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.

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

ICC Guide to Export/Import 2018

ICC Guide to Export/Import 2018
Global Business Standards & Strategies
By Guillermo C. Jimenez

Now in its 5th edition, this Guide has introduced a generation of international trade professionals to the essential rules and standard practices of the export import trade.

This thoroughly-revised edition includes up-to-date coverage of such crucial topics as:

  • Export Contracts
    Which documents are used to create and fulfill an export import contract?
    How do you properly use a pro forma invoice, purchase order, bill of lading, letter of credit, etc.?
  • Incoterms® 2010 rules
    Which Incoterms® rules are currently valid and which have been ruled obsolete?
    Which Incoterms® rules are used for general transport and which for maritime transport?
  • Dispute Resolution and ADR
    What is the difference between international litigation and international commercial arbitration? How do parties agree to arbitration under the ICC International Court of Arbitration (ICA)?
    What are the procedures at the ICA?
  • UCP 600
    What rules apply to letters of credit?
    What about standby letters of credit?
    Demand guarantees?
    What special rules apply to electronic documents and electronic letters of credit?
  • International Transport
    What different types of transport service providers are available for export import?
    What is the difference between a freight forwarder and a consolidator or NVOCC?
    How do you properly insure cargo for maximum coverage?
  • International Business Contracts
    How do you negotiate an international agency, distributorship, franchise, or trademark licensing contract?
    What are the ICC Model Contracts?
    What other international business contracts should you understand?
  • E-Commerce
    What do exporters and importers need to know about the Internet and e-commerce?
  • Intellectual Property
    How do exporters and importers protect their intellectual property rights internationally?

ICC Publication No. 790E, 5th Edition
Paperback, 2018 Edition
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-92-842-0423-6

Shiles Joins USCIB as Head of ATA Carnet and Trade Services

Andrew Shiles

New York, N.Y., May 16, 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.

As senior vice president of ATA Carnet and trade services, Shiles will work to expand U.S. trade interests through promotion of the ATA Carnet program. ATA Carnets are internationally recognized customs documents that permit temporary duty-free, tax-free entry of qualified goods for up to one year. They are used widely to facilitate entry of goods for trade shows, product samples and professional equipment.

“Andy Shiles brings extensive experience to this position,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson. “He has in-depth knowledge of trade and customs affairs, including ATA Carnet, and relationships with clients ranging from multinational corporations to SMEs to freight forwarders. In addition, Andy has strong connections with U.S. Customs, and has engaged in a number of important industry trade associations.”

USCIB manages and guarantees the ATA Carnet system in the United States, with responsibility for issuing ATA Carnets falling to two outside service providers, Roanoke Trade and the Corporation for International Business. ATA Carnets are accepted in 84 countries and territories, while the global ATA systems is overseen by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). USCIB serves as ICC’s American national committee.

Shiles comes to USCIB following more than 30 years at FedEx Express, the world’s largest air express cargo company, most recently as global regulatory compliance manager, where he served on USCIB’s Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee. His leadership experience in global supply-chain management includes participation in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Simplified Entry Working Group, which redesigned and implemented the current entry-clearance process into the United States.

Shiles also has extensive experience working with multiple government agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Product Safety Commission. A self-professed “Yankee with a Southern accent,” Shiles was born in Manhattan and raised in the Southwest and in Tennessee, where he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis. He is a member of the International Compliance Professionals Association and the American Association of Exporters and Importers.

Find out more about the services offered by USCIB to facilitate cross-border trade and investment at

Jonathan Huneke, VP communications, USCIB
+1 212.703.5043 or

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, including ICC, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment.

USCIB International Bookstore: ICC Court of Arbitration Bulletin

4976_image002ICC Court of Arbitration Bulletin, Volume 25, Number 2 just arrived in our bookstore.  Order by March 31st and save $10.00. The Bulletin provides legal practitioners, educators and the international business community with a wealth of authoritative information on ICC dispute resolution services and arbitration law.


  • ICC expert services
  • Legal and non-legal reasoning in ICC arbitral awards
  • ICC arbitral awards in oil and gas disputes involving MENA countries

In 2015, the ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin is succeeded by the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin.  Subscribers will receive 2 issues (hard copy), one in June and another one in December.  Reserve before April 15th and save 10%.

What’s new for the 2015 Bulletin?

  • Greater focus on ICC procedures
  • More content: over 100 pages of awards per issue
  • New content: procedural orders in every issue
  • Expert commentaries on ICC practice and procedure
  • Wider coverage to include all ICC dispute resolution procedures.

March Book of the Month

4974_image002USCIB is offering ICC Model International Sale Contract as March’s Book of the Month. Please enter the code Mar10 to receive the discount.  This offer is good through March 31, 2015.

“ICC Model International Sale Contract” gives clear directions to sellers and buyers of manufactured goods on how to construct a sales contract. This edition takes into account recent developments in international business and trade finance. It incorporates the latest trade rules, ICC’s Incoterms® 2010, as well as the new Bank Payment Obligations (BPO) rules developed jointly by the ICC Banking Commission and SWIFT.

It is a time-saving tool for those in trade, business, law and all parties involved in import/export and cross-border sales transactions for any kind of manufactured goods.  This book includes the text of the model on a CD-ROM.

Coming Soon: 2015 Annual Review of International Banking Law & Practice

212_2015AnnualBookCoverThe USCIB International Bookstore will soon carry the 2015 Annual Review of International Banking Law & Practice.

At over 500 pages, this title is the field’s definitive record of Letter of Credit & Guarantee activity.  The 2015 Annual Review includes the key articles and industry reports on LC practice of the past year, as well as over 90 summaries of court cases from around the world. The annual review is available in both print and electronic versions.

Annual Survey of Letter of Credit Law & Practice Conference

Sign up today for the Annual Survey of Letter of Credit Law & Practice Conference in Tampa, FL on March 12-13. The conference is hosted by the Institute of International Banking Law & Practice (IIBLP), a partner of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB).

The Annual Survey is the premier LC event of the year. It is the only truly global forum dedicated to LC. The Annual Survey offers an unsurpassed networking opportunity by placing you face-to-face with over 100 of the leading LC professionals from banks, law firms, corporations and universities throughout the world.

Current problems and issues are openly aired in a direct exchange between industry leaders, offering analysis and educational opportunities through this intimate format.

For more information or to register, please click here.

USCIB Int’l Bookstore: Save on eLearning

Bookstore_LogoThe USCIB International Bookstore is offering the limited time opportunity to save $35 on any single-user eLearning program.  Order Now and enter the coupon code SAVE35 to receive the discount.  This offer is only good through February 28.

Best seller eLearning sessions include:

  • Going Global – 40 hours of comprehensive training that covers trade financing, commercial law and dispute resolution, customs and transportation and more.  A must if you are trading internationally.
  • Incoterms® 2010 – For anyone wishing to become proficient in the use of the Incoterms 2010 rules.
  • Mentor 600 – The only ICC-approved online training for Letters of Credit.  Mentor 600 trains beginners to the Letters of Credit world and is a comprehensive refresher for experienced practitioners.
  • ISBP Online  – Training on the International Standard Banking Practice for the examination of documents under documentary credits.

For more information on all the online trainings we offer, please click here or contact us at 212.703.5066.

Other Seminars and Workshops

USCIB partner The World Academy offers a number of trade-related classes regularly: Basic Import/Export Operations and Regulations, new ITCC Certification Workshops, Incoterms Management for Logistics and Finance Operations and C-TPAT Annual Security Threat Awareness, to name a few.  Attendees earn NCBFAA Educational Institute CCS/CES Points for most classes.

Workshop event calendar.

USCIB Int’l Bookstore: February Book of the Month

4943_image002USCIB is offering the ICC Ethics and Compliance Training Handbook  as the Book of the Month in February.

Please enter code Feb10 to receive the discount on either the printed or eBook version.  This offer is good through February 28, 2015.

If you have responsibility for corporate ethics and anti-corruption compliance at your company, then this is a useful tool for you.  This practical guide provides hands-on expertise from distinguished practitioners in the field of corporate integrity and compliance.  It offers useful guidance on performing risk assessment, installing a whistle blowing system, exercising due diligence when selecting agents or intermediaries, and conducting internal investigations.

The handbook is book is a great reference tool for managers, compliance officers, lawyers or anyone concerned with stamping out corruption and other anti-competitive practices.

For more information on any of our titles and to place your order, please visit or contact us at 212.703.5066.

2014 Holiday Offer From USCIB Bookstore

As the year comes to an end, USCIB International Bookstore wants to thank you by offering a special holiday deal, Buy One Get One 20 Percent Off!

Now through January 31, 2015, simply add two copies of the same ICC title (print copy or eBook) to the cart and you will receive a 20% discount on the second copy.

Deriving from the acclaimed work of the commissions, institutions, and international experts of the International Chamber of Commerce, our titles cover topics ranging from banking, commercial trade terms (Incoterms), law and arbitration, counterfeiting and fraud, model commercial contracts to advertising and environmental matters.

For a full list of our titles, please visit or contact us at 212.703.5066.

Staff Contact: Hsin-Ya Hou

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Book of the Month Bank Guarantees in International Trade

Take advantage of the USCIB International Bookstore’s “Book of the Month Offer” and save 10 percent on “Bank Guarantees in International Trade.” Enter code Dec10 and save 10 percent on this title through December 31. Also pre-order your copy of “Banking Regulation,” available in early 2015, and save $20.00 through the end of December.

Bank Guarantees in International TradeBank Guarantees in International Trade

This collection offers practitioners in international trade law the most complete analysis of banking law in the field.

With a comprehensive study of the legal and practical aspects of bank guarantees and standby letters of credit, revised in 2013, this 4th edition analyzes how the practical applications of bank guarantees have established a new pattern of law.

This remarkable book can be used in both civil and common law jurisdictions and has been cited as an authoritative source in each system.

Banking RegulationBanking Regulation

Banks are among the most highly regulated institutions in the U.S. and around the world. This publication offers a comprehensive overview of banking regulations across 25 jurisdictions.

Topics covered include authorities, regulators, banking licenses, organization of banks, liquidity and capital adequacy, consolidated supervision, shareholders in the acquisition of banks, resolution and bail out regimes to regulatory developments.

This book should be a staple in any professional practicing in the area of banking regulation.

For more information on any of our titles and to place your order, please visit or contact us at 212.703.5066.

Staff Contact: Hsin-Ya Hou

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