Monday, July 29, 2019



7 a.m. - 5 p.m.          Conference Registration Desk & Exhibits  |  


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


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



CCS Session: China Tariffs and the 301 Exclusion Process  |  


Precis: The trade wars have begun and we need to become more familiar with the steps afforded us to minimize the impact of both Section 301 and Section 232 tariffs. During this session learn about the steps needed to seek exclusions from these additional duties. 




CES Session: Export Control Updates 2019   |  


Precis: Export control regulations are always changing, so attend this session to find out important changes which may affect your international trade movements. We will highlight important changes, as well as provide standard and best practices to help avoid erroneous filings to the various government agencies. 





10:15 - 10:35 a.m.  Coffee Break   |  




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



CCS Session: PGA Penalty Mitigation on an International Trade Transaction |  


Precis: With access to more information, Particiapting Government Agencies (PGA) involved in the importation of goods into the United States are receiving more important through ACE, thus policing the products entering into the U.S. commerce with greater frequency. During this session, get helpful insight on how to mitigate any penalties you may receceive. 




CCS/CES Session: TFTEA Duty Drawback Regulations: Great Expectations or Grim Reality?  |  Lincoln East 


Precis: With the expected release of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Section 906 of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, the panel will review what is expected from the newly proposed Part 190, what has been released by CBP so far regarding the proposed regulatory package, how these regulations will impact drawback filers, and how comments to the proposed regulations could impact final implementation. 



  • David Corn, Comstock & Theakston, Inc.
  • Michael Cerny, Esq., Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
  • Bill Methenitis, Charter Brokerage




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




1:15 - 2:45 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions:



CCS/CES Session: New CTPAT Minimum Security Requirements Standards Update  |  Lincoln West


Precis: This session will include an explanation of new proposed minimum security standards inclusive of Cyber security, Corporate Responsibility, and Agricultural security controls. This will be a working interactive session to address the incorporation of new and existing minimum security requirements into the ability of CTPAT partner execution and demonstration.



  • Rennie Alston, The American River Group of Companies 
  • Michelle Schulz, Akerman LLP



CES Session: ADD/CVD Section 201 Duties on Steel and Aluminum  |  Lincoln East


Precis: With the implementation of Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) of 2015, several issues have been brought to the forefront of International Trade. One of the items that has come to pass is the additional tariffs on Steel and Aluminum.  Learn what changes have been implemented and how it affects you, as well as what we can do to minimize the effect of these actions.



  • Jennifer Horvath, Braumiller Law Group PLLC
  • Richard Belanger, Sidley Austin LLP




2:45 - 3:05 p.m.   Coffee Break  |  Lincoln Foyer




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



CCS/CES Session: Making FTZs Work for You  |  Lincoln West


Precis: The use of Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) could be a great tool to minimize tariff cost, tax implications, as well as delivery times on goods.  Attend this session to understand the way FTZs can benefit you as an importer or exporter as well as an additional service a Broker or Forwarder can offer. 



  • Kathy Wilkins, Alliance Operating Services
  • Ray Shaw, Ryan LLC
  • Curtis Spencer, IMS Worldwide, Inc.
  • Jill James, John S. James Co. 



CES Session: Staying Compliant with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR & ITAR)  |  Lincoln East


Precis: Export Transactions are subject to many government agency regulation, ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) and the EAR (Export Administration Regulations) are some of the broadest export control regulations run by different departments of the US Government. Both of them are designed to help ensure that defense related technology does not get into the wrong hands.  See what needs to be done to stay compliant with these regulations.



  • Olga Torres, Torres Law PLLC
  • Jamie Joiner, Joiner Law Firm
  • Marcela Vallejos, Raytheon’s Global Customs Export Manager




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



CCS Session: Government Action Through TFTEA  |  Lincoln West


Precis: With the implementation of TFTEA, several issues have been brought to the forefront of International Trade.  Subjects such as ADD/CVD, and Forced Labor are some of the main issues being addressed under this agreement. Recently the government has taken several actions based on the TFTEA agreement. See what you can do to avoid getting hurt by the actions being taken by the government. 



  • Jen Diaz, Diaz Trade Law
  • Lisa Gelsomino, Avalon Risk Management
  • Lawrence Hanson, Law Office of Lawrence W. Hanson



CES Session: The Do's and Don'ts of Voluntary Self-Disclosure  |  Lincoln East


Precis: Parties involved with International trade transactions are commonly asked to prepare and submit Voluntary Self Disclosures on transactions dealing with exports out of the country,  or prior disclosures on entries being filed with Customs and Border Protection on transactions dealing with imports into the country.  Before you rush into this process make sure you are aware of what exactly you are submitting.  Avoid giving additional information which may trigger additional fines or penalties.



  • Frank Desiderio, Esq., GDLSK
  • George Tuttle III, Tuttle Law Offices




6:00 - 7:30 p.m.         Networking Reception (Sponsored by: Avalon Risk Management)  |  Reflections






Tuesday, July 31, 2018



7 a.m. - 12 p.m.      Conference Registration Desk & Exhibits  |  Lincoln Foyer


7 - 8  a.m.               Breakfast  |  Lincoln Foyer


8:15 - 9:30 a.m.      Concurrent Sessions:



CCS Session: The New In Bond Movement Regulations - Putting Together the Pieces of the Puzzle  |  Lincoln West


Precis: CBP has introduced changes to the In-bond system used by the trade community to move goods within the territory of the United States without formally entering into the commerce of the United States by way of a formal Customs entry declaration.  This session will show you what is needed to maintain compliance with the new procedures introduced by the new In-bond rules.  



  • Lenny Feldman, Sandler, Travis, and Rosenberg P.A. 
  • Madeleine Veigel, Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.
  • Michael Young, OOCL (USA) Inc.



CCS/CES Session: Minimizing Your Exposure on an International Trade Transaction through International Trade Insurance Instruments  |  Lincoln East


Precis: International Trade is filled with hidden financial risk.  Using common practices as well as utilizing products, which limit any exposure there may be with this type of transaction, could easily mitigate this risk. Find out what to use and how to properly utilize what is available to you in the marketplace.



  • Thomas A. Cook, Blue Tiger International 
  • Grant E. Goldsmith, Roanoke Insurance Group
  • Christine Wade, Avalon Risk Management




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



CCS/CES Session: Creating a Strong Internal Audit Program  |  Lincoln West


Precis: How effective is your Customs Compliance Program?  You will never truly know unless you audit!  But how much testing is enough and what should the audit cover? Come and learn from experienced trade professionals who have evaluated and created hundreds of audit programs!  We will discuss risk assessments, sampling methodologies, sample sizes, root cause analysis, and corrective action. 



  • Cindy Deleon, Deleon Trade LLC
  • Kristin Simonson, Deleon Trade LLC
  • Jill Brooks, Raytheon 



CCS Session: Using Tools to Validate Your Tariff Classifications (Explanatory Notes, CBP Cross Systems, etc.)  |  Lincoln East


Precis: One of the main components for any Import transaction is the classification of the product, which determines duty rate as well as other government agency involvement.  Learn best practices in this critical aspect of our business service.  You will investigate the proper use of the HTS, including the General Rules of Interpretation, Explanatory notes as well as the use of other tools such as the CBP Cross system, which guides us with decisions made on similar products. 



  • Susan Danks, WiseTech Global
  • Lawrence M. Friedman, Barnes, Richardson & Colburn, LLP
  • Suzanne M. Richer, Amber Road




10:45 - 11:05 a.m.   Coffee Break  |  Lincoln Foyer




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



CCS/CES Session: Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts: How Will They Transform International Trade?  |  Lincoln West 


Precis: These emerging technologies are set to disrupt and transform how we do business globally.  From international trade to banking and finance, dramatic changes are coming. While not yet mainstream, there are already many industries that are looking ahead at how the impact of these technologies will affect their specific sectors. This presentation will demystify these world-changing, trust-building technologies. We will focus on their definitions, history, and functionality and how they are set to transform money, business, government and society and why you should pay attention to them now.



  • Celeste Catano, Blujay Solutions
  • Fito Kahn, Multimedia Partners LLC



CCS/CES Session: Customs Bond Sufficiency Calculation: Understanding the Guidelines  |  Lincoln East


Precis: This session will help you understand the rules CBP has established for bond sufficiency. The economic consequences for doing this wrong could delay your flow of goods into the marketplace as well as being very costly to the company. You will learn how surety agents and customs brokers work together to ensure importers are compliant with CBP's bond requirements and how customs brokers assist importers with revenue related matters. 



  • Christie Brush, Avalon Risk Management
  • Colleen Clarke, Roanoke Insurance Group
  • Shane Garcia, R.W. Smith & Co., Inc.
  • David Meyer, DJS International Services, Inc. 




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




12:40 - 2 p.m.   Concurrent Sessions:



CCS Session: Country of Origin Rules and Proper Marking Requirements  |  Lincoln West


Precis: County of Origin rules seem to be very straight forward; they are not.  With each Foreign Trade agreement there seems to be a different set of rules to determine origin.  With different types of commodities there are different rules as to what and where marking are to be placed.  Get a better understanding of some of the things you should look for when determining if the marking on the product you are dealing with are compliant.



  • Susan Kohn Ross, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
  • Robert Stein, Mohawk Global Trade Advisors



CCS/CES: Creating a Strong Training Program for Your Compliance Team  |  Lincoln East


Precis: Your Compliance Team, whether residing within an Importers or Exporters business or through the use of a service provider-- or both -- is the first line of defense against any fines or penalties from any Government agency in charge of enforcing the ever changing regulations associated with this type of activity. Keeping your compliance team current and informed is a challenge many companies face.  Learn ways to keep everyone well trained no mater what the size of your company.



  • Amy Magnus, A.N. Deringer, Inc.
  • Erin Crockett, Colfax
  • Beth Pride, BPE Global




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



CCS/CES Session:  NAFTA Update: Where Are We?  |  Lincoln West


Precis: Does anyone really know what is to come of the NAFTA agreement?  Hear from three experts about where they think things are going and what you can do to position your company to deal with the potential outcomes of the negotiations. 



  • Adrienne Braumiller, Braumiller Law Group
  • Kim Campbell, Mikmarin Trade Services
  • Brenda Cordova, Mexico Attorney



CCS/CES Session:  Understanding and Utilizing Your ACE Reports  |  Lincoln East


Precis: Customs and Border Protection is continuing to enhance the ACE reporting function to include not only reports on Importation but reports on Exports as well. This session is meant to show you what is available and how to best utilize the reports you can generate out of the ACE reporting function.



  • Sandra Langford-Coty, LCB, CCS, Director of Operational Development, A.N. Deringer Inc.
  • Paulette Kolba, DSV Air & Sea Inc
  • Carlos Rodriguez, Customs and Border Protection
  • Mayumi Brewster, U.S. Census Bureau




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





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