Customs and Trade Facilitation

What’s At Stake for Business

  • Unnecessary and burdensome barriers to trade can cost companies and national economies billions of dollars.
  • Global convergence and modernization of customs practices are necessary for efficient supply chains.
  • A well-implemented Single Window system will automate processes, reduce paper and duplicative submissions and speed-up the overall movement of goods.
  • The World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) promises to streamline customs processes and procedures, provide increased transparency and predictability and speed the movement of goods across borders around the globe.
  • Representation of USCIB members at quarterly WCO Harmonized System (HSC) and Review Subcommittee (RSC) meetings through our ICC affiliation.

Current Priorities

  • Ratification and robust implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).
  • Effective rollout of the Automated Commercial Environment/International Trade Data System (ACE/ITDS).
  • Full and effective implementation of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (Customs Reauthorization, H.R. 644).
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Chair

James J. (Jerry) Cook
Vice President
Government & Trade Relations
HanesBrands, Inc.

Staff

Megan Giblin
Director
Customs & Trade Facilitation
202-371-9235 or mgiblin@uscib.org

Christopher Olsen
Policy & Program Assistant, Washington
202-617-3156 or colsen@uscib.org

USCIB at Work

Through our international platforms, we build global business and government support for policies that promote vital global value and supply chains:

  • At the WTO, where we are working to move the Trade Facilitation Agreement to ratification.
  • At the WCO, where we represent our members in efforts to secure global classification of products.
  • On Capitol Hill, where we advocate for business on issues such as Customs Reauthorization, de minimis, WTO compliance concerns and more.
  • In Washington, where we regularly meet with USG officials to ensure that U.S. business interests are well reflected, particularly at Commerce, CBP and USTR.

Recent Advocacy Engagement

The Committee is known for its deep technical, subject-matter knowledge on customs and trade facilitation matters and was very active in achieving the passage and signing of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. USCIB also leverages industry expertise and extensive knowledge base by:

  • Advocating on such issues as de minimis, U.S. goods returned, WTO compliance concerns, e-commerce, customs valuation and more.
  • Ensuring forward funding for the completion of ACE/ITDS, supporting CBP as they work to meet 2016 ACEI/TDS deadlines and addressing Partner Government Agency (PGA) implementation issues along the way.
  • Representing the private sector as Co-Chair of the APEC Subcommittee on Customs Procedures Virtual Working Group (VWG) and in the APEC Alliance for Supply Chain Connectivity (A2C2).

Who We Are

The USCIB Customs & Trade Facilitation Committee is composed of USCIB member companies representing a range of business and industry sectors. Advocacy priorities are determined that reflect consensus among the members.

Mission

The Committee promotes the reduction of trade barriers and transaction costs at the border, as well as in customs control practices and advocates for the harmonization of global customs procedures by leveraging various fora and government agencies, including, among others:

  • The World Customs Organization (WCO), through our affiliation with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
  • On Capitol Hill and with the USG, including CBP, USTR and the Department of Commerce.
  • The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

Positions and Statements

USCIB Urges Senate to Confirm Trump Administration Nominees (8/4/2017) - USCIB is among approximately 90 other American business and industry associations to have signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer urging the Senate to take expeditious steps to ensure the timely confirmation of qualified pending nominees to administration positions.
USCIB Statement on Impact of Brexit Vote on ATA Carnet (6/27/2016) - 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.

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News Stories

China Announcement on ATA Carnet May Reduce Trade Deficit (9/26/2017) - A major outcome of these meetings was China’s announcement of an expansion of goods under their Carnet to include professional equipment and commercial samples. While China has yet to announce when they will implement this expansion, Shiles believes this will have a huge impact on U.S. trade.
Shiles to Promote Trade Services at World Chambers Congress (9/18/2017) - The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) kicks off the tenth installment of its biennial World Chambers Congress this week in Sydney, Australia, which will bring over 1,200 delegates from across the globe to discuss challenges impacting the business and chamber communities and to exchange knowledge and expertise while promoting result-oriented innovation. In an ever-changing business climate, the Congress, with its high level speakers, addresses and examines today’s most significant global issues.

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Press Releases

Shiles Joins USCIB as Head of ATA Carnet and Trade Services (5/15/2017) - Former FedEx executive and cargo industry veteran Andrew Shiles has joined the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) to lead the association’s dynamic portfolio of trade services, including the “merchandise passports” used by thousands of exporters around the world to get goods through customs quickly and easily.
Kazakhstan to Begin Accepting “Merchandise Passports” (3/20/2017) - Kazakhstan is set to become the 76th country or customs territory to accept ATA Carnets for the temporary, duty-free importation of various types of goods, beginning April 1, according to the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which administers the ATA system in the United States.

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Op-Eds and Speeches

USCIB’s Customs Chair Writes on Trade, Customs in Adam Smith Project (5/22/2017) - USCIB's Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee Chair and Vice President of Government and Trade Relations at Hanesbrands Jerry Cook recently posted commentary on the Adam Smith Project blog (formerly known as the American Shipper column).
Shiles Joins USCIB as Head of ATA Carnet and Trade Services (5/15/2017) - Former FedEx executive and cargo industry veteran Andrew Shiles has joined the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) to lead the association’s dynamic portfolio of trade services, including the “merchandise passports” used by thousands of exporters around the world to get goods through customs quickly and easily.

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Staff Contact:   Megan Giblin

Director, Customs and Trade Facilitation
Tel: 202.371.9235

Megan Giblin manages USCIB’s work on customs policy, and provides support on trade and investment policy, handling issue management, policy development, and staff support for USCIB committees and working groups. Additionally, she serves as an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) representative to the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized Systems Committee.
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