Last Chance to Register for These Upcoming NEI Webinars


  • NEW AD/CVD Webinar Recording Available  - The NEI’s May 9 AD/CVD webinar was in such high demand, it sold out! Luckily, the speakers gave permission to record it and upload it to the NEI’s free webinar page. To view a recording of the webinar, please click here. Should you wish to earn continuing education credits, you may do so by viewing the recording and writing a short summary of the presentation. Direct any questions regarding this presentation to NEI Director Cecilia Ferrara.


  • Using Excel as Part of Your Trade Compliance Program - Join us on May 23 from noon to 2 p.m. ET for an Excel training webinar! During this two-hour webinar Stephanie Norris, the Valuation Leader for GE's Global Operations Customs shared service operation, will show you how to use tools in Excel as part of your trade compliance program!

Key training points:

  • Using filters
  • Using Pivot Tables
  • Using Excel's VLOOKUP, INDEX and MATCH functions to manipulate data
  • Separating and joining data (left, mid, right, concatenate, text to columns)
  • Create check formulas to review for red flags 


  • NEI Presents Prospects for NAFTA Renegotiation - Eyes around the world will be watching as the new Administration takes its first stab at trade negotiations with the renegotiation of the 23-year old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It was easy to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) but it surely will be more difficult to renegotiate NAFTA, an agreement around which substantial business operations have been built. President Trump came close to withdrawing from the Agreement, as reflected by a leaked draft Executive Order, but instead told his Canadian and Mexican counterparts that he wouldn't withdraw at this time. There was also the leaked draft notice to Congress on NAFTA renegotiation, which looked a lot like TPP.

Commerce Secretary Ross says that the anxiety over trade will subside once NAFTA is done the right way. Secretary Ross has mentioned coverage of services, rules of origin, digital trade and dispute settlement as issues to be addressed in a new NAFTA. Meanwhile, Mexico has been consulting with its own private sector and preparing for the renegotiations for quite some time. They have an experienced team and will be formidable negotiators, as will be the case with Canada. The Trump Administration seems to be aiming for a quick renegotiation but Mexico has its own presidential elections in July 2018, which promise to complicate things.

Register for this May 24, 1-2 p.m. webinar to hear from Mexican customs lawyer Alejandro Garcia Seimandi with Garcia Seimandi, Flores & Villeda, and from U.S. customs lawyer Evelyn M. Suarez, founder and principal of The Suarez Firm and President of the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) about the prospects for NAFTA renegotiation.

  • They will discuss:
  • The process for renegotiation in Mexico and the U.S.
  • What has worked for companies under the current Agreement?
  • What improvements can be made?
  • How much room is there to make changes and what is likely to change?
  • And what does this all mean for customs enforcement of the existing NAFTA in this new age of trade policy and customs enforcement of the Trump Administration?

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