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Upcoming Live Webinars

Our live webinars combine PowerPoint slides and streaming live video to keep the topics both interesting and informative. All webinars include a 60 minute presentation followed by a 30 minute comprehensive Q&A session. All attendees receive a copy of the presentation, certificate of completion, and access to the recorded version of the webinar via email.

September 25, 2019
1:00-2:30 PM EDT
Instructor: Melissa Proctor

U.S. importers continue to find themselves in very interesting (if not troubling) times from a global trade point of view. Increased U.S. tariffs on imports of certain Chinese-origin imports, as well as retaliatory tariffs imposed by China on U.S. exports, continue to rattle companies and their supply chain partners. As developments have been swift and often times erratic, companies continue striving to digest the latest news, assess potential impacts on their current operations, and develop strategies for succeeding in both the long and short-terms.

Does the word “cloud” make you break out in a cold sweat even if people are just talking about the weather? Do you often feel like the only person who has reservations about the rapid rise of workplace information-sharing and collaboration applications? Are you tired of feeling that IT modernization is moving faster than export rules allow? We hear you. As the digital world continues to advance faster than export control regulations, this brings both industry and the regulators into uncharted territory. 

October 3, 2019
1:00-2:30 PM EDT
Instructor: Melissa Proctor

At one time or another, even the most savvy importer will receive a detention or seizure notice, a demand for redelivery of imported goods, a notice of penalty or a claim of liquidated damages from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Of course, the best way to handle customs disputes is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. But when that is not a possibility, importers need to know how to effectively respond to CBP, diffuse the situation, and mitigate liability to the best of their ability. In this webinar, international trade attorney Melissa Proctor of Miller Proctor Law PLLC will discuss the array of enforcement tools at CBP’s disposal and provide inside best practices for successfully handling disputes with CBP.

Encryption Export Controls 2019 Edition

October 8, 2019
1:00-2:30 PM EDT
Instructor: Felice Laird

US export controls on hardware and software using encryption remain one of the areas that can confound even the most experienced export compliance practitioner.   This webinar will go through the basics of classifying items that could fall within Category 5 Part II of the Commerce Control List.  We will also review export licensing requirements for these items, including NLR and License Exception ENC. 

Deciphering Deemed Exports

October 10, 2019
1:00-2:30 PM EDT
Instructor: Scott Gearity

It’s a routine event — one which happens thousands of times a day across the United States. Someone begins work in the U.S. as an engineer, researcher or academic. The location could be a tech company in Santa Clara, a defense contractor in St. Louis or a university in New England, but the question is the same — is an export control violation imminent? And let’s not limit ourselves to employees. The same question could be asked when considering foreign customers, contractors, suppliers and visitors.

How does your organization balance the perpetual tension between trade compliance risk and lean budget reality?  Particularly in a time of increasing U.S. Government regulation and focus on dual use technology transfers, it is vital to develop, communicate, and implement a deliberate approach.  In this webinar, we will discuss a method to build a trade compliance program that deliberately balances compliance risks with budget constraints.

Understanding the ITAR and EAR Order of Review

October 23, 2019
1:00-2:30 PM EDT
Instructor: Scott Gearity

Understanding the Order of Review is essential to one of the most difficult and important export compliance tasks – determining the U.S. Munitions List or Commerce Control List classification of the items you export. The USML and CCL both use detailed and complex criteria to define the classifications of many items. The Orders of Review establish the process an exporter must use to reach the correct conclusion. Using the appropriate Order of Review does not guarantee the right classification, but not using it greatly increases the risk of failure.

October 24, 2019
1:00-2:30 PM EDT
Instructor: Melissa Proctor

Increased U.S. tariffs on imports of aluminum and steel, washers and solar panels, and of course Chinese goods valued in the hundreds of billions of dollars are here to stay—at least for the foreseeable future amid the ongoing trade tensions between the U.S. and its trading partners.  Savvy importers are employing a variety of techniques to mitigate the impact of these tariff actions on their bottom lines. This webinar, presented by international trade attorney Melissa Proctor, will update attendees on the latest developments on the tariff front, as well as provide effective strategies for minimizing the impact and supply chain disruptions caused by the ongoing tariff wars.