Monday, August 7th, 2017


7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.          Conference Registration Desk/Information Center

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.                  Breakfast and Opening Remarks

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.                Concurrent Sessions


CCS Session: Tariff Engineering: How to Do it Properly


Precis: Tariff Engineering is a process which has always been used to minimize the amount of duties paid upon importation of goods, whether it is avoiding AD/CVD cases or just paying a reduced tariff rate on the ultimate duty rate when it applies. Hear from experts on what you can look for to utilize this process, as well as traps you should avoid. 



  • Jennifer Diaz, Diaz Trade Law
  • Lawrence Friedman, Barnes, Richardson & Colburn LLP


CES Session: Documentation for Export Compliance (Proper Use of SLI, etc.)


Precis: When dealing with an export shipment it is important to pre-plan the process, keeping in mind all the regulations you will have to comply with, as well as the liability involved in the movement of the merchandise and the responsible party. Learn how to properly use tools such as the Shipper Letter of Instruction (SLI) to improve compliance on shipments you are involved with as an exporter or service provider. 



  • Merit Tremper, LCB, CCS, Merit Trade Consulting Services LLC
  • Paulette Kolba, Manager, Export Compliance, DSV Air & Sea Inc. 


10:15 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.  Coffee Break (Sponsored by: WiseTech Global)


10:35 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions


CCS/CES Session: PGA Update: Reporting Process in ACE (FDA, CPSC, etc.)


Precis: Participating Government Agencies (PGAs) are getting more involved with the International Trade process. As International Trade practictioners, we need to be better informed on the requirements being imposed, as well as the process involved in providing the requested information. Learn what is changing, along with how to provide this information through the ACE platform. 



  • Tom Kuerbs, LCB, Descartes
  • Craig Seelig, WiseTech Global
  • Russell K. Statman, Executive Director, Registrar Corp
  • Mark Hirzel, A.N. Deringer, Inc. - Moderator


CES Session:  Update on Embargoes and Sanctions


Precis: Embargoes and Sanctions are a part of International Trade that we not only need to be aware of, but be diligent to ensure we keep up with the changes. Where should we be looking for this information? Are all embargoes and sanctions the same? Make sure you know the rules before doing business with countries included in either embargoes or sanctions. Know what is allowed, as well as what will cause you problems. 



  • Lawrence W. Hanson, Attorney at Law


??12:05 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch (On Your Own)


1:15 - 2:45 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions


CCS Session: Self filing vs. Broker filing, Challenges, Similarities, etc. 


Precis: What should be considered when making a decision to self-file? Is it as simple as filing an entry? Is it based on volume of transactions? Is it based on the complexity of the product being imported? Or is there more that you should consider? People have frequently posed this question. Find out what should be considered when making this decision and what's at stake. 



  • Susan Kohn Ross, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLC
  • Karin Smith, CEO, CustomsNow


CES Session: End User Verification Best Practices


Precis: Do you really know who you're dealing with when conducting an International Trade transaction? Is the person you are dealing with actually the party who will use the product? This session will provide you with the tools you should be using to verify this information. Make sure to avail yourself of the proper practices to verify the end-user. 


2:45 - 3:05 p.m.   Coffee Break (Sponsored by: Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association)


3:05 - 4:25 p.m.   Concurrent Sessions


CCS Session: Making FTZ, Bonded Warehouses, and ATA Carnets Work For You


Precis: When transacting business in the movement of goods across International borders, there are many tools you should consider to optimize the movement as well as the cost. Listen to industry experts describe the benefits of their programs and how you should incorporate them into your operation. 



  • Amanda Barlow, VP ATA Carnet, Roanoke Insurance Group, Inc. 
  • Jill James, LCB, CCS, CES, John S. James Co. 
  • Robert Stein, VP, Mohawk Global Trade Advisors


CES Session: Export Licensing Strategies for Better Compliance


Precis: Are you required to license the goods you are exporting out of this country? Our experts will explain what the best process would be to identify if the product you are exporting actually does require licensing, as well as provide you with strategies on how to incorporate the acquisition and use of these licenses in your International Trade Chain. 



  • Margrette Francisco, The Marvin Group
  • Bruce Leeds, Braumiller Law Group PLLC


4:25 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.    Concurrent Sessions


CCS Session: Forced Labor Laws: What Does It Mean For You?


Precis: With the enactment of TFTEA last year we have seen many changes in the enforcement and targeting by CBP, from Customs Bond Sufficiency rules and enforcement to stricter enforcement on AD/CVD. There is now a more watchful eye on forced labor and CBP's desire to have a more transparent view of the people involved with transacting business with the U.S. through a better vetting of Importers of Record. See how you can navigate these changes and stay compliant. 



  • Lisa Gelsomino, President/CEO, Avalon Risk Management
  • Eric Smithweiss, Grunfeld Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP


CES Session: How to Handle U.S. Export Agency Government Outreach & Company Visits


Precis: Over the last several years there has been an increasing emphasis on export rules enforcement. With this reality the government agencies involved in enforcing these regulations are becoming involved in the verification process. How should you respond to this outreach? What are you obligated to provide and what is the time frame to provide the requested information? When the government schedules a visit - what should you expect? This session will provide the answers. 



  • Olga Torres, Torres Law, PLLC


6:00 - 7:30 p.m.         Networking Reception



Tuesday, August 8th, 2017


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: Reconciliation Entries in ACE


Precis: With the recent changes CBP has made to the Reconciliation process, make sure you are compliant and optimizing the process. We will review and explore how ACE affects reconciliation as well as review some of the items you should keep front and center when utilizing the reconciliation process. 



  • George Tuttle III, Law Office of George R. Tuttle, A.P.C.


CCS/CES Session: Best Practices to Avoid Unexpected Costs in International Trade (Demurrage, etc.)


Precis: The process of international trade involves many players and all these segments of the transaction come with the potential of added cost and damage. There are processes you can implement to minimize the potential additional cost during the clearance and delivery process. This session will show you what you should focus on when we prepare to move product through an international border. 



  • Cameron Roberts, Roberts & Kehagiaras LLP
  • Robert Bown, Director, International Trade Compliance at United Technologies Corporation - Aerostructures


9:30 - 10:45 a.m.   Concurrent Sessions


CCS/CES Session: Tools and Techniques for Internal Audits


Precis: The potential of audits being performanced by a representative of the U.S. Government is a given--even more so during the current government political enviornment. We want to provide tools and techniques for conducting internal risk assesments from two two former customs auditors' perspectives. This session will help you be better prepared and have peace of mind when the government comes calling. 



  • Cindy DeLeon, DeLeon Trade LLC
  • John Metrich, DeLeon Trade LLC


CCS/CES Session: INCOTERMS: A Case Study


Precis: INCOTERMS are an extremely important part of an International Trade process. At its most basic level, Incoterms set the tone and expectation of an international transaction, identifying ownership, liability, and responsibility. Our speakers will walk you through case studies that will help you identify how powerful Incoterms are, and how you can use them to best serve your interest. 



  • Kelly Raia, Dragonfly International 
  • Tom Gould, Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg P.A. 


10:45 - 11:05 a.m. Coffee Break


11:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions


CCS Session: Mastering HTSUS and Schedule B Classifications


Precis: The Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTSUS) is one of the more complex documents individuals in International Trade deal with, and its relationship with the Schedule B Classifications for export entries is quite interesting. We will study the different aspects of the HTSUS and Schedule B including the General Rules of Interpretation and other documents such as explanatory notes play into the process. Examples will be used to stress some of the things we should consider when classifying items for international movement. 



  • Suzanne Richer, CHB, CCLS, Amber Road
  • Rennie Alston, American River Group of Companies
  • Michael Roll, World Trade Lawyers


CCS/CES Session: Building a Successful Compliance Program & Team


Precis: Putting together a good compliance team is an art. What type of people are good fits for this task? Once a team is assembled, what is needed to make this team effective? Work enviornment, continued access to updated rules, and proper tools needed to complete a compliance task are just some of the items which will be discussed during this panel. 



  • Rachel Pisani, Pisani Recruiting, Inc. 
  • Beth Pride, BPE Global 


12:20 - 12:40 p.m. Working Lunch (Sponsored by Descartes Systems (USA) LLC)


12:40 - 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions


CCS Session: Customs Bond Insufficiencies and Ensuring Compliance with CBP



  • Colleen Clarke, Roanoke Insurance Group
  • Jim Farrell, Intergro Insurance Brokers
  • Jason Wieselman, International Bond & Marine 
  • Keith Sanchez, Avalon Risk Management 


CCS/CES: Communicating with CBP before the Crisis


Precis: Importers, Exporters, Licensed Customs Brokers--we all deal with CBP on many levels--from the line officer clearing goods at a border crossing, to the import specialist who is determining proper classifications, to other trade issues such as IPR, etc. The way we communicate our concerns and issues with CBP is important. We will discuss the proper dialogue that should exist with the govenrment prior to a cris, which will change the approach everyone involved will take. 



  • Adrienne Braumiller, Braumiller Law Group PLLC
  • Peter Quinter, GrayRobinson


2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.          Concurrent Sessions


CCS/CES Session:            Duty Drawback Simplification / Adapting Your Procedures


Precis: The Duty Drawback process is currently under changes by the govenrment. With the help of some trade professionals who are deeply involved with duty drawback, new rules and processes are being implemented. Find out what has changed, as well as how to best utilize this sytem, which has been developed to promote international trade. 



  • Michael Cerny, CEO & General Counsel, Global Customs & Trade Specialists, Inc. 
  • Dave Corn, LLC, CCS, VP, Comstock & C.J. Holt


CCS/CES Session:            Using ACE Reports: An Update


Precis: Now that we have some time dealing with ACE under our belts, how many of us are comfortable with ACE reports, and how many get the best utilization of the ACE report tools when dealing with compliance? This session is a time to see if you are optimizing the reporting function, and if not, learn what you need to do to get the most out of this extremely valuable and powerful tool the new ACE system is providing us to meet the compliance requirements set for us by CBP. 




  • Sandy Coty, A.N. Deringer, Inc. 
  • Carlos R. Rodriguez, CBP 


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



NATIONAL CUSTOMS BROKERS & FORWARDERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC. Copyright © 2017 All Rights Reserved.   Powered by MemberMax