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Monday, August 7th, 2017


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


7:30 - 8:30 a.m.        Breakfast and Opening Remarks (Keynote Breakfast Speaker: Tom O'Brien, Executive Director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation at California State University, Long Beach)


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: Good Communications = Compliant Transactions (Using the SLI & Other Documents to Stay Compliant)


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. The exporter and their freight forwarder share regulatory responsibilities, therefore communication between them is critical. Join us for an interactive discussion on regulatory requirements and learn how to effectively use tools such as the Shipper Letter of Instruction (SLI) to communicate information, expectations, and 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 practitioners, 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, Past President, Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders, 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
  • Angela Chamberlain, Vice President - Global Trade Content, Integration Point


??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. 



  • Jennifer Horvath, Braumiller Law Group
  • Bruce Leeds, Braumiller Law Group 
  • Daniel Mc Gowan, Department of Commerce - Office of Export Enforcement


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: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) of 2015, Anti-Dumping & Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD), Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Forced Labor Laws, and Bona Fides: What Does It Mean to You?


Precis: With the enactment of TFTEA last year, we have seen many changes in the enforcement and targeting by CBP on priority trade issues, especially IPR and AD/CVD. There is now a more watchful eye on forced labor, and CBP's desire to have a more transparent view of the entire supply chain through better vetting of Suppliers and Importers of Record. See how you can navigate these changes and stay compliant. 



  • Lisa Gelsomino, President/CEO, Avalon Risk Management
  • Vince Iacopella, EVP Growth & Strategy, Alba Wheels Up International, Inc.
  • Eric Smithweiss, Grunfeld Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP
  • Anne Maricich, Customs & Border Protection 


CES Session: Export Enforcement Trends and Government Visits


Precis: Over the last several years there has been an increasing emphasis on export rules enforcement, and multiple agencies are involved in enforcing these rules. How has the Export Control Reform initiative affected this enforcement? How should you respond to “outreach” conducted by agency enforcement branches? When the government schedules a visit - what should you expect? This session will provide the answers and will also discuss recent enforcement cases.



  • Olga Torres, Torres Law, PLLC
  • Daniel McGowan, Department of Commerce - Office of Export Enforcement


6:00 - 7:30 p.m.         Networking Reception (Sponsored by: Avalon Risk Management, FCL Logistics, & Price Transfer)



Tuesday, August 8th, 2017


7 a.m. - 12 p.m.       Conference Registration Desk/Information Center

7 - 8  a.m.               Breakfast

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


CCS Session: Reconciliation Entries in ACE


Precis: When and how to utilize CBP’s entry reconciliation process for post entry changes.  This session will review CBP’s current entry reconciliation program, as well as review how this program will change when fully integrated into ACE. make sure you are compliant and optimizing the process. We will review and explore how to use the reconciliation program as well as review some of the items you should keep front and center when preparing your reconciliation entries.



  • 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
  • Bob Bowen, 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 performed by a representative of the U.S. Government is a given--even more so during the current government political environment. We want to provide tools and techniques for conducting internal risk assessments 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 and 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 environment, 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 p.m. Concurrent Sessions


CCS Session: Customs Bond Insufficiencies and Ensuring Compliance with CBP


Precis: In the changing landscape of required CBP enforcement initatives surrounding revenue collection, it is more important than ever for importers and customs brokers to be informed of customs bonds requirements. Listen to the experts from the surety bond community on what processes and procedures you should implement to assure your bonds are sufficent to avoid a potentially expensive procesess in bringing your bonds into compliance. The deployment of Drawback in ACE allows accelerated refunds of all duty, taxes and fees; this will cause most Drawback bonds to increase. Learn also about the nuances of eBond, customs broker responsibilities and exposures in vetting importers, classifying entries, fronting duties, and issues surrounding demurrage. 



  • Colleen Clarke, Roanoke Insurance Group
  • Ed Mascher, Intergro Insurance Brokers
  • James Reiss, 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 government prior to a crisis, 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 government. 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 system, 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


*3:45 to 5:30 p.m.   Post-Conference ACE Reporting Session (Import)


*3:45 to 5:30 p.m.   Post-Conference ACE Reporting Session (Export)


*Additional registration required




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