Trade facilitation: Victory in Bali

By Jerry Cook, HanesBrands, Chair of USCIB’s Customs & Trade Facilitation Committee

American Shipper

“In my recent columns, I have discussed how existing trade facilitation tools can help companies, especially small and midsized enterprises (SMEs), engage in growing global markets. I also urged the United States and other members of the World Trade Organization to finalize and implement a WTO trade facilitation agreement before the end of 2013.”

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http://www.americanshipper.com/Main/News/Trade_facilitation_Victory_in_Bali_56232.aspx 

Capturing trade facilitation’s low-hanging fruit

By Jerry Cook, HanesBrands, Chair of USCIB’s Customs & Trade Facilitation Committee

American Shipper

“In my first column of 2013, I wrote about the emergence of large, highly efficient integrated global supply networks that incorporate companies of all sizes and at all stages of production in the value chain. International components and inputs are key links in the supply chain for U.S. manufacturers, and effective trade facilitation will increase a U.S. operation’s manufacturing activities, as well as its ability to export, import and invest.”

Read the full column: https://www.uscib.org/docs/2013_10_cook_as_column.pdf