Jim Holbein has decades of experience in trade negotiating, trade policy development, tariff nomenclature and administration, customs enforcement, international trade dispute settlement, and import compliance. In his most recent federal position he managed the development of tariff nomenclature for all Section 301 tariffs and exclusions, Miscellaneous Tariff Bills, for non-legal statistical breakouts to help firms isolate trade volumes for specific products, and supervised U.S. representation to the World Customs Organization making changes to the Harmonized System.
Jim is a former Federal Executive with more than 30 years of government experience, who most recently was responsible for supervising a professional staff maintaining the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. at the International Trade Commission (ITC). He ran the NAFTA trade dispute settlement process while at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He was a diplomat and trade negotiator for the U.S. Department of State. He is the author of more than 25 books, articles and conference papers dealing with international trade and dispute settlement.