Customs and Trade Facilitation

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.

Current Priorities

  • 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).
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Chair

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

Staff

Megan Giblin
Director
Customs & Trade Facilitation
202-371-9235 or mgiblin@uscib.org

Christopher Olsen
Policy & Program Assistant, Washington
202-617-3156 or colsen@uscib.org

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.

Mission

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.

Positions and Statements

USCIB Expresses Concern Over China 301 Tariffs (6/18/2018) - In light of last week’s release of two lists of China 301 tariffs by the Trump administration, USCIB Senior Director for Trade, Financial Services and Investment Eva Hampl expressed concern about the impact the China 301 tariffs will have on the U.S. economy and jobs. “In our submission to the U.S. government we highlighted a number of products of particular concern to our members, for which tariffs would have a significant effect on U.S. production and revenue.
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 Eva Hampl gave a testimony on the hill on May 16 regarding the proposal. Hampl’s testimony reflected USCIB member concerns about potential consequences the proposed tariffs will have on sectors vital to the U.S. economy.

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News Stories

USCIB Expresses Concern Over China 301 Tariffs (6/18/2018) - In light of last week’s release of two lists of China 301 tariffs by the Trump administration, USCIB Senior Director for Trade, Financial Services and Investment Eva Hampl expressed concern about the impact the China 301 tariffs will have on the U.S. economy and jobs. “In our submission to the U.S. government we highlighted a number of products of particular concern to our members, for which tariffs would have a significant effect on U.S. production and revenue.
USCIB Meets with Interagency Group on Customs E-commerce (6/18/2018) - USCIB and U.S. Chamber partnered on an interagency meeting on World Customs Organization (WCO) e-Commerce framework of standards (FoS) on June 14 in Washington DC, in preparation for upcoming e-Commerce working group meetings, as well as WCO Policy Commission and Council Meetings that will take place over the next few weeks in Brussels, June 18-23.

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Press Releases

Colombia Gets Approval to Join the OECD (5/29/2018) - Colombia will join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development following an agreement among the 35-nation forum's member states ahead of this week's OECD ministerial.
USCIB Urges US and China to Avoid Trade War (3/22/2018) - The United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents America’s most successful global companies, responded to the Trump administration’s plans to impose tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese exports along with restrictions on Chinese investment in the United States.

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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 Eva Hampl gave a testimony on the hill on May 16 regarding the proposal. Hampl’s testimony reflected USCIB member concerns about potential consequences the proposed tariffs will have on sectors vital to the U.S. economy.
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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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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