ICC and USCIB Customs and Trade Facilitation Symposium

S1518 ICC/USCIB Trade Facilitation and Customs Symposium
  • Location: Miami, Florida, United States
  • Date: 22/02/2015 - 24/02/2015
  • Event Type: Conference
  • Language: English
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and its American affiliate the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), are bringing business, government, international organizations and operational experts from the world over to participate in a multifaceted dialogue on the most effective means of facilitating the global movement of goods while balancing security and risk at the border.


The world economy relies on unprecedented interdependence and connectivity. Global supply chains are increasingly vital to connecting enterprises to raw materials, labor force expertise, new markets and consumers. No area of international economic policy is more integral to expediting globalized trade than customs and trade facilitation. Harmonized and efficient trade boosts competitiveness for all businesses, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging markets. "Finding Global Solutions to Cross-Border Challenges" will focus on streamlining trade and limiting cross-border inefficiency and friction.

Topics will include

  • WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: opportunities and challenges
  • Balancing security and trade facilitation
  • Best regional practices and global cooperation on global value chains, single window initiatives, de minimis, intellectual property rights and operational objectives

Sunday 22 February 2015

19.00-21.30 Speakers' dinner

Monday 23 February 2015

08.00-09.15 Registration and breakfast

09.15-10.30 Opening

10.30-10.45 Coffee break

10.45-12.00 Driving Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: The Way Forward

The historic and WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement agreed in Bali, Indonesia, in December 2013 will reduce costs, increase international trade flows and drive economic growth in developing and developed countries. It is estimated that if trade facilitation measures is fully implemented it could boost the world economy by up to $1 trillion dollars. This panel will discuss how the Agreement will enhance coordinated border management, the challenges to implementation and the role of donors and the international trade community in ensuring that countries receive proper assistance.

12.00-13.30 Luncheon

13.30-15.15 Trade Logistics and Customs Regimes: Boosting Regional and Global Supply Chains?

This expert panel will highlight the importance of transportation logistics and the impact of customs administrative procedures on regional and global supply chains. As business increasingly utilizes global value chains, efficient customs regimes and smooth logistics are crucial as intermediate goods move across many borders on the way to becoming a final product. The Panel will focus on identifying best practices and possible solutions to supply chain challenges. The discussion will also consider how diverse regulatory regimes undermine efforts to build global value chains that cut across regions.

15.15-15.30 Coffee break

15.30-16.00 ICC Trade Tools: Why do they work so well?

Initiated decades ago and still widely used to ease trade flows and build export growth, Incoterms® rules and ATA Carnet are proven world standards.

  • The Incoterms® rules - developed and published by ICC - are a set of 11 commercial terms setting out certain buyers' and seller's obligations under contracts of sale. First published in 1936, the Incoterms® rules are an internationally recognized standard and an essential part of the daily language of worldwide trade. The presentation will benefit importers, exporters, lawyers, transporters, and insurers alike by providing a valuable overview of the function and structure of the rules, and their practical impacts on cross-border trade.
  • ATA Carnet is an international customs document allowing for the temporary duty-free and tax-free movement of samples, professional equipment and goods for exhibitions and trade show. Jointly administered by the WCO and ICC, ATA Carnet is decade-old example of how this public and private partnership facilitates billions of dollars trade among its 70+ member countries.

16.00-17.30 Stopping Counterfeit Goods at the Border: What More Can be Done by Business and Customs Administrations?

Illicit trade, including trade in counterfeit and pirated goods, leads to a significant drain in the global economy, jeopardizes investments in innovation and entails a serious risk to consumer health and safety. Counterfeit and pirated products - including food and beverages, pesticides and medicines - are projected to represent up to 2 % of global GDP by 2015 and serve a dual function for organized criminal groups: as a source of financing for other illegal activities, and as a tool to launder proceeds derived from various other crimes. This panel will exchange ideas and best practices on how the international trade and border and law enforcement agencies can work together to cut down on the flow of illegal and counterfeit goods without hampering legitimate trade flows.

17.30-19.00 Reception

Tuesday 24 February 2015

08.30-09.30 Breakfast

09.30-11.00 Panama Canal Expansion: A Game Changer for Global and Regional Trade

The Panama Canal Expansion will nearly double the capacity of the Panama Canal by 2016. The panelists will highlight the impact this will have on trade and the challenges it might engender. For example, will the expansion require regulatory changes and investments to increase the absorption capacity of ports? Will it change the way companies do business in the Americas and beyond? Will it impact global trade flows and how?

11.00-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-13.00 Balancing Security and Trade Facilitation: What's the Magic Formula?

Finding the right balance between ensuring security and facilitating trade is a constant challenge for business and governments. Voluntary supply chain security programs, like the U.S. Trusted Trader Program, have a documented process for determining and alleviating risk through their supply chains, which in turn reduces the time needed for customs examinations. The experts on this panel will explore how the international business community can strengthen cooperation between business and Customs administrations through so-called authorized economic operator programs, and other country level partnerships. They will also discuss the benefits of setting Customs de minimis regimes and other tools for a more focused approach to risk assessment and efficient revenue collection that in turn will enhance trade facilitation.

13.00-13.15 Closing remarks


James Bacchus , Chair, Global Practice Group, Greenburg Traurig; Chair, ICC Commission on Trade and Investment Policy

Brenda Brockman Smith ,Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade, Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Virginia Brown , Director, Office of Trade and Regulatory Reform, US Agency for International development (USAID)

William Bullard , Corporate Relations Director, Latin America and Caribbean, Diageo

Maritza Castro , Vice President, Head of Customs and Regulatory Affairs, Americas Region, DHL Express USA

Jerry Cook , Vice President Trade and Government Relations, Hanesbrands

Denise Coutinho , Senior Manager, Global Trade Strategy, Global Tax and Customs, Cisco Systems

John Danilovich , Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Cynthia Duncan , Senior Vice President, Carnet & Trade Services, United States Council for International Business (USCIB)

Daniel C. Duncan , Senior Director, International Affairs, McGraw Hill Financial

Antoni Estevadeordal , Manager, Integration and Trade Sector, Vice Presidency for Sector and Knowledge, Inter-American Development Bank

Rafael Farromeque , Senior Specialist, Head of the Logistics Practice for Latin America, Vice Presidency of Infrastructure, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)

Michael Heldebrand , Principal, EY Global Trade, Ernst & Young LLP

R. Gil Kerlikowske , Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Lev Kubiak , Assistant Director, International Operations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Eugene Laney Jr ., Head of International Trade Affairs, DHL Express USA

Judy Lao , Head of Trade Facilitation Programs, Office of the Western Hemisphere - Pathways to Prosperity Program U.S. Department of Commerce; International Trade Administration Market Access and Compliance; Office of the Western Hemisphere and Brazil Desk Officer

Luis Eduardo Lara Gutierrez , General Administrator for Foreign Trade Audit, Mexican Tax Administration

Mark Linscott , Assistant United States Trade Representative for WTO and Multilateral Affairs

Harold McGraw III , Chairman, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); Chairman, United States Council for International Business (USCIB); Chairman, McGraw Hill Financial

Kunio Mikuriya , Secretary General, World Customs Organization (WCO)

Evdokia Moïsé , Senior Trade Policy Analyst, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, Development Division, OECD

Oliver Peltzer , Vice-Chair, ICC Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation; Partner, Dabelstein & Passehl

Umberto de Pretto ,Secretary General, International Road Transport Union

Darcy Price , Director, Value Chain Applications, Oracle

Frank Reynolds , President, International Projects Inc.

Peter M. Robinson , President and Chief Executive Officer, United States Council for International Business (USCIB)

Gilbert Lee Sandler , Founding Member,Sandler Travis and Rosenberg, P.A.

Norman T. Schenk , Vice President, Global Customs Policy & Public Affairs, UPS; Chair, ICC Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation

Simon Schofield , European Tax Vice-President, Samsung

Leroy J. Sheffer , Partner, International Trade Advisory Services

Ruth Snowden , Executive Director, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA); International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA)

Sarah Thorn , Senior Director, International Trade, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Yi Xiaozhun , Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization (WTO)

Logistical notes


22-24 February 2015


Four Seasons Hotel, Miami, Florida

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Event registration fees

ICC and USCIB members $600

Regular fee for non-members $750