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.
  • Trade facilitation and robust implementation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) are critical to members of the trade. The TFA promises to streamline customs processes and procedures, provide increased transparency, predictability, and speed the movement of goods across borders around the world.


USCIB Meets With WCO Secretary-General Dr. Kunio Mikuriya

Current Priorities

  • Customs and Trade Facilitation in the COVID-19 crisis environment including, but not limited to border closures, overall trade facilitation, and movement of vital goods (e.g., critical medical supplies and equipment, and other essential goods like chemicals, foods, fuel, and more) and essential workers.
    • Click here to visit our dedicated page on COVID-19 for messages from our CEO, press releases, member-driven initiatives, and more.
  • E-Commerce in the Customs space (e.g., WCO Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards)
  • Forced labor Guidance and direction
  • Classification, valuation, origin, focus on WCO and WTO, where applicable
  • CTPAT, Trusted Trader, Minimum Security Criteria (MSC), Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs)  WCO Safe Framework

USCIB’s Response:

  • Provide thoughtful and focused U.S. domestic and international recommendations on Customs and Trade Facilitation matters in the COVID-19 crisis environment.
  • Represent USCIB members at the World Customs Organization (WCO) Harmonized System (HSC) and related meetings.
  • Advocate for robust and meaningful implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) signed into law in 2019 (e.g., forced labor, duty drawback).
  • Advance thoughtful consensus, member-supported, comments which often take into consideration potential implementation issues and/or unintended consequences on such key issues as Customs matters in the crisis environment, Customs and Trade Facilitation provisions in FTAs, forced labor, domestic and international e-commerce efforts in the customs space related to physical goods movement (e.g., WCO Frameworkof Standards).
  • Represent our members in efforts to secure the global classification of products at WCO.
  • Advocate for business on issues such as forced labor, E-Commerce, and more.
  • Meet with U.S. government officials at the key agencies of  Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Department of Treasury, and Department of State to ensure that U.S. business interests are well reflected in U.S. government positions.
  • 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

Global Industry Urges G20 to Promote Innovation, Digital Tech, Trade (6/4/2020) - USCIB joined a global group of like-minded industry and trade associations to urge the G20 to work with industry to
USCIB Strengthens Trade Policy Advocacy Through New Coalition: Alliance for Trade Enforcement (5/21/2020) - USCIB joined a new coalition, the Alliance for Trade Enforcement, which includes nearly a dozen other industry groups and trade

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News Stories

USCIB, Business Groups Urge Administration to Prioritize US-China Deal - USCIB, along with dozens of U.S. business and industry groups, sent a letter to USTR Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Secretary of
USCIB Announces Leadership Change in Customs, Trade Facilitation Work - USCIB has announced that Vice President for Government Relations at Hanesbrands Jerry Cook is stepping down from the chairmanship of USCIB’s Customs

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Press Releases

USCIB Commends Phase 1 China Deal, Urges Further Negotiations (1/15/2020) - China continues to be an important market for U.S. business, and we recognize the progress on food and agricultural export
Nobody Wins in Escalation of U.S.-China Trade Fight, Says USCIB (5/9/2019) - USCIB appealed to the U.S. and China to ratchet down their trade fight after the latest U.S. move to raise

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Op-Eds and Speeches

Op-Ed: Business Must Come Together to Respond to COVID-19 Now (3/30/2020) - Earlier this month, nearly 500 experts in public health, law and human rights wrote an open letter to U.S Vice
USCIB in the News: Taxes, Trade and Tariffs (12/13/2018) - As 2018 comes to a close, USCIB reflected on the top stories of the past several months, which were heavily

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


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


Ashley Harrington
Policy & Program Assistant, Washington
202-682-5861 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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