Losing Sleep over Customs Issues? Mastering the Elements of Customs Compliance


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Understanding the rules of the game and how they impact import operations is not only critical for the seamless entry and clearance of merchandise into the United States, but also positions companies to take advantage of significant cost and duty saving opportunities that can boost bottom lines and give them a competitive edge in the marketplace.

…Reasonable Care, Section 1592 penalties, tariff classification, recordkeeping deficiencies, assists, overages and shortages, preference program claims, marking duties, royalties and license fees, ADD/CVD questions, liquidated damages, “Made in the USA,” product safety, detentions, seizures, Focused Assessments….?!

Questions regarding these issues, as well as many others, often haunt many importers who haven’t yet mastered the core elements of customs compliance, resulting in headaches, heartburn, and loss of a good night’s sleep. Companies that import finished goods, raw materials, parts and components into the United States are required to exercise “reasonable care” over their import transactions by filing accurate documentation and information with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and ensuring the proper tariff classification and value of the goods, maintaining accurate records, and complying with a host of additional requirements imposed by CBP and other government agencies. The failure to exercise “reasonable care” can result in detentions and seizures of shipments, greater scrutiny by CBP, the imposition of penalties, increased legal costs, and unhappy U.S. customers. Understanding the rules of the game and how they impact import operations is not only critical for the seamless entry and clearance of merchandise into the United States, but also positions companies to take advantage of significant cost and duty saving opportunities that can boost bottom lines and give them a competitive edge in the marketplace.

This webinar is intended to give executives, compliance managers, and personnel in purchasing, finance, and logistics functions a thorough understanding of the core customs compliance requirements. Specifically, we will tackle these topics and more:

  • Reasonable Care – What Does it Really Mean?
  • Common Failures & the Consequences of Non-Compliance
  • The Core Customs Compliance Areas:
    • Classification and Valuation
    • Antidumping and Countervailing Duties
    • Origin and Marking
    • Free Trade Agreements and Special Trade Programs
    • Quantity Verification
    • Other Government Agency Requirements Impacting Imports
    • Recordkeeping
  • Ensuring Effective Communications with CBP on:
    • Requests for Information
    • Notices of Action
    • Marking Notices and Demands for Redelivery
    • Detention and Seizure Notices
    • Penalty Notices & Claims of Liquidated Damages
    • Comprehensive and Targeted Audits
  • The “Three P’s” of Corrective Action (Post-Entry Amendments, Protests, Prior Disclosures)
  • Best Practices for Effective Customs Compliance Programs

This Webinar will provide PowerPoint slides and include live video and commentary from Melissa Proctor, a Shareholder with the law firm of Polsinelli, P.C. For almost 20 years, Melissa has advised companies on a wide array of issues involving compliance with customs, export and international trade laws and regulations, as well as embargoes and economic sanctions programs. Webinar participants are invited to submit questions during the webinar, the final 30 minutes of the webinar will be allotted to answering attendees’ questions.


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Webinar Details:

Recorded Nov 10, 2015
Length 1 hour 30 minutes
Comprised of 1 hour of commentary and 30 minute Q&A session
Cost $150 per person
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Event #: 10918
CCS: 1.5
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