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Supply Chain Security Capabilities

JBC is a recognized expert in supply chain management and security of cargo. JBC staff members serve in advisory roles on US port security and have addressed the US Congress, Senate, Transportation Security Administration, Departments of Commerce and Transportation and the Port of New York/New Jersey on methods to ensure the security of cargo and the efficient flow of trade.

Threat Assessment
As part of the scope of work for an ongoing project, JBC conducted vulnerability assessments of the entire design-to-delivery product flow for each step in multi-modal supply chains. These included valuing assets, evaluating threat data, and examining the potential loss impact. There was a focus on physical security; in-transit security; personnel security; and data security. Conducting tests and prototype evaluations of the proposed solutions were also included in these vulnerability assessments. The tests were designed to examine the availability and reliability of technology solutions; the accuracy, accessibility, and compatibility of IT systems; and the effectiveness of solutions in closing security gaps. JBC has conducted these assessments in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Turkey and Pakistan, including an evaluation for the Boeing Company.
Security Implementation Plans
JBC has been involved in the identification and evaluation of all actors in a transportation system for security purposes. In order to prevent unauthorized material or personnel from being injected into the system, JBC presented recommendations to the owners of the individual parts of the system. These recommendations were developed after identifying and evaluating solutions that included: commercial-off-the-shelf technologies for screening, security, monitoring, tracking, and detection; new technologies in advanced stages of development; improvements in existing data-collection, sharing agreements, and software; and process changes to improve efficiency and reduce windows of vulnerability. Finally, JBC staff performed costs-benefit analyses of solution options, including an evaluation of return on investment, using a specially designed tool developed by a strategic partner of JBC International. JBC has been conducting these security evaluations in numerous overseas markets, including Turkey, Pakistan, and Brazil.
Operation Safe Commerce
With responsibility for technical assessments for the Program Management Team for the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey in Operation Safe Commerce, JBC staff evaluated the effectiveness of the supply chain management practices of the foreign host-country participants. This included:
  1. Review of procurement, manufacture, delivery, storage, and shipment of a wide variety of goods, including consumer goods, aircraft sub-assemblies, chemical products, and food products.
    1. Focus on physical, data, and personnel security to prevent theft and intrusion
    2. Identification of appropriate corrective measures
  2. Evaluate supply chain management practices for conformity with recognized international and US standards, to include:
    1. International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS)
    2. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
    3. Business Anti-Smuggling Coalition (BASC)
    4. Container Security Initiative (CSI)
    5. Safe and Secure Trade (SST)
    6. Maritime and Transportation Security Act (MTSA)
Mali Transportation Study
In 2004 JBC staff completed a study of the transportation costs of Malian commodities. The USAID-funded study including meeting and interviewing MSME's involved in the production and transportation of Malian goods. The project recommendations included policy matters to be addressed by the Malian Government, competitiveness suggestions for the MSME's, and general business practice improvements.
Y2K Supply Chain Study
In 1999 and 2000 JBC staff completed a study used by the private sector and the U.S. Government of over 100 countries and their capabilities to continue port, customs and transportation services in the face of the potential failure of computers in their information technology systems.
The Shanghai Model Port Project
As the 2001 host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC), China undertook a project to modernize one of it ports. JBC assisted the US Department of Commerce in the creation of a joint US-China project that became known as the Shanghai Model Port Project (SMPP). JBC assisted in the development of the SMPP project details as well as the creation of the stakeholder group. Working with the US National Center for APEC, JBC assisted in the communications between the Chinese's General Administration of Customs and the multi-national stakeholder membership. At the conclusion of the program in 2001, the National Center for APEC withdrew and passed complete management of the SMPP stakeholders to JBC.
Maritime Supply Chain Security
Working with several Fortune 500 and other multinational companies, JBC staff has examined supply chains from Pakistan, Turkey, Brazil and England including:
  1. Security (Perimeter Security) of ports, factories, warehouses;
  2. Security of In-Transit trucking, rail, and maritime;
  3. Security of data and personnel;
  4. Conducting vulnerability assessments for each node in the supply chain by:
    1. Identifying all partners in the supply chain (factories, trucking, rail, maritime, warehouses, container terminals, loading operations, port facilities, ocean vessels);
    2. Creating a process flow map of the interaction of supply chain partners; and,
    3. Conducting a vulnerability assessment of the entire design-to-delivery product flow for each step in the supply chain.
    4. Identify and implement solutions to mitigate risks
The West Coast Waterfront Coalition
In 2001 JBC created and managed the West Coast Waterfront Coalition (WCWC), a stakeholder organization brought together to encourage the modernization of US ports. JBC managed the WCWC for a period of one year before transferring management to a WCWC member organization.
Joint Industry Group's Supply Chain Security Committee
As part of its management of the Joint Industry Group (JIG), JBC International directed JIG’s establishment of the Supply Chain Security Committee (SCSC). The SCSC meets with various representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Congress, the Administration, and global customs bodies such as the WCO to learn about and contribute to the development of new policies that impact global and domestic supply chains.
Approved Third-Party Validation for C-TPAT
JBC was part of a team selected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to provide validations for Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) applicants with supply chains originating out of China. C-TPAT represents the government’s core public-private partnership in supply chain security, and member companies cannot progress to the program’s Tiers II and III – and receive accompanying program benefits – until they have undergone a validation.

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Customs Modernization Capabilities

JBC specializes in assisting governments in developing customs modernization programs. JBC staff serve as advisors and trainers to customs officials on WTO- and WCO-recommended best practices; specific customs policies, programs, and operating systems; global agreements; and cultivating positive working relationships with critical industry stakeholder groups. Members of the JBC staff serve as advisors to the World Bank on targeted modernization needs and help identify the most qualified industry representatives to fulfill those needs.

Global Customs Initiative
JBC has been selected by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to implement the first phase of its new Global Customs Initiative (GCI), a worldwide, $4 million program to facilitate economic growth in developing and middle-income countries. In our partnership with USTDA, we will develop and execute two orientation visits to the US and three foreign training sessions on a wide array of customs issues for delegates from Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
The Global Alliance for Trade Efficiency (GATE)
At the conclusion of the Shanghai Model Port Project, GATE was formed to meet the growing need for a global stakeholder organization dedicated to customs modernization. Along with JBC International personnel, representatives from the World Customs Organization, the World Trade Organization, the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Bank, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and multi-national corporations assisted in the creation of GATE. GATE has quickly gained a reputation for its expertise in customs modernization and its ability to bring together stakeholders at a global level as well as sub-regionally for project specific purposes. GATE holds a seat on the Steering Committee of the World Bank's Global Facilitation Partnership for Transportation and Trade.
Russian Federation Customs Development Project - Streamlining and Design of New Customs Control and Clearance Process
JBC is currently developing a new customs control and clearance process for the Russia Federation's Federal Customs Service. The project is being funded by the World Bank and serves as a focal point for a comprehensive, $140 million customs modernization initiative. The customs control and clearance process provides the backbone for the entire customs process by creating the framework for expedited goods entry/exit and heightened security through the administration of internationally recommended risk management techniques.
Russian Federation Customs Development Project - Development of Staff Training and Distance Learning Materials for FCS
JBC is designing and implementing a distance learning program for the Russian Federation's Federal Customs Service (FCS) as part of a $140 million loan from the World Bank that supports a comprehensive customs modernization. JBC is carrying out this project by developing curricula, training materials, manuals, and methodologies. A newly adopted customs code in Russia calls for compliance with international practices so as to speed the processing of goods, increase compliance, and ensure equality and predictability in customs operations. JBC principals, who possess an understanding of the Russian customs administration, international best practices, and implementation of customs and security technology, will ensure the security of cargo and the efficient flow of trade.
Russian Federation Customs Development Project - Appeals Management
The Russian Federation's Federal Customs Service (FCS) recently awarded JBC International a contract to restructure that country's appeals management process. Successful implementation of the project will promote internationally acceptable practices for processing customs clearance of goods, increase taxpayer compliance, ensure uniformity in the application of the Russian Customs Code, and provide equity and predictability throughout the dispute settlement process.
China Customs Intellectual Property Rights Training
GATE, in cooperation with JBC, has been selected by the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China to provide 6 weeks of training related to the enforcement of intellectual property rights by customs. The training program will consist of a review of international agreements governing IPR, discussions of global best practices, and the development of a strategy to help slow the trade in counterfeit goods. GATE and JBC will attempt to develop a strategy to incorporate this training program into other customs training activities throughout the region and ensure it can be replicated within China.
China Customs Trade Capacity Building Project
In 2003, under a grant from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), GATE was selected to conduct training and capacity building for the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China. The first component of this project, a series of training sessions administered to Chinese Customs officials, represented an effort to provide an overview of WTO- and WCO-recommended best practices. The second aspect, a feasibility study, gauged the current goods clearance environment in China and provided high-level recommendations for areas in which additional customs modernization efforts would yield the greatest gains. The final component of the project involved managing a visit of 10 senior officials from China Customs to various ports of entry in the United States. The aim of the visit was to view first-hand the operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials throughout the country.
The Shanghai Model Port Project
Prior to Shanghai's hosting of the 2001 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, JBC assisted the U.S. Department of Commerce in the creation of a joint U.S.-China project that became known as the Shanghai Model Port Project (SMPP). JBC assisted at the policy level in the development of the SMPP project goals and deliverables as well as in the creation of the stakeholder group. Working with the U.S. National Center for APEC, JBC assisted in the communications between China's General Administration of Customs and the multinational stakeholder membership. At the conclusion of the program in 2001, the National Center for APEC withdrew and passed complete management of the SMPP stakeholders to JBC and the Global Alliance for Trade Efficiency.
Asian Development Bank
JBC International works closely with representatives from the Asian Development Bank, regularly sharing information with decision-makers. Our staff provides assistance to ADB analysts and economists as they attempt to identify trade facilitation and customs-related projects that may be suitable for funding throughout the region. Particular emphasis has been on projects in China, Mongolia, Southeast Asia, and Central Asia, including Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and the Kyrgyz Republic.
The Automated Commercial Environment
In 1999, U.S. President Clinton submitted a budget to Congress that contained no funding to replace the aging U.S. Customs Automated Commercial System (ACS). Created in the 1970's, ACS was incapable of supporting the increasing amount of goods imported into the United States. At times, ACS would experience brownouts that brought the clearance of goods to a halt at land border crossings and in ports. JBC worked in the following two separate capacities to rectify this problem:

International Electronic Trade Steering Committee
JBC developed and led the International Electronic Trade Steering Committee (IETSC), a coalition of companies and associations that provided advice to the U.S. Customs Service as it worked to outline the functionalities of a modernized automation system called the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). The IETSC provided high-level recommendations on the new system's needs from the perspectives of international businesses. The IETSC's efforts proved overwhelmingly successful, as their input heavily influenced the final shape and scope of ACE according to the needs of the trade community.

Coalition for Customs Automation Funding
Recognizing the need for significant funding, JBC also created and managed the Coalition for Customs Automation Funding (CCAF), which for two years joined U.S. Customs with the trade community to obtain the federal funds necessary to build the ACS replacement, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). While lobbying for funding, the CCAF members and representatives for U.S. Customs met regularly to discuss the functionality of ACE and to determine the business and customs needs of the new, modern system. Two years after its creation, CCAF celebrated the appropriation of $1.3 billion for the development of ACE.
The U.S. Customs Modernization Act
Throughout the Customs Modernization Act, JBC managed the Joint Industry Group (JIG), a stakeholder coalition of Fortune 500 companies, law firms, trade associations, brokers, shippers, carriers, financial institutions and freight forwarders who shared an interest in modernizing the U.S. Customs Service (now Customs and Border Protection). The Modernization Act created a partnership between customs and trade that has facilitated the change of many archaic customs procedures and promoted uniformity and transparency to increase taxpayer compliance with U.S. customs regulations. JBC's management of JIG is ongoing.
Mali Transportation Study
In 2004, JBC staff completed a study of the transportation costs of Malian commodities. The USAID-funded study included meeting and interviewing micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) involved in the production and transportation of Malian goods. The project recommendations included policy matters to be addressed by the Malian Government, competitiveness suggestions for the MSMEs, and general business practice improvements.
The World Bank
In 2005, the World Bank hired JBC International to produce explanatory notes on various trade facilitation techniques for use by policymakers from developing countries. These notes have been posted on the World Bank Global Facilitation Partnership for Transportation and Trade (GFPTT) web page and made available to developing countries and the general public.
Operation Safe Commerce
With responsibility for the technical assessments for the Program Management Team for the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey in Operation Safe Commerce, JBC staff evaluated the effectiveness of the supply chain management practices of the foreign host-country participants. This evaluation included:
  1. Reviewing procurement, manufacture, delivery, storage, and shipment of a wide variety of goods, including consumer goods, aircraft sub-assemblies, chemical products, and food products.
  2. Evaluating supply chain management practices for conformity with recognized international and U.S. standards.
  3. Evaluating security (perimeter security) of ports, factories, and warehouses; security of in-transit trucking, rail, and maritime transport; and security of data and personnel.
  4. Conducting vulnerability assessments for each node in the supply chain by:
    1. Identifying all partners in the supply chain (factories, trucking, rail, and maritime companies, warehouses, container terminals, loading operations, port facilities, ocean vessels);
    2. Creating a process flow map of the interaction of supply chain partners;
    3. Conducting a vulnerability assessment of the entire design-to-delivery product flow for each step in the supply chain; and,
    4. Identifying and implementing solutions to mitigate risks
JBC also evaluated the Supply Chain Event Management Systems for six different international supply chains. These included variations of commercial off-the-shelf systems and custom designed systems for end-to-end supply chain management. Designs included site-specific programs and centralized remote data centers receiving input via cellular and satellite transmission.

The current stage of Operation Safe Commerce involves the examination of two supply chains and the development of container security solutions for large volumes of containers shipped to the Port of New York/New Jersey. While the number of supply chains has decreased from the earlier phase, the number of containers analyzed has increased.
The North American Free Trade Agreement
JBC staff members participated as policy consultants to the U.S. Government during the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations and were instrumental in helping author the agreement. As a result, JBC representatives continue to serve as policy consultants in the development of global and regional trade agreements.
World Customs Organization
In 1977, JBC's CEO, James Clawson, was appointed to a five-year term as the Assistant Secretary General of the Customs Cooperation Council (CCC), now known as the World Customs Organization (WCO). During his tenure with the CCC, Mr. Clawson directed the negotiations and writing of the Harmonized Tariff System (HTS), the World Trade Organization (WTO) Value Agreement, and finalization of the Kyoto Convention on Customs Procedures. As a globally recognized expert in customs policy and technique, Mr. Clawson continues to participate in high-level policy meetings as a consultant to the U.S. Government, foreign governments, and the WCO. Mr. Clawson currently participates in the WCO's Harmonized System High Level Working Group in Brussels, Belgium. Jason Clawson, the President of JBC International, participates regularly with and speaks before the WCO Customs Security Working Group.

JBC staff is involved with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the World Bank, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in implementation by the private sector of instruments developed by those organizations.
U.S. Department of Treasury
In 1972, James Clawson served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, and later as the Acting Assistant Secretary. Mr. Clawson's responsibilities included the management of the U.S. Customs Service. In this capacity, Mr. Clawson was responsible for developing budgets and presenting those budgets to Congress for approval. He was responsible for general oversight of all customs activities.
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
JBC International provides policy advice and is a regular speaker at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings. JBC participates with in Subcommittee on Customs Procedures for developing country action plans, and participated in the Shanghai accord on customs modernization.
Country Specific Consultations
In an effort to share JBC's experiences and greater understand the specific challenges faced by individual customs administrations throughout the world, JBC principals regularly meet with customs and trade officials from numerous countries. As modernization and reform drives are undertaken in these areas, JBC provides lessons learned from other parts of the world and offers advice regarding the advancement of these programs. Specific countries of interest include: Mongolia, Vietnam, China, Russia, Thailand, Mali, Tajikistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic.
Definitional Mission for Customs/Border Control in Serbia
JBC, through its management of GATE, provided a definitional mission (DM) for two separate customs modernization and border integrity technical assistance programs in Serbia and the surrounding region. The DM required MOI to examine the merits and challenges of implementing a single window program in Serbia as well as investigate the benefits and challenges of border integrity program in the region being considered for funding by USTDA.

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Private Sector Practice Capabilities

A leader in global trade facilitation and business development strategy, JBC International offers a broad array of services to private sector entities seeking to protect or expand their international operations. A sampling of the work we have provided to some of our private sector clients is included below.

Mali Transportation Study
In 2004, JBC staff completed a study of the transportation costs of Malian commodities. The USAID-funded study included meeting and interviewing micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) involved in the production and transportation of Malian goods. The project recommendations included policy matters to be addressed by the Malian Government, competitiveness suggestions for the MSMEs, and general business practice improvements.
Y2K Supply Chain Study
In 1999 and 2000 JBC staff completed a study used by the private sector and the U.S. Government of over 100 countries and their capabilities to continue port, customs and transportation services in the face of the potential failure of computers in their information technology systems.
Manufacturing Plant Site Development in Russia
Beginning in 2005, JBC International assisted a multinational paper products company in its efforts to develop a manufacturing plant in the Russian Federation. JBC provided cost-benefit analysis on numerous locations for the site and ultimately provided a recommendation of the most appealing city. JBC is now working to negotiate real estate prices, energy costs, and other issues associated with the development of this location.
Maritime Supply Chain Security
Working with the Boeing Company, Innovative Logistics Techniques, Inc., SPC, Parsons-Brinckerhoff, Inc. and Unisys Corporation, JBC staff has examined supply chains from Pakistan, Turkey, Brazil and England including:
  1. Security (Perimeter Security) of ports, factories, warehouses;
  2. Security of In-Transit trucking, rail, and maritime;
  3. Security of data and personnel;
  4. Conducting vulnerability assessments for each node in the supply chain by:
    1. Identifying all partners in the supply chain (factories, trucking, rail, maritime, warehouses, container terminals, loading operations, port facilities, ocean vessels);
    2. Creating a process flow map of the interaction of supply chain partners; and,
    3. Conducting a vulnerability assessment of the entire design-to-delivery product flow for each step in the supply chain.
    4. Identify and implement solutions to mitigate risks
Manufacturing Plant Development in Russia
JBC International recently aided a multinational paper company in its efforts to develop a manufacturing plant in the Russian Federation. JBC International provided cost-benefit analyses for potential locations within the Russian Federation and JBC staff went on-site with company representatives to inspect each potential site and offer advise where required. Furthermore, JBC developed inroads with city officials in candidate cities in order to facilitate real estate, energy, and other negotiations.
AD/CVD Lobbying
JBC International periodically lobbies on clients' behalf in order to reverse existing or pending anti-dumping or counter-veiling duty (AD/CVD) orders. Industries for which JBC has previously lobbied against AD/CVDs include lumber and various metals, steel in particular (i.e., the Byrd Amendment).

Since its enactment in 2000 the progress of the Byrd Amendment has been closely monitored by JBC staff. Enacted by Congress, the Byrd Amendment redirects antidumping and countervailing duties from the U.S. Treasury to those companies that petitioned or supported antidumping and countervailing duty actions. However in July, 2002 the WTO ruled that the Amendment violated international trade regulations. As such, in 2005 the House approved repeal of the Amendment however it is still to be repealed by the Senate.
Duty Suspension Legislation
JBC International serves in a government relations capacity for several large chemical companies, lobbying Congress on their behalf regarding duty suspension legislation. JBC prepares and presents the materials required for these companies to be eligible to have certain duties suspended. This requires gathering specific information for the targeted chemicals, drafting the respective bills, securing Congressional sponsors to introduce enabling legislation and monitoring each bill as they pass through Congress. In the past this service has saved these companies nearly $250,000 annually.
HTS Classification Issues
The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) was enacted by Congress and made effective on January 1, 1989. The HTS comprises a hierarchical structure for describing all goods in trade for duty, quota, and statistical purposes. This structure is based upon the international Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS), administered by the World Customs Organization in Brussels. The 4- and 6-digit HS product categories are subdivided into 8-digit unique U.S. rate lines and 10-digit non-legal statistical reporting categories. This system, while all encompassing can be quite tedious and confusing. However because correct classification is essential, JBC International acts as a consultant to various companies wanting to ensure that their products are correctly classified.
Geographic Indications
Geographic indications (GIs) are indications which identify a good as originating in a territory, region or locality in that territory, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to its geographical origin. GI protection has become increasingly relevant with the introduction and application of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) and with the greater emphasis that has been placed on intellectual property rights over the past two decades. Consequently, JBC International serves to aid clients in their understanding and application of GIs and the benefits arising from such protection.

JBC International solicits various organizations in this capacity including individual members of Congress, the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and industry specific organizations (e.g., Grocery Manufacturers Association and the International Dairy Foods Association).
IPR protection
JBC International aids clients with various intellectual property issues including patents and trademarks, copyright, and determination of origin. JBC International tracks relevant legislation and pending trade agreements (unilateral, bilateral and multilateral) to determine the impact on clients.

Organizations solicited regarding intellectual property rights include individual members of Congress, the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), industry specific organizations (e.g., Grocery Manufacturers Association and the International Dairy Foods Association) and various trade associations (including the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and Women in International Trade (WIIT)).
Supply Chain Efficiency
JBC International works with various companies and non-government organizations to improve their supply chain efficiency and effectiveness. Supply chains vary in size and complexity and consist of numerous parties; manufacturers, brokers, carriers and retailers included. JBC International works to ensure that each client has a supply chain operation that performs in the most cost effective and time reducing manner. Utilizing their expertise in customs clearance regulations, JBC International is able to determine the most efficient methods for the tracking and delivery of shipments world wide.
Duty Sourcing
JBC International works for a variety of companies, researching and identifying different duty rates for numerous products world-wide. The main aim of this service is to maximize the benefits that arise from the various free trade agreements the United States is party to. Among other things, these international agreements provide preferential duty rates to US companies. Through duty sourcing JBC International is able to advise its clients of the best countries to export to (based on applicable duty rates) or even where it would be most economical to establish a new plant.

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Agriculture and Wine Consulting Capabilities

On behalf of its Agriculture Clients, JBC International works to facilitate profitable international trade for private sector companies. Our private sector offerings include:

Emerging Market Development
JBC International actively executes emerging market development studies and trainings worldwide. These activities can be conducted in collaboration with government entities, industry trade associations, and private sector organizations. As an example, after procuring a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, JBC International executed a comprehensive market access study in India on behalf of an agriculture trade association. This study included an in-depth investigation conducted in the United States and during a three week research trip throughout India to analyze systems relating to trade policy, regulatory control and enforcement, market segmentation and demand, local production trends, and supply chain/distribution channel management. This project’s overarching objective has been the creation of a blueprint strategy for U.S. stakeholder entry into the emerging Indian market.
International Trade Consulting for the Agriculture Sector
JBC International's team of trade consultants monitors, reviews, and lobbies for open access to developed and emerging markets. Utilizing a combination of experience, knowledge, and a vast network of professional contacts, our team develops strategic initiatives for the short-term troubleshooting and the long-term removal of onerous barriers to agricultural trade. The actions required to address trade barriers are unique and specific to each country and each barrier. However, we pride ourselves on our ability to use sound science, regulatory cooperation, and focused diplomacy to alleviate barriers to trade for our clients and the industries they represent.

As an example of this experience, JBC International has, for more than 16 years, represented the California Wine Institute and the California Association of Wine Grape Growers on International Affairs and Trade Policy. Over these years, JBC International has played an integral role in the value of US wine exports increasing from USD 30 million in the early 1980's to the near USD 1 billion that it now represents.
International Trade Barrier Reporting
JBC conducts research annually and reports on international trade barriers for agriculture industry clients. These reports review developments in international trade and summarize the impact of barriers on current and potential export sales. These reports include evaluations of both regional and country-specific export performances, as well as analyses of current trade negotiations and recently signed or implemented trade agreements. In addition, these reports identify opportunities that enable the Administration, Congress, and the industry involved to develop strategies to respond to barriers that affect international sales of U.S. agricultural goods. These reports serve as an invaluable tool in reporting barriers to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative for further action.
www.WineScience.com
WineScience.com is a full-service website that JBC International created in response to the ever-increasing growth of the U.S. wine export market. JBC developed this site on behalf of the California Wine Institute and the California Association of Wine Grape Growers so that their members could be better informed about the regulations governing the import of wine by foreign countries. This website contains detailed and comprehensive information on the unique regulations of each country that imports U.S. wine. The site's knowledge base has prepared and enabled hundreds of U.S. wineries to export their wine throughout the world.
The World Wine Trade Group (WWTG)
Founded in 1998, the group aims to share information, collaborates on a variety of international issues, and endeavors to create and environment for the free trade of wine. JBC International was integral in the foundation of the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG), and functioned as the group's Secretariat for its first 8 years of existence. The WWTG is an informal grouping of government and industry representatives from wine producing countries. It is a bi-lingual organization; communication and information is available in English and Spanish.

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