Advanced Forum on

Import Compliance

Monday, February 28, 2005

About

Can your company afford border delays and monetary penalties?

Now, more than ever, US importers are under constant pressure to deliver their products on time and cost efficiently. With the introduction of CBP's new programs, such as C-TPAT, ACE and ISA, import operations and company processes are increasingly scrutinized and customs compliance professionals have to keep up with the constantly changing rules, regulations and requirements that govern the international movement of goods. Customs and security programs requirements are becoming more complex and US companies must place greater focus on customs compliance and set up effective internal controls to meet CBP's requirements. Penalties are rising, cases are high profile and yesterday's knowledge isn't enough to make the right decisions today.

Which customs and security programs will be key to your company's continued international trade success? Where should you focus your resources in the short and long terms to ensure compliance? What are other US importers doing to meet CBP new requirements? What if your company receives an audit questionnaire from CBP? What internal controls does CBP expect importers to implement and document?

For this one of a kind Advanced Forum on Import Compliance, the American Conference Institute has assembled an exceptional faculty of leading customs and legal experts who will provide you with an up-to-the-minute review of the most complex issues that arise in Import Compliance.

Contents & Contributors

About

Can your company afford border delays and monetary penalties?

Now, more than ever, US importers are under constant pressure to deliver their products on time and cost efficiently. With the introduction of CBP's new programs, such as C-TPAT, ACE and ISA, import operations and company processes are increasingly scrutinized and customs compliance professionals have to keep up with the constantly changing rules, regulations and requirements that govern the international movement of goods. Customs and security programs requirements are becoming more complex and US companies must place greater focus on customs compliance and set up effective internal controls to meet CBP's requirements. Penalties are rising, cases are high profile and yesterday's knowledge isn't enough to make the right decisions today.

Which customs and security programs will be key to your company's continued international trade success? Where should you focus your resources in the short and long terms to ensure compliance? What are other US importers doing to meet CBP new requirements? What if your company receives an audit questionnaire from CBP? What internal controls does CBP expect importers to implement and document?

For this one of a kind Advanced Forum on Import Compliance, the American Conference Institute has assembled an exceptional faculty of leading customs and legal experts who will provide you with an up-to-the-minute review of the most complex issues that arise in Import Compliance.

Contents & Contributors

AUTOMATED COMMERCIAL ENVIRONMENT
Louis Samenfink, Department of Homeland Security

ACE PORTAL DISCUSSION
Leigh A. Schmid, Limited Brands, Inc.

TARGET COMPLIANCE
Mark Schissel, Target Customs Brokers, Inc.

DATA DANCE
Amy Magnus, A.N. Deringer, Inc.

C-TPAT PROGRAM
Sandra Fallgatter, J.C Penney Purchasing Corp.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS OPPORTUNITIES AND REQUIREMENTS
Bernadette M. Shortt, General Motors Corporation

IMPLEMENTING EFFECTIVE COMPLIANCE MECHANISMS TO MEET ADVANCE CARGO REQUIREMENTS
Timothy Ernst, Del Monte Corporation
Beth Glynn-Ross, Del Monte Corporation

MANAGING TRADE COMPLIANCE WITH IMPORTER SELF-ASSESSMENT
Joseph M. Rees, Department of Homeland Security

IS ISA RIGHT FOR YOUR COMPANY? COMPARING ISA TO FA: THE INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE
John Brew, Collier Shannon Scott, PLLC
Kathleen Goulding, Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.
Roger McCrary, Bayer Corp.
Paula Swanson, Payless Shoesource

SETTING UP INTERNAL CONTROLS FOR ISA COMPLIANCE
Bruce H. Leeds, The Boeing Company

SARBANES – OXLEY AND CUSTOMS COMPLIANCE "A PERSONAL VIEWPOINT"
Meredith Covey, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

ENSURING SOX INTERNAL COMPLIANCE
Barry O'Brien, Hasbro, Inc.

VALUATION
Maureen Pearson, Thomson Inc.
David P. Sanders, Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman

OVERCOMING COMPLIANCE CHALLENGES OF THE NEW CUSTOMS BUSINESS RULE
Matthew M. Nolan, Miller & Chevalier



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