International Chamber of Commerce Prepares to Launch Incoterms® 2020

Paris and New York, April 22, 2019 – The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is preparing for the publication of Incoterms® 2020, an update of the renowned regulations that define the responsibilities of buyers and sellers operating in the international trade system, according to ICC’s American national committee, the United States Council for International Business (USCIB).

Facilitating trillions of dollars in global trade each year, the “international commercial terms,” or Incoterms® rules, are a commonly accepted set of definitions and rules governing commercial trade activity.

“The revised Incoterms® rules will have a direct impact on traders throughout the United States and the world,” according to USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson. “It will be important for everyone involved in cross-border business to familiarize themselves with the changes. We will be working to educate our members and the business community at large on the most important changes.”

Nearly a century ago, following a series of studies conducted in the 1920s, the Paris-based ICC concluded that there was a need for the creation of a common protocol for importers and exporters everywhere. The first set of Incoterms® rules was published by ICC in 1936. Since then, ICC has periodically revised the Incoterms® rules to reflect changes in the international trade system.

For the past decade, Incoterms® 2010 has provided critical guidance to importers, exporters, lawyers, transporters and insurers across the world. ICC is preparing for the official release of Incoterms® 2020 later this year.

USCIB said that, joining with ICC chapters around the world, it plans to roll out training programs and seminars alongside the worldwide publication of the new terms.

“Now more than ever, participants in the global trading system require guidance and clarity,” Robinson said. “With the emergence of new technologies, government policies, and environmental regulations, Incoterms® 2020 will provide a common framework for the future of trade.”

USCIB has established a central information page on its website for all the latest developments surrounding the introduction of Incoterms® 2020. Go to uscib.org/about-incoterms-2020 for more information.

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, generating $5 trillion in annual revenues and employing over 11 million people worldwide. As the U.S. affiliate of several leading international business organizations, including ICC, 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, USCIB
jhuneke@uscib.org, +1 212.703.5043

 

Business Guide to Trade and Investment, Vol. 2

Business Guide to Trade and Investment
Volume 2 – International Investment
by Arthur E. Appleton and Patrick F.J. Macrory

Focusing on Investment, this book provides an overview of rules applicable to making and protecting foreign investments. It will enable the business community, in-house counsel, and government counsel to better understand the types of protection provided by international investment agreements and investment contracts, as well as the range of issues that arise in the arbitration of investment disputes.

With contributions from 25 legal experts, the book addresses:

  • preliminary issues that an organisation contemplating making a foreign investment must consider;
  • sources of investors’ rights with respect to their investments;
  • the substance of investors’ rights;
  • important jurisdictional issues;
  • the process of investor-state dispute settlement.

User Friendly

Throughout the book, business guidance can be found in shaded boxes. Case descriptions and brief legal analyses appear in text boxes. Legal references and cases are provided in endnotes that follow each chapter.

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Business Guide to Trade and Investment Vol 2

ICC Publication No. 795E
Paperback, 2018 Edition
Pages: 216
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-92-842-0477-9

Incoterms® 2020

Incoterms® 2020
ICC Official Rules for the Interpretation of Trade Terms

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The first Incoterms® rules were released in 1936 by the International Chamber of Commerce.  They caused a sensation in the business world by bringing coherence to a commercial and judicial system that changed from country to country. ICC’s Incoterms® help traders avoid misunderstandings and disputes by clarifying the costs, risks, and the allocation of certain responsibilities of buyers and sellers in contracts for the sale of goods.

Incoterms® 2020 continues an 80-year ICC tradition and reflects the latest developments in commercial practice and updates, and consolidates some of the former rules. Changes made to the rules have been made to adapt the terms to new developments in world trade.

The updated Incoterms® 2020 will be released in Fall 2019, with implementation starting on January 1, 2020.

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Incoterms® 2020

USCIB Lays Out Priorities for WTO Modernization

Washington, D.C., March 13, 2019 – Responding to this week’s hearing in the Senate Finance Committee on the future of the World Trade Organization, the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents America’s most successful global companies, has submitted a business roadmap for the WTO laying out priorities for the organization’s modernization.

“The continued existence and effectiveness of the WTO is vital to U.S. business,” stated USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson and USCIB Trade and Investment Committee Chair Charles R. Johnston in their transmittal letter.

“The WTO is a cornerstone of the global rules-based trading system and has helped spread growth and development for decades. The WTO’s existing agreements, such as those on intellectual property rights, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and technical barriers to trade, provide practical commercial benefits for business because they establish global frameworks of rules designed to facilitate international trade.”

USCIB’s roadmap focuses on addressing subsidies and other market-distorting support provided to state-owned enterprises, the establishment of new rules for current issues such as digital trade and customs processes on electronic transmissions, and ensuring a properly functioning appellate body, among other issues.

The statement notes that the U.S. has been a major beneficiary of the WTO’s dispute settlement system, bringing and winning more cases than any other WTO member. “In fact, the U.S. has prevailed in over 90% of the complaints it filed,” USCIB observed.

USCIB urged WTO members to actively solicit the views of the business community, which undertakes the vast majority of cross-border trade and investment that is impacted by WTO rules. “The private sector has a direct stake in the rules that will be the outcome of the government-to-government discussions and, accordingly, private sector comments and recommendations should be actively solicited and given careful consideration,” the statement said.

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, generating $5 trillion in annual revenues and employing over 11 million people worldwide. As the U.S. affiliate of the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organization of Employers and Business at OECD, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More at www.uscib.org.

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

 

Users’ Handbook for Documentary Credits under UCP 600

Users’ Handbook for Documentary Credits under UCP 600
By Walter (Buddy) Baker, John F. Dolan

Users’ Handbook for Documentary Credits under UCP 600 is designed to serve as an introduction to users of documentary credits, that is, to sellers and buyers who seek to increase their access to cross-border markets. It strives to demonstrate the way commercial parties and bankers have used this remarkable commercial device, the documentary credit, to achieve their objectives.

The Users’ Handbook is divided into five parts:

  • Part One is a brief discussion of international sales and transport.
  • Part Two explains the banking industry’s crucial role in documentary credit transactions and illustrates many of the transactions in which commercial parties utilize the documentary credit.
  • Part Three explains the way documents control the payment function of the documentary credit.
  • Part Four introduces the all-important feature of the documentary credit – the ways it opens financing options to sellers, which can then extend credit to buyers.
  • Part Five introduces the standby credit and illustrates its role in cross-border transactions.

Users’ Handbook also contains a handy glossary of international trade terms for easy reference.

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ICC Publication No. 694
Paperback, 2008 Edition
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-92-842-0043-6

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Commentary on UCP 600

Commentary on UCP 600
Article-by-Article Analysis by the UCP 600 Drafting Group

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has established rules on documentary credits worldwide for more than 70 years. UCP 600, the latest version of ICC’s universally used rules on documentary credits, came into effect on July 1, 2007.

Members of the Drafting Group that developed the new UCP have produced an article-by-article commentary on the rules. Commentary on UCP 600, which reflects the Group’s personal views, explains their rationale behind the changes in the rules and clarifies the general principles that underlie them.

The Drafting Group’s Commentary on the UCP 600 examines each of the 39 articles of the new UCP. Each article and sub-article is analyzed under four different topics:

  • the text of the article or subarticle
  • the key changes from UCP 500
  • the commentary explaining the rationale for the new language
  • the cross references to other articles in UCP 600

Practical, compact and easy to read, Commentary on UCP 600 will be a reference book of choice for students and users of the new UCP.

Issues:
Commentary on UCP 600 frankly addresses the contentious issues in the new rules, among them:

  • the term on their face and why it was dropped in all but one UCP article
  • the removal of the words reasonable time
  • the language allowing discounting of deferred payment credits
  • the new article on definitions, containing terms such as honour and negotiation

On these and other key points, Commentary on UCP 600 provides an invaluable insight into the thinking of those who drafted the new UCP.

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ICC Publication No. 680
Paperback, 2007 Edition
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-92-842-0015-3

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Application of ATA Carnet System Expands in China

New York, N.Y., January 23, 2019 – China has significantly expanded its use of ATA Carnets for the temporary, duty-free importation of various types of goods. As of January 9, the country is now accepting the widely used “merchandise passports” for professional equipment and product samples, according to the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which administers the ATA system in the United States.

Previously the country honored ATA Carnets just for goods destined for trade shows and exhibitions. China also extended the period for which goods may be brought into the country under ATA Carnets to a full year, from six months as had previously been the case.

“We expect China’s decision to accept Carnets for the full range of uses to significantly expand American exports to the country,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson. “Carnet usage is often a leading indicator of future exports, and this move will make the process of getting goods to and from the country much smoother.”

ATA Carnets are internationally recognized customs documents that allow for the temporary importation of various types of goods, duty-free and tax-free, generally for up to one year. They are used by a wide variety of exporters and businesses as a simple, cost-effective means of moving goods temporarily to 78 countries and customs territories around the world. Additional information on developments related to the use of ATA Carnets in China is available on USCIB’s website here.

The worldwide ATA Carnet system is overseen by the World Customs Organization and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), for which USCIB serves as the American national committee. Find out more about the services offered by USCIB to facilitate cross-border trade and investment at www.uscib.org.

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

About USCIB:
The United States Council for International Business (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, generating $5 trillion in annual revenues and employing over 11 million people worldwide.

As the U.S. affiliate of several leading international business organizations, including ICC, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide. USCIB also works to facilitate international trade and investment. It is the U.S. national guaranteeing association for ATA Carnets, which enable the temporary export of many types of goods, free of import duties or taxes, for up to one year.

WATAC Raises Awareness About Carnets Among Indian Exports and Customs

USCIB Senior Vice President and CFO Declan Daly, who oversees USCIB’s ATA Carnet department, attended the meetings.
WATAC discussed and reviewed the operation and administration of the ATA Carnet System in member countries with the aim of spreading awareness about ATA Carnet among Indian exports and Indian customs.

 

Meetings of the World ATA Carnet Council (WATAC), were held in Jaipur, India on November 15-16 at Hotel Jai Mahal Palace and SMS Convention Centre respectively. USCIB Senior Vice President and CFO Declan Daly, who oversees USCIB’s ATA Carnet department, attended the meetings. WATAC discussed and reviewed the operation and administration of the ATA Carnet System in member countries with the aim of spreading awareness about ATA Carnet among Indian exports and Indian customs.

“Being that this was my first WATAC meeting, it was a great opportunity to meet member colleagues from all around the world,” said Daly.

The meeting was jointly organized by WATAC, which is part of the International Chamber of Commerce, and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry under the aegis of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), which is part of India’s ministry of finance.

The ATA Carnet is the global gold standard for temporary admissions under the auspices of the World Customs Organization. ATA Carnets are international tools of trade facilitation, which serve as a temporary export-import documentation. The ATA System is in place in 87 countries and territories, and provides duty-free and tax-free imports on goods that will be re-exported within 12 months.

Remembering Bruce Wilson, Who Grew USCIB’s ATA Carnet Service

Bruce Wilson

USCIB members, friends and staff are mourning the loss of Bruce Wilson, an innovator in international trade, logistics and insurance who headed USCIB’s ATA Carnet department for more than a decade. Wilson passed away on October 17 at age 87.

“Bruce Wilson was a big part of my life and that of the USCIB,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson. “We learned a lot from his acumen, business sense and creativity.”

ATA Carnets are international customs documents than enable the temporary, duty-free importation of numerous types of products – including goods for trade shows and product demonstrations, as well as professional equipment – to scores of countries and customs territories for up to one year. The worldwide ATA Carnet system is overseen by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the World Customs Organization (WCO).

Joining USCIB as director of Carnet operations in 1987, Wilson helped to significantly expand and strengthen the organization’s role as the U.S. national guaranteeing association in the worldwide ATA Carnet system. The company he founded, Corporation for International Business, serves as one of two recognized USCIB service providers for ATA Carnets (the other is Roanoke Insurance Group, Inc.).

Wilson traveled extensively, representing USCIB at ICC and WCO gatherings, developing a deep understanding of both North American and international surety markets. One of his many accomplishments at USCIB was the development and implementation of a bilateral agreement between the United States and Taiwan, Province of China that mirrors the ATA Carnet system, thereby opening Taiwan to additional U.S trade and trade promotion.

“Bruce helped and mentored many people around him,” said Glendy Sung, USCIB’s director of Carnet operations. “His impact on others was exceptional.”

Darren Maynard, who has worked for several years with USCIB on the global development of the ATA Carnet system, added: “It is a significant loss to the Carnet world. Bruce helped shape the industry into what it is today.”

Wilson is survived by his wife Kathleen; a son Curt; daughters Leslie August and Moira; his former wife, Kathryn M. Hamann; and grandsons Nikolai, Henry, Chuck and Harrison.

Memorial services will be held on November 10 at Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 149 West Main Street in Barrington, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Wilson’s name to The Salvation Army, Chicago Metropolitan Division or to Save the Children.

Business Guide to Trade and Investment

Business Guide to Trade and Investment
Volume 1 – International Trade
by Arthur E. Appleton and Patrick F.J. Macrory

Volume 1 of this series introduces business interests to the international and regional rules applicable to trade in goods and services, as well as to aspects of trade such as intellectual property rights and dispute settlement. Businesses that have an understanding of the history of the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) will find it easier to appreciate how they can benefit economically from the international trade regime.

Volume 1 covers the following subject areas:

  • Introduction to the world trading system, economic and political benefits of trade, structure and functioning of the WTO
  • Fundamental rules governing international trade
  • Customs issues including how customs authorities determine the amount of duties due on imports
  • Non-tariff barriers
  • WTO rules relating to subsidies
  • How industries can obtain relief from imports causing them harm
  • Rules applicable to trade in agricultural goods
  • Government procurement
  • Export Controls and Sanctions
  • Rules applicable to Trade in Services, IP rights
  • How disputes are settled in the WTO and regional trade agreements

The book also includes case studies showing how particular industries have used the rules to open foreign markets or to protect themselves from injurious imports.

The authors have worked hard to simplify the complex and technical subjects of trade and investment to make them more accessible. Technical subjects have been broken down into readily understandable language. Business guidance is provided in the form of Shaded Tip Boxes, as well as legal details in Text Boxes.

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ICC Publication No. 781E
Paperback, 2017 Edition
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-92-842-0377-2

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