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CBP Regulatory Audit RASAs Webinar

CBP Risk Analysis and Survey Assessments (RASAs) are, on account of their technical “non-audit” status, generally considered to be less intrusive and intensive than Focused Assessments (FAs) and Quick Response Audits (QRAs). This can, in certain cases, lead importers to attribute a diminished degree of importance or urgency to their RASA interactions and responses. In today’s amped-up trade compliance and enforcement environment, that is a mistake.

While RASAs are designed to quickly provide CBP with insight into an importer’s compliance with respect to a specific issue, the fact of the matter is that they can involve detailed scrutiny, extensive record production, and a substantial investment of time and effort. Importers who do not carefully prepare for or effectively engage on RASAs run the risk of having the matter referred for a FA, QRA, or other enforcement measure. Such outcomes prove, invariably, to be more disruptive and costly than the original underlying RASA.

Join Robert Kossick, a customs and trade lawyer with Seattle-based Harris Bricken, as he lays out the key substantive, procedural, and operational considerations that go into successfully navigating RASAs.

The first part of this webinar will situate RASAs within the context of CBP’s overarching operational strategy, explain how RASAs align with CBP’s audit framework, and identify practice tendencies, targets, and triggers. Having set the stage in this way, the second part of the webinar will drill down on the components and stages of a RASA and examine the potential role to be played by a prior disclosure. The webinar will conclude by presenting a series of best practice tips derived from recent RASA experience.