American Conference Institute's 3rd

U.S. Customs Compliance Boot Camp

An In-Depth and Comprehensive Review of How to Comply with U.S. Customs Laws and Regulations. Practical Tools for Reducing Border Delays, Seizure and Penalty Risks.

Tuesday, December 02 to Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel, San Francisco, CA

Meeting U.S. Customs law requirements is complex, time-consuming, and can prove very costly for importers if not done right. Non-compliance with customs laws cans result in civil and criminal penalties, denial of entry, seizure and destruction of goods. It is imperative for importers to have a fundamental understanding of how to comply with critical requirements on a day-to-day basis.

Happening for the first time in San Francisco, American Conference Institute’s 3rd U.S. Customs Compliance Boot Camp is a practical, nuts and bolts course that will take you through the ins and outs of complex U.S. Customs law topics, how to interact with and respond to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and apply the requirements to real-life scenarios.

This acclaimed Boot Camp is designed to tackle the complex topics of Classification, Valuation, and Country of Origin, and provides a forum for extended Q&A. The agenda includes an enhanced focus on how to use the Harmonized Tariff Schedule to properly classify your goods. The sessions also delve into calculating the correct value of goods, and provide a thorough explanation of assists, royalties, and deductions from dutiable value. There will be an in-depth discussion on determining the correct country of origin for your imports, and marking them in accordance with applicable marking requirements. From these comprehensive sessions, you will take away tools you can use daily to ensure compliance with U.S. customs regulations.

Unlike other training events, this agenda has been uniquely designed to address your most pressing compliance issues through practical insights, case studies, Q&A and hands-on exercises. Key sessions also include:

  • Communicating with key government agencies about your imports (CBP, FDA, EPA, CPSC)
  • Applying Free Trade Agreements properly: How to benefit from duty free programs
  • What to expect during a CBP audit, and how to prepare
  • Record keeping: Who, what, when, where, and how to retain effective customs records

Maximize your learning by participating in practical, hands-on Working Groups:

  1. MOCK AUDIT – A Step by Step, Complete Walk Through a Focused Assessment: How to Manage and Prepare for an FA and Respond to CBP Requests during the Audit
  2. Focus on Canada – Canadian Customs Regulations, Enforcement, and Notable Trends: What Every Global Trade Compliance Professional Should Know
  3. Focus on China – The Costly Valuation and Classification Mistakes MNCs Make in China and How to Prevent Them

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear directly from government officials and gain best practices from industry leaders. Register now by calling, call 1-888-224-2480. Group pricing is available. Train your compliance team. Teams of 4 get 25% off.

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