Global Trade Educational Conference Program

August 8-9th, 2016

 

** The 2017 G.TEC Agenda will be posted soon **

 

Monday, August 8th, 2016

 

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Conference Registration Desk/Information Center
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast & Opening Remarks (Sponsored by: Ronaoke Trade: Insurance for Trade & Transportation)

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions
CCS Session PGA Update: What to Look Forward to in ACE
Chastain F-H                                                                                                        Précis: With the implementation of ACE, many of the ways we interact with other government agencies will change. These changes can take many forms, such as additional data elements being requested or the time at which data needs to be submitted. Learn about the upcoming changes and how you can manage them within your own processes.
 

Presenters:

 

  • Adam Hill, LCB, CCS/CES, Vice President, Operations, Scarbrough International, Ltd.
  • Myra Reynolds, Corporate Import Manager, John S. James Co.

 

CES Session ACE Reports and AESDirect: What You Need To Know
Chastain D-E Précis: ACE has changed the way we interact with government agencies in charge of exports such as the Department of Commerce and Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS). The process of filing export data through ACE will be discussed, as well as how to use the ACE portal to run beneficial reports for tracking and controlling your export process.
 

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10:15 - 10:35 a.m. Coffee Break (Sponsored by: Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.)
10:35 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
CCS/CES Session Understanding the General Rules of Interpretation of The Harmonized Tariff Schedule and Proper Application During Classification
Chastain F-H Précis: A critical part of filing correct customs entries to Customs & Border Protection (CBP) starts with a strong understanding of the General Rules of Interpretation of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule. This session will discuss some of the items you should look for when classifying your imported product(s). It will also help minimize the issues you would face if you did not properly classify your imported product(s).
 

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CES Session The Proper Use of Prior Disclosures on Export Violations

Chastain D-E

Précis: We have all faced the issue of discerning what the right way is to advise the government on errors made during the filing of our export documentation. We all want to ensure we disclose such information in a manner which limits the fines and penalties we could possibly face due to uncovered errors. During this session find out what the best procedure is to accomplish this task.
 

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12:05 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch (On Your Own)
1:15 - 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
CCS Session True Life Commercial Fraud Stories
 Chastain F-H Précis: Hear directly from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) on how they crack down on commercial fraud working in close cooperation with CBP and the Department of Justice (DOJ). Representatives from CBP and DOJ will also participate in this informative panel that will focus on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD), and other true trade crimes.
 

Presenters: 

 

  • Brian C. Bujdoso, Assistant Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) 
  • Matthew Saylor, Supervisory Special Agent, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
  • Robert Thommen, Assistant Center Director, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), Consumer Products & Mass Merchandising (CPMM) Center of Excellence and Expertise
  • Brian Pearce, Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Georgia, Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Lisa Gelsomino, President/CEO, Avalon Risk Management

 

CCS/CES Session Making Free Trade Agreements Work For You (NAFTA, CAFTA, TPP, etc.)
Chastain D-E Précis: Each Free Trade Agreement has processes within the agreement which importers can take advantage of if they are aware of the unique individual processes. This session is intended to point out some of these items and help you take advantage of them.
 

Presenters:

 

  • Rennie Alston, CEO, American River Group
  • Tom Gould, Senior Director, Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services, Inc.

 

2:45 - 3:05 p.m. Coffee Break (Sponsored by: WiseTech Global)
3:05 - 4:25 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
CCS Session Related Party Valuation & Transfer Pricing (from the perspective of former Customs Auditors)
Chastain F-H Précis: Does your company have a lot of related party imports? If so, you won't want to miss this session. CBP has significantly increased its audit scrutiny over related party valuation for importers, focusing on basis of appraisement, additions to value, supplemental payments, and related-party transfer pricing. This presentation will delve beyond the traditional proof of payment verification and cover some of the more complex and high-risk valuation issues; provide an importer with practical tools to target and identify potential problem areas; cover the issues and complexities of related party transfer pricing including circumstances of sale testing and cover steps an importer can take to ensure it's using the correct value for related-party transactions and mitigate the risk associated with these imports. 
 

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CCS/CES Session Building Compliant Operations Policies & Fostering Higher Compliance Levels
Chastain D-E Précis: Do you have good compliant policies in place for your international trade activity? Is it important to have standard operating procedures for this part of your business? Learn why it is important to address this matter while also receiving guidance on building a strong set of operation procedures which will foster a higher compliance level for your company, whether you are an importer, exporter, or service provider.
 

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4:25 - 5:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
CCS Session Understanding and Using the Centers of Excellence and Expertise
Chastain F-H Précis: CBP has changed the way they manage accounts and they have begun to utilize the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs). What does that mean for us? How do we interact with the CEEs? During this session we will be discussing the best way to utilize these centers to assure you the best results when working with the government on your international trade issues.
 

Presenters:

 

  • Maureen Oliphant, Yusen Logistics
  • Mark Shacklette, Director, Customs Brokerage Compliance, UPS
  • Robert Thommen, Assistant Center Director, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), Consumer Products & Mass Merchandising (CPMM) Center of Excellence and Expertise

 

CCS/CES Session Cuba Trade Opportunities: What You Should Know
Chastain D-E

Précis: When companies are dealing with international trade they always need to be aware of trade restrictions in place with other countries. One specific country of significance on this issue is Cuba. During this session hear what opportunities are available when considering trade with them, as well as what is still not permitted.

 

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6 - 7:30 p.m. Networking Reception (Sponsored by: Avalon Risk Management)
                 
 
Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
 
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Conference Registration Desk/Information Center
7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

8:15 - 9:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
CCS Session Government Audits: Avoiding the Pitfalls that Trigger a Regulatory Audit
Chastain D-E Précis: Items that trigger a customs audit will be the focus of this session. You will learn what you should focus your attention on when writing standard operating procedures and what you should focus on when doing internal audits within your company so that you will not have any surprises when the government comes to audit your company.
 

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CCS Food Safety Modernization Act and Imports of Food Products
Chastain F-H Précis: Commencing September 2016, most food facilities producing food for the U.S. Market will be required to comply with FDA's new Preventitive Controls rule, and most importers will be required to comply with the Foreign Supplier Verification Act (FSVA) rules by May 2017. These rules are a historic change in the way FDA regulates food and impose significant new requirements on imports. This session will explain the effects of the new rules on importers and suggest strategies for compliance, as well as to take advantage of competitive opportunities that may be presented by the changes. It will also cover the best ways to keep out of trouble with FDA.
 
 

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9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
CCS Session Rules of Origin under Different Free Trade Agreements (FTA's)
Chastain F-H  Précis: Not all FTA's are the same and one of the principal areas of difference is the treatment of Rules of Origin to qualify the FTA's. This session will discuss some of the different manners in which Rules of Origin need to be looked at with different FTA's. This information will help you determine if your imported products do in fact qualify for inclusion and benefits of various FTA's.
 

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CCS/CES Session

Integration of New Business Units (acquisitions) & the Implementation of Compliance Programs

Chastain D-E

Précis: In today's fast paced world, mergers and acquisitions as well as paradigm shifts are a very normal part of business. This session will discuss what needs to be done to merge, standardize, or simply update corporate compliance policies and operations to avoid any business distruption and possible financial penalties when procedures or policies may not be in sync between one company or division and another. Even if you are not undergoing a change in ownership or structure we will address the due diligence and best practices that brokers, forwarders, importers and exporters must consider in any case to ensure compliance with legal, regulatory, and operational requirements.

 

Presenters:

 

  • Lenny Feldman, Managing Member - Miami Office, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg P.A.
  • Olga Torres, Managing Member, Torres International Law PLLC
  • Mary King, Customs Compliance Professional

 

10:45 - 11:05 a.m. Coffee Break (Sponsored by: JAS Forwarding and Applied Freight Solutions)
11:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
CCS/CES Session What Intermediaries and Shippers Should Know About the Carmack Amendment & Interstate Cargo Claims

Chastain D-E

Précis: Waiting until a claim occurs is not the time to learn how the Carmack Amendment applies to your business and what you should expect. With that in mind, this panel will identify statutory responsibilities for intermediaries and best practices to manage their exposures including insurance coverage such as Contingent Cargo Liability and Errors and Omissions. Additional risk management strategies will be outlined for shippers to employ and using Cargo Insurance to minimize financial loss.
 

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CCS Session Improving Compliance Through the Proper Use of ACE Portal Reports
Chastain F-H   Précis: With full implementation of the Automated Commerical Enviornment (ACE), Importers, Exporters, Brokers and Forwarders alike have several more tools available to help them manager their International Trade activities. This session will help you get the most out of the ACE Portal Reports that are now available to you. The proper use of these reports can help to improve the compliance of your filings and better manage your international trade activities. In the fullness of time, use of ACE Reports will be the differentiating factor between those who can and those who cannot.
 
 

Presenters:

 

  • Sandy Coty, OHL
  • Carlos Rodriguez, Customs & Border Protection

 

12:20 - 12:40 p.m. Working Lunch (Sponsored by: Descartes Systems (USA) LLC)
12:40 - 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
CCS Session What to Look for in Trade Solutions Software
Chastain F-H  Précis: When you are selecting software for your international trade needs not all systems are the same. While they are all very good, some may fit your needs better than others depending on the size of your company or the complexity of the procedures you handle. This session is intended to give you insight into what you should consider when selecting the best fit for your company's needs.
 

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CCS/CES Session What's New in ATA Carnets
Chastain D-E  Précis: ATA Carnets continue to grow in popularity as a strong option for the international trade community. See what types of international trade movements are best served by the use of an ATA Carnet while also learning about any improvements to the system and additional signatory countries on the ATA Carnet agreement.
 

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2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
CCS Session Handling Customs Form 28 requests: Is it Too Late for a Prior Disclosure?
Chastain D-E 

Précis: What do you do when you receive a Customs Form 28 in the mail or your inbox? We should be very careful about how we handle these types of requests from the government. The question becomes--is it too late to correct something that's wrong, once you have received this request? What and why your best course of action is will be discussed during this session.

 

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CCS/CES Session ACE Implementation: What Does it Mean for the Service Providers, Importers, and Exporters?
Chastain F-H 

Précis: With the continued implementation of ACE will come changes in how we do business. During this session, learn what to expect as more functionality is introduced through ACE. What will improve and what will need adjustments by the industry to continue to move information and freight in an expeditious manner.

Presenters:

 

  • Craig Seelig, Product Manager - Customs and Government Compliance, WiseTech Global
  • Amy Magnus, Director of Customs Affairs & Compliance, A.N. Deringer
  • Virginia Thompson, Vice President - Product Management, Integration Point
  • Jason Wieselman, National Account Manager, International Bond & Marine

 

3:30 p.m End of Global Trade Educational Conference

 

 
 
 

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