Customs and Trade Facilitation

Trends and Challenges in Customs:

  • 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.
  • The World Trade Organization (WTO) 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.

USCIB’s Response:

  • Represent USCIB members at World Customs Organization (WCO) Harmonized System (HSC) meetings.
  • Advocate for robust implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (Customs Reauthorization, H.R. 644) (e.g., forced labor, duty drawback)
  • Advance thoughtful consensus, member supported, comments on such key issues as FTA Customs and Trade Facilitation provisions, forced labor, domestic and international e-commerce efforts (e.g., WCO Framework) often that take into consideration potential implementation issues or unintended consequences on
  • Represent our members in efforts to secure global classification of products at WCO.
  • Advocate for business on issues such as forced labor, TFTEA implementation, and more.
  • Meet with U.S. government officials to ensure that U.S. business interests are well reflected, particularly at Commerce, DHS, CBP and USTR.
  • Known for deep technical, subject-matter knowledge on customs and trade facilitation matters.
  • Promote 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.

Magnifying Your Voice with USCIB:

  • USCIB is the only U.S. business association formally affiliated with the world’s three largest business organizations where we work with business leaders across the globe to extend our reach to influence policymakers in key international markets to American business
  • Build consensus with like-minded industry peers and participate in off-the-record briefings with policymakers both home and abroad.

Positions and Statements

USCIB Welcomes Trilateral Update of NAFTA (10/1/2018) - USCIB Welcomes Trilateral Update of NAFTA
USCIB Submits Comments on China 301 Tariffs (9/7/2018) - USCIB submitted comments on the Trump administration's proposed imposition of $200 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports.

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News Stories

Annual APEC Summit Fails to Reach Consensus - The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leadership Summit held its annual summit this year in Papua New Guinea (PNG) November
WATAC Raises Awareness About Carnets Among Indian Exports and Customs - Meetings of the World ATA Carnet Council (WATAC), were held in Jaipur, India on November 15-16 at Hotel Jai Mahal

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Press Releases

USCIB Welcomes Trilateral Update of NAFTA (10/1/2018) - USCIB Welcomes Trilateral Update of NAFTA
USCIB Decries Further Escalation of China Tariffs (9/18/2018) - “American business reiterates its call for the U.S. and China to take immediate steps to de-escalate their trade conflict."

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Op-Eds and Speeches

Hampl Testifies Regarding Proposed China Tariffs (5/18/2018) - Following the Trump administration’s proposed Section 301 tariffs on Chinese goods, USCIB Senior Director for Investment, Trade and Financial Services
Fighting for American Business: USCIB in the News in 2017 (1/16/2018) - Throughout 2017 USCIB leaders and staff garnered important coverage from the news media on issues of importance to USCIB members.

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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


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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