ITC Names New Director for Tariff Affairs and Trade Agreements
The International Trade Commission announced April 4 that James R. Holbein has been named director of the Office of Tariff Affairs and Trade Agreements. This office is responsible for maintaining and publishing the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, represents the U.S. in the work of the World Customs Organization and coordinates interagency work on statistical annotations in the HTSUS. It also provides advice on tariff legislation and tariff provisions in trade agreements and manages a heavily used online database of tariff and trade information.
Holbein joined the ITC in 2008 and has served as secretary to the Commission and director of the Office of Docket Services. Prior to joining the ITC he was president of a consulting firm that managed projects for start-up companies in the cybersecurity and environmental technology sectors and provided services involving regional integration, international trade policy and alternative dispute resolution to governments, companies and non-government organizations. He also participated on several NAFTA Chapter 19 panels that reviewed appeals of antidumping and countervailing duty determinations. Earlier in his career Holbein served for 10 years as the U.S. secretary of the NAFTA Secretariat at the Department of Commerce, where he managed an international trade dispute settlement process, and for 10 years as a foreign service officer in Korea and Norway.