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 Senate Approval of USMCA (1/16/2020) - USCIB Welcomes Senate Approval of USMCA
USCIB Releases Statement on China’s WTO Commitments, Urges Bilateral and Plurilateral Dialogue (9/24/2019) - In response to an annual request by the United States Trade Representative for comments on China’s compliance with WTO commitments

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News Stories

USCIB Releases 2020 Trade and Investment Policy Priorities - Each year the Trade and Investment Committee of the U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB) conducts an extensive consultation process
OECD Report Weighs In On WTO Moratorium Debate - The much-anticipated Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report on the World Trade Organization (WTO) moratorium on customs duties

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Press Releases

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
USCIB Lays Out Priorities for WTO Modernization (3/13/2019) - USCIB has put forward a business roadmap for the World Trade Organization's future.

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Op-Eds and Speeches

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
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

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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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