and promoter of U.S. exports. Derek Leite, USCIB’s director of Trade Services, was on hand to receive the honors from the Secretary.

“USCIB has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion,” said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company. “The “E” Awards Committee was very impressed with USCIB’s dedication to promoting international trade. The organization’s innovative work to implement the ATA Carnet was also particularly notable. USCIB’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”

The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“This is a period of expanding use of ATA Carnets by U.S. companies,” said Leite. “This spurs U.S. exports worldwide, and helps to smooth the flow of global commerce. We would like to thank our ATA Carnet issuing providers, Boomerang Carnets and Roanoke Trade, for their persistent efforts to help grow ATA Carnet usage in the United States and around the world.”

Carmela Mammas, director of the U.S. Commercial Service New York, said this type of recognition highlights how hard businesses and organizations in The Empire State are working to be successful in a globalized economy.

“Congratulations to the United States Council for International Business on their well-deserved “E” Award,” said Mammas. “USCIB has played a crucial role in strengthening and growing our economy by providing export promotion services to the business community. They should be proud of this extraordinary achievement.”

The “E” Award ceremony is one of the highlights of World Trade Month, a month-long celebration of the benefits that U.S. exports bring to national, state, and local economies through job creation and growth.

About USCIB:
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More information is available at www.uscib.org.

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, VP communications, USCIB
+1 212.703.5043 or jhuneke@uscib.org

Saipan

 

  

Saipan

Saipan is a protectorate of United States. Their Customs is not administered by US Customs and Border Protection. We do not guarantee Carnets for Saipan. Contact Saipan local customs office before obtaining an ATA Carnet.

For further information, contact Saipan Port of Entry at: (670) 288-0026 and visit https://www.cbp.gov/contact/ports/saipan-cnmi.

Madeira

 

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Madeira

Accepts ATA Carnets for:

  • Commercial Samples
  • Exhibitions and Fairs
  • Professional Equipment

Visit MADEIRA Customs at: http://www.dgaiec.min-financas.pt/pt

 

Camara de Comercio e Industria Portuguesa

Palácio do Comércio
Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 89
1169-022 Lisboa, Portugal

Tel: (351-21) 322.4065
Fax: (351-21) 322.4052

E-mail: fsf@port-chambers.com

WWW Site: http://www.ccip.pt/

 

Special Considerations

We are unaware of specific requirements for Carnet use in the Madeira.

Azores

 

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Azores

Accepts ATA Carnets for:

  • Commercial Samples
  • Exhibitions and Fairs
  • Professional Equipment

Visit AZORES Customs at: http://www.dgaiec.min-financas.pt/pt

 

Camara de Comercio e Industria Portuguesa

Palácio do Comércio
Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 89
1169-022 Lisboa, Portugal

Tel: (351) 21 322 4050
Fax: (351) 21 322 4052

E-mail: bmm@ccip.com

WWW Site: http://www.ccip.pt/

 

Special Considerations

We are unaware of specific requirements for Carnet use in the Azores.