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).



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


Megan Giblin
Customs & Trade Facilitation
202-371-9235 or

Christopher Olsen
Policy & Program Assistant, Washington
202-617-3156 or

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.


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 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.
USCIB Shares its Trade Facilitation Priorities on US/Canada Beyond the Border Action Plan (3/23/2012) - The USCIB Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee recently laid out its priorities on the trade facilitation aspects of the United States – Canada Beyond the Border Action Plan, released by President Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper on December 7, 2011. Click here for USCIB’s statement. Work had been underway on the Action Plan since […]

Read More

News Stories

Giblin Represents Business at World Customs Organization Meetings in Brussels (4/3/2017) - USCIB Director for Customs and Trade Facilitation Megan Giblin joined CompTIA’s Ken Montgomery as the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) authorized delegates to the World Customs Organization (WCO) 59th Harmonized System Committee (HSC) and HS Review Subcommittee (RSC) in Brussels, Belgium from March 15 to 24.
Mulligan Attends London ICC Meeting on Brexit, WTO (4/3/2017) - USCIB’s Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs, Rob Mulligan, represented USCIB at International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) meetings with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the British government on March 23 in London.

Read More

Press Releases

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.
USCIB Welcomes Entry Into Force of WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (2/22/2017) - USCIB applauded the entry into force of the landmark WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, which will reduce the costs of trading across borders and lead to increased U.S. and foreign exports and jobs. 

Read More

Op-Eds and Speeches

The U.S. and Mexico Must Work Together as Neighbors (10/31/2016) - The chairs of USCIB and ICC Mexico have published a joint appeal for the United States and Mexico to work together to address common challenges of trade, immigration and security.
On trade, time for US to play offense (3/9/2015) - The Hill – March 9, 2015 An op-ed by USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson and former Congressman James Bacchus argues that the United States needs to capitalize on changes in global economics and energy markets to go on the offensive and negotiate new, market-opening trade agreements. On trade, time for US to play offense

Read More

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.
Read More

Related Content