The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has appointed the Director of Global Logistics Policy at Pfizer, Anthony Barone, as chair of its Committee on Customs and Trade Regulations. Having served as vice-chair of the Committee for one year, Mr. Barone will be able to further facilitate the committee’s advancement with his newly appointed title.
In his new role, Mr. Barone is set to advance the committee’s work program and expedite the advancement of new policies. The committee’s work focuses on customs reform, with the aim of simplifying and harmonizing customs policies and procedures so as to overcome barriers to trade.
Mr. Barone draws on extensive experience in the field of customs and trade. He was a consultant in international logistics and trade finance before joining Pfizer, the world’s largest research based bio-pharmaceutical firm, in 2001. He also held senior positions in third party logistics industry and with supply chain IT providers. Mr. Barone is currently a member of the New Jersey Export District Council of the US Department of Commerce. He graduated from Columbia University with an MBA in Management.
With Mr. Barone’s leadership, ICC is hosting a Symposium on Trade Facilitation June 13-14 in Mexico City, Mexico. The symposium aims to bring together representatives of the private sector and customs administrations to discuss the most significant and practical issues related to trade facilitation, such as challenges of global supply chains, globally networked customs, balancing security and trade facilitation, trusted trader programs, resolving the conflict between tax and customs valuations, counterfeiting and piracy in customs, integrated border management, and emerging market issues, to name a few. Several members of the USCIB Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee, including Mr. Barone, will be speakers at the symposium including John Bescec (Microsoft), Eugene Laney (DHL), William Methenitis (Ernst & Young), and Todd R. Smith (KPMG).
In addition to the work of the ICC Customs and Trade Regulations Committee, the USCIB Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee has been tracking recent developments in Argentina, particularly the implementation of measures taken by the Government of Argentina to limit the entry of U.S. and other foreign-sourced products and services into that market. USCIB, along with several other organizations, sent a letter to USTR Ron Kirk and Deputy Assistant to President Obama Michael Froman, expressing concerns over the gravity of these measures, and pledging support to the U.S. government and partners in their effort to address the issues that are being faced in Argentina. ICC also recently sent a letter to the Government of Argentina requesting reconsideration of General Resolution 3252/2012, the Advance Import Affidavit that went into effect on February 1, 2012. USCIB has also continued engaging with the U.S. and Canadian governments on the U.S.-Canada Beyond the Border Action Plan, released by President Obama and Prime Minister Harper on December 7, 2011. USCIB has shared its priorities on the trade facilitation aspects of the Action Plan with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Canadian Border Services Agency, Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast, and Special Assistant to President Obama, Patty Cogswell.
Staff Contact: Kristin Isabelli