Monday, July 29, 2019



7 a.m. - 5 p.m.          Conference Registration Desk | Queen Anne Mezzanine 

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.          Exhibits  |  Iberville C-D


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  |  


Précis: 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. 




  • Joseph "Jay" A. Acayan, Givens & Johnston Customs and International Trade Law
  • Adrienne Braumiller, Braumiller Law Group 
  • Susan "Su" Kohn Ross, MSK 


CES Session: Export Control Updates 2019   |  


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




  • Shannon Fura, Page-Fura P.C. 
  • Jeremy Page, Page-Fura P.C. 




10:15 - 10:35 a.m.  Coffee Break   | Sponsored by MKMARIN Trade Services Inc. 




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



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


Précis: With access to more information, Participating Government Agencies (PGA) involved in the importation of goods into the United States are receiving more information 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 receive. 




  • Coley Anderson, Registrar Corp 
  • Anna Benevente, Registrar Corp 
  • Jennifer Horvath, Braumiller Law Group 
  • Zuleika Medina, Avalon Risk Management 


CCS/CES Session: New Duty Drawback Regulations: Understanding the New Rules of The Game  |  


Précis: With the publication of new regulations on Duty Drawback comes a new set of rules. Learn how to maximize the benefits offered by the new regulations while also staying compliant. 




  • Michael V. Cerny, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg P.A.
  • Dave Corn, Comstock & Theakston, Inc.
  • Robyn Moore, Mohawk Global Trade Advisors


10:35 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.  ACE One on One Training Sessions   | Queen B 


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




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



CCS/CES Session: Gaining Benefits from a Trusted Trader Program (CTPAT, etc.)  |  


Précis: Trusted Trader Programs are established to streamline the entry process for people who avail themselves to such programs and supply the government with additional information on the parties to the transactions, as well as the commodities being handled. See how you can maximize the benefits from your participation in these programs. 




  • Allen Gina, CT Strategies 
  • Karen Lobdell, Thomson Reuters
  • Beth Pride, BPE Global



CCS Session: AD/CVD - Should I Be Concerned  |  


Précis: Have you confirmed the products you are handling are not covered by an AD/CVD case What procedures do you have in place to make sure you are continually verifying your products are clear of any AD/CVD case What tools are available to assist you with this task Attend this session to learn the answers to these and other pressing questions you may have regarding AD/CVD.




  • Lisa Gelsomino, Avalon Risk Management
  • Erik Smithweiss, GDLSK



2:45 - 3:05 p.m.   Coffee Break  |  Sponsored by Tuttle Law




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



CCS/CES Session: Strategies for Importing and Exporting in a New Trade Era    |  


Précis: With the new trade era that has unfolded, many people are looking for ways to avoid the high tariffs associated with this new environment. Learn how to utilize Tariff Engineering, Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ), as well as bonded warehouses and ATA Carnets to help you weather the storm and control the effect of higher tariffs. 




  • Amanda Barlow, Roanoke Trade
  • Robert Stein, Mohawk Global Trade Advisors
  • Jason Wieselman, International Bond & Marine 



CES Session: Commodity Jurisdiction on Export Transactions  |  


Précis: When handling an export transaction many government agencies can be involved, whether it be BIS, Census, ITA, or OFAC, along with several other PGAs. This session will discuss how to identify the people who regulate your product and how to present them with the proper documentation to comply with the regulation. 




  • Kate Alessi, Ankura
  • Robin Grover, Amber Road, now part of E2Open
  • Josh Rodman, Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg P.A. 




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



CCS Session: International Trade Bond Sufficiency During a Very Fluid Trade Environment |  


Précis: Not having adequate bond coverage for your international trade transactions has become a big issue with the onset of 232 and 301 trade actions. What can you do to keep your International Trade Bond compliant with the requirements set out by CBP How do you calculate the right amount of coverage you will need to have in place Learn the answers during this session. 




  • Colleen Clarke, Roanoke Trade
  • Kimberly Wakeman, Avalon Risk Management 


CES Session: Voluntary Self-Disclosures on Exports, Prior Disclosures on Imports: What to Think About Prior to Filing  |  


Précis: When a mistake is discovered on information submitted on an export transaction, it is best to submit a voluntary self-disclosure prior to the government finding the error. That being said, you should use great caution with how and what information you present on your case. Learn some valuable lessons, which will help you to mitigate any unexpected consequences. 




  • Barbara Broussard, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Lawrence W. Hanson, The Law Office of Lawrence H. Hanson P.C. 
  • Peter Quinter, GrayRobinson 



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






Tuesday, July 30, 2019



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


7 - 8  a.m.               Breakfast  Sponsored by: Roanoke Trade


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



CCS Session: eCommerce: Understanding the New Entry Class 86 and PGA Involvement in These Transactions  |  


Précis: The title wave created by the increase in the de minimis amount to $800 on imports into the United States has had a significant impact on all parties involved in international trade transactions. What is important to know is the PGA's controlling imports have not adjusted their de minimus rules. Entry Class 86 is meant to signal PGA's of imported product, which is not subject to duties but must still be reviewed by them.  Attend this informative session to learn the details of this process.




  • Cindy Allen, FedEx Trade Networks
  • Lenny Feldman, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg P.A. 
  • Spencer Trader, ECU Worldwide


CCS/CES Session: Protecting Your Assets Through Trade and Transportation Insurance |  


Précis: There are several parties involved in the movement of goods on an international trade transaction. The best way to control the risk is to have adequate coverage of your merchandise--as well as Errors & Omissions coverage if you are a service provider--in the event the unthinkable happens. Learn the best ways to mitigate risks and stabilize your processes. 




  • Christie Brush, Avalon Risk Management
  • Paul Smart, Roanoke Trade



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



CCS/CES Session: Mod Act Turns 25: What Does Informed Compliance and Reasonable Care Really Mean  |  


Précis: It has been 25 years since the enactment of the Mod Act, a big part of which was placing the burden of compliance on the Importer of Record. Over two decades later, what should we be doing to comply with these regulations and protect us from any fines and penalties due to negligence of our duties 




  • Frank J. Desiderio, GDLSK
  • George Tuttle III, Law Office of George R. Tuttle, A.P.C. 



CCS Session: Seeking Binding Classification Rulings & Steps for Getting Your Desired Result |  


Précis: To bring more certainty to the entry process and achieve a higher compliance rate, many people seek tariff classification binding rulings. Learn what steps you need to take in the preparation and submission of these requests to have a better chance of your desired ruling. Additionally, learn how these rulings can be disqualified by actions taken during the production of these commodities. 




  • Bonnie Budyach, Braumiller Law Group
  • Lawrence M. Friedman, Barnes/Richardson Global Trade Law
  • Daniel Kiselbach, Miller Thomson 



10:45 - 11:05 a.m.   Coffee Break  |  Sponsored by: Amber Road, now part of E2Open




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



CCS/CES Session: How to Manage Employee Compliance Training on a Budget and Create a Positive Work Environment  |  


Précis: With the passage of the Mod Act, the burden of compliance fell squarely on the shoulders of the party of record on any international trade transaction. Keeping people informed of the ever-changing regulations can be a daunting and expensive task. Learn ways you can keep your employees well trained to meet the standards the government requires of those involved in our business. 




  • Chris Bchinski, GHY International
  • Kelly Raia, Bluetiger International 
  • Carrie Sott, GHY International 
  • Trudy Wilson, Global Training Center 



CCS:  In-Bond Shipments: New Rules of the Game 


Précis: CBP has released new guidelines concerning the use of In-Bond entries on goods transiting the United States without entering into the commerce of this country. Learn the new rules and how best to move your goods under this process. 




  • Jose D. Gonzalez, J.D. Gonzalez L.C.B. 
  • Tom Kuerbs, Descartes Systems (USA) LLC 
  • Spencer Strader, ECU Worldwide USA



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




12:40 - 2 p.m.   Concurrent Sessions:



CCS Session: How Does CBP Review Value?  |  


Précis: This session will provide practical advice from former CBP Auditors on how the agency reviews valuation via a CF28 or audit. Actual case studies and examples of various types of CBP requests and responses will be discussed. 




  • Cindy DeLeon, DeLeon Trade
  • John Metrich, DeLeon Trade
  • Kristin Simonson, DeLeon Trade 




CCS/CES: Routed Transactions, Sanctions, and Embargoes: How Do They All Come Together  |  


Précis: When handling an export shipment from the U.S., anyone involved in the transaction should be aware of the final destination of the goods being shipped. This session will review some case studies to show you what you should look for when handling exported goods to make sure some government policy is not being circumvented. 



  • Shannon Barley, U.S. Census Bureau
  • John Henry Jackson, U.S. Commercial Service
  • Suzanne Richer, Amber Road, now part of E2Open 


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



CCS/CES Session:  USMCA Update 


Précis: With the announcement of the USMCA agreement--the proposed replacement for NAFTA--what should we be doing to prepare for the probable changes to this trade agreement When and will the agreement even be ratified How do we protect our supply chains from any radical changes this agreement may have 




  • Kim Campbell, MK Marin Trade Services
  • Miriam Name Almanza, Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton
  • John Henry Jackson, U.S. Commercial Service 
  • Evelyn Suarez, The Suarez Firm



CCS/CES Session:  ACE Report Update  |  


Précis: The ACE Report functionality offered by CBP is one of the most under-utilized tools for compliance. In this session you can learn how to structure reports for both import and export transactions which will help you identify any issues you may be having with your transactions. 




  • Shannon Barley, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Sandra Langford-Coty, A.N. Deringer
  • Carlos Rodriguez, Customs & Border Protection 



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



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