Practical and Cost-Effective Strategies for

IMPORT COMPLIANCE

in an Era of Escalating Security Regulation

Monday, January 26, 2004

About

The ever-increasing emphasis on security at all levels of government has set in motion a profound change in the way the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulates imports. These new directives will force importers to balance their role on the frontline of homeland security with the need to design compliance plans that are commercially feasible. How much is enough? What are the issues to consider when deciding whether to participate in CBP's new initiatives, such as C-TPAT and ISA?

The American Conference Institute has developed this information-packed Import Compliance publication to help you with these questions and to assist you in navigating the world of heightened security and your company's relationships with the new Customs.

You will not only receive information about the how the changes will impact your business from the experts, but you will also learn what leading companies such as Alcatel, Burton Snowboards, Hasbro, Honeywell, Lowe's, Microsoft, Pier 1 Imports and Texas Instruments, are actually doing about them.

Compliance professionals discuss their experiences in conducting ISAs and implementing C-TPAT. In addition, experts involved with the implementation of the rules covering Advanced Cargo Information will address the exceptions and common mistakes generated by the rules, as well as the current enforcement landscape.

This distinguished faculty of outside counsel, government regulators and global trade managers will also give you the latest information and practical insights on today's most important trade topics, including:

  • How recent WTO and WCO developments, including China's membership, will impact your business
  • NAFTA's complex Rules of Origin and documentary requirements
  • How to apply valuation rules to save on duty assessed on your products
  • How to use the harmonized tariff schedule and understand the rules of interpretation to avoid difficulties with classification
  • How the free trade agreements with Chile and Singapore compare with other free trade agreements and what they mean for you

Contents & Contributors

About

The ever-increasing emphasis on security at all levels of government has set in motion a profound change in the way the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulates imports. These new directives will force importers to balance their role on the frontline of homeland security with the need to design compliance plans that are commercially feasible. How much is enough? What are the issues to consider when deciding whether to participate in CBP's new initiatives, such as C-TPAT and ISA?

The American Conference Institute has developed this information-packed Import Compliance publication to help you with these questions and to assist you in navigating the world of heightened security and your company's relationships with the new Customs.

You will not only receive information about the how the changes will impact your business from the experts, but you will also learn what leading companies such as Alcatel, Burton Snowboards, Hasbro, Honeywell, Lowe's, Microsoft, Pier 1 Imports and Texas Instruments, are actually doing about them.

Compliance professionals discuss their experiences in conducting ISAs and implementing C-TPAT. In addition, experts involved with the implementation of the rules covering Advanced Cargo Information will address the exceptions and common mistakes generated by the rules, as well as the current enforcement landscape.

This distinguished faculty of outside counsel, government regulators and global trade managers will also give you the latest information and practical insights on today's most important trade topics, including:

  • How recent WTO and WCO developments, including China's membership, will impact your business
  • NAFTA's complex Rules of Origin and documentary requirements
  • How to apply valuation rules to save on duty assessed on your products
  • How to use the harmonized tariff schedule and understand the rules of interpretation to avoid difficulties with classification
  • How the free trade agreements with Chile and Singapore compare with other free trade agreements and what they mean for you

Contents & Contributors

THE C-TPAT INITIATIVE: BENEFITS, DRAWBACKS AND THE APPLICATION PROCESS
Robert J. Pisani, Global Trade Advisory Group, KMZ Rosenman

C-TPAT FOR MID-SIZED COMPANIES
Tammy Hetrick, Burton Snowboards

CTPAT
Ann Lister, Texas Instruments

CTPAT VALIDATION
Ann Lister, Texas Instruments

MANAGING TRADE COMPLIANCE WITH IMPORTER SELF-ASSESSMENT
Russell A. Ugone, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

NAVIGATING ISA
Erin Crockett, Alcatel U.S.A.

EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE IMPORTER SELF-ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
Barry O'Brien, Hasbro, Inc.

FOCUSED ASSESSMENTS: SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATING THE NEW CBP AUDIT
Shanna O'Brien, Honeywell International, Inc.

CUSTOMS AUDITS AND INTERNAL CONTROLS
Carol Fuchs, Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman

ADVANCE CARGO INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS
Carol Fuchs, Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman

ADVANCE CARGO INFORMATION FOR OCEAN CARRIERS
Doug Schneider, World Shipping Council

WTO AND NAFTA DEVELOPMENTS
Matthew M. Nolan, Miller & Chevalier

GLOBAL VIEW OF TRADE SECURITY
Renee Stein, Microsoft

UNITED STATES SINGAPORE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Stuart P. Seidel, Baker & McKenzie

CLASSIFICATION OF MERCHANDISE
Craig A. Lewis, Hogan & Hartson L.L.P.

VALUE
Jeffrey A. Meeks, Meeks & Sheppard

NAFTA RULES OF ORIGIN AND ENFORCEMENTS: THE HOT SPOTS
John Brew, Collier Shannon Scott

THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Amy J. Johannesen, Coudert Brothers



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