What’s At Stake for Business
- 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.
- A well-implemented Single Window system will automate processes, reduce paper and duplicative submissions and speed-up the overall movement of goods.
- The World Trade Organization 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.
- Representation of USCIB members at quarterly WCO Harmonized System (HSC) and Review Subcommittee (RSC) meetings through our ICC affiliation.
- Ratification and robust implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).
- Effective rollout of the Automated Commercial Environment/International Trade Data System (ACE/ITDS).
- Full and effective implementation of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (Customs Reauthorization, H.R. 644).
USCIB at Work
Through our international platforms, we build global business and government support for policies that promote vital global value and supply chains:
- At the WTO, where we are working to move the Trade Facilitation Agreement to ratification.
- At the WCO, where we represent our members in efforts to secure global classification of products.
- On Capitol Hill, where we advocate for business on issues such as Customs Reauthorization, de minimis, WTO compliance concerns and more.
- In Washington, where we regularly meet with USG officials to ensure that U.S. business interests are well reflected, particularly at Commerce, CBP and USTR.
Recent Advocacy Engagement
The Committee is known for its deep technical, subject-matter knowledge on customs and trade facilitation matters and was very active in achieving the passage and signing of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. USCIB also leverages industry expertise and extensive knowledge base by:
- Advocating on such issues as de minimis, U.S. goods returned, WTO compliance concerns, e-commerce, customs valuation and more.
- Ensuring forward funding for the completion of ACE/ITDS, supporting CBP as they work to meet 2016 ACEI/TDS deadlines and addressing Partner Government Agency (PGA) implementation issues along the way.
- Representing the private sector as Co-Chair of the APEC Subcommittee on Customs Procedures Virtual Working Group (VWG) and in the APEC Alliance for Supply Chain Connectivity (A2C2).
Who We Are
The USCIB Customs & Trade Facilitation Committee is composed of USCIB member companies representing a range of business and industry sectors. Advocacy priorities are determined that reflect consensus among the members.
The Committee promotes 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, including, among others:
- The World Customs Organization (WCO), through our affiliation with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
- On Capitol Hill and with the USG, including CBP, USTR and the Department of Commerce.
- The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.