IMPORT COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT

Monday, October 26, 2009

About

Learn what it takes to prevent penalties, minimize duty liabilities and enhance your company’s customs compliance function in an era of sweeping regulatory changes and scarce corporate resources.

New regulatory requirements combined with fewer compliance resources are challenging even the most seasoned trade compliance professionals. Now more than ever, US importers are under tremendous pressure to meet fast changing trade regulations and avoid costly border delays and monetary penalties.

With the implementation of new anti-terror initiatives such as10+2, higher imported product safety standards, Lacey Act requirements and other regulatory import initiatives currently underway, companies must focus their attention like never before on the need for robust internal controls on the import process as well as effective internal auditing to detect any potential violation. The impact of a single customs penalty or border delay in today’s environment is simply too detrimental to a company’s bottom line. Penalties are rising, internal resources are scarce and CBP enforcement priorities are evolving. Importers operating in this challenging environment must maintain and monitor a robust compliance function, minimize duties and stay current on how new legal requirements impact their import operations.

Now in its 5th successful year, the American Conference Institute’s Advanced Forum on Import Compliance is the event that import compliance professionals rely on for comprehensive, insightful and practical guidance on how to set up and monitor a successful import compliance program. Benefit from the practical perspective of senior corporate customs compliance executives from companies including Abbott, Covidien, Hasbro, Hitachi, General Electric, Nestle, Pfizer, Tyco International, and Williams-Sonoma. Get an update on new regulatory requirements and learn how to minimize duties and maintain a state-of-the-art customs compliance program under fewer compliance dollars. Plus, hear from senior CBP representatives on enforcement priorities. This year’s revised agenda will include the latest information on:

  • Integrating C-TPAT and AEO into an effective worldwide security program
  • Meeting Lacey Act expanding requirements to minimize enforcement risks
  • ACE: how to obtain and use data effectively
  • When to file a prior disclosure and how CBP evaluates them
  • Cutting costs while meeting new CBP requirements
  • Maximizing duty saving opportunities with valuation and classification
  • Automating the customs process

Contents & Contributors

About

Learn what it takes to prevent penalties, minimize duty liabilities and enhance your company’s customs compliance function in an era of sweeping regulatory changes and scarce corporate resources.

New regulatory requirements combined with fewer compliance resources are challenging even the most seasoned trade compliance professionals. Now more than ever, US importers are under tremendous pressure to meet fast changing trade regulations and avoid costly border delays and monetary penalties.

With the implementation of new anti-terror initiatives such as10+2, higher imported product safety standards, Lacey Act requirements and other regulatory import initiatives currently underway, companies must focus their attention like never before on the need for robust internal controls on the import process as well as effective internal auditing to detect any potential violation. The impact of a single customs penalty or border delay in today’s environment is simply too detrimental to a company’s bottom line. Penalties are rising, internal resources are scarce and CBP enforcement priorities are evolving. Importers operating in this challenging environment must maintain and monitor a robust compliance function, minimize duties and stay current on how new legal requirements impact their import operations.

Now in its 5th successful year, the American Conference Institute’s Advanced Forum on Import Compliance is the event that import compliance professionals rely on for comprehensive, insightful and practical guidance on how to set up and monitor a successful import compliance program. Benefit from the practical perspective of senior corporate customs compliance executives from companies including Abbott, Covidien, Hasbro, Hitachi, General Electric, Nestle, Pfizer, Tyco International, and Williams-Sonoma. Get an update on new regulatory requirements and learn how to minimize duties and maintain a state-of-the-art customs compliance program under fewer compliance dollars. Plus, hear from senior CBP representatives on enforcement priorities. This year’s revised agenda will include the latest information on:

  • Integrating C-TPAT and AEO into an effective worldwide security program
  • Meeting Lacey Act expanding requirements to minimize enforcement risks
  • ACE: how to obtain and use data effectively
  • When to file a prior disclosure and how CBP evaluates them
  • Cutting costs while meeting new CBP requirements
  • Maximizing duty saving opportunities with valuation and classification
  • Automating the customs process

Contents & Contributors

Customs Enforcement Priorities and Regulatory Outlook
Marcy M. Forman, Director, Office of Investigations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Washington, DC)

Penalties and Liquidated Damages: What Makes a Good Penalty Case
Brian Barulich, Senior Attorney, Office of Regulations and Rulings, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Washington, DC)

Single Issue Audits and Focused Assessments: How Audit Programs are Evolving and What You Need to Know to Prepare
Cindy Covell, Director, Regulatory Audit, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Washington, DC)
Thomas Jesukiewicz, Assistant Field Director, US Customs & Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Virginia)
Carol Fuchs, Counsel, International Trade Regulation, GE Corporate, International Law & Policy (Washington, DC)
Matthew M. Nolan, Arent Fox LLP (Washington, DC)

Managing the Customs Compliance Function in an Era of Reduced Resources
Randi Waltuck, Director of Trade Compliance, ATC Technology Corporation (Fort Worth, TX)
Allison Hughes, Trade Compliance Advisor, Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc. (Schaumburg, IL)
Susan Shin, Attorney, United States Steel Corporation (Pittsburgh, PA)

Minimizing Duty Liabilities with Special Import Programs: How to Benefit from Duty Drawback, Chapter 98 Provisions and GSP

Michael L. Utchell, Director, Customs & Logistics, DRS Technologies (Arlington, VA)
David P. Sanders, Williams Mullen (Washington, DC)

Making the 10+2 Grade: How to Optimize Report Card Score and Ensure Compliance
Tereza Horsky, Import/Export Compliance Analyst, Sojitz Corporation of America (New York, NY)

Dealing with Import Agencies: Best Practices to Ensure Efficient Entry Process and Respond to Inspections or Investigations
Meredith Covey, Director, Customs Operations and Compliance, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Brian White, Senior Manager for Global Trade Compliance, Del Monte Corporation (San Francisco, CA)

Imported Product Safety: Developing Customized Controls to Meet Higher Safety Standards
Ryan Edens, Senior Imports Compliance Analyst, Nestle USA
Anthony Barone, Director Global Logistics Policy, Pfizer Global Manufacturing (Peapack, NJ)

Improving Valuation and Classification Process to Minimize Duty
Patricia A. Hall, Supplier Manager, General Electric (Ft. Myers, FL)
John B. Brew, Crowell & Moring (Washington, DC)

FTAs: How to Qualify Imports and Increase Savings Opportunities
Margaret S. Solinger, Corporate Counsel, DuPont (Wilmington, DE)
Arthur Bodek, Grunfeld Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP (New York, NY)

Prior Disclosures: How to Know When It’s Time to File
Matt Guarrera, Director Global Trade Compliance, Covidien (Mansfield, MA)
Kenneth G. Weigel, Alston & Bird LLP (Washington, DC)
Moderator: Robert J. Pisani, Pisani & Roll LLP (Washington, DC)

Implementing an Internal Review Plan for Import Compliance
Erin L. Crockett, Director, Global Trade Compliance, Dresser Inc. (Addison, TX)
John P. Mulcahy, Director of Internal Audit, FMC Corporation (Philadelphia, PA)
Melvin S. Schwechter, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP (Washington, DC)

Integrating C-TPAT and AEO into an Effective Worldwide Cargo Security Program
Susie Hoeger, Director, Global Trade Compliance & Policy, Abbott (Abbott Park, IL)
Debbie Turnbull, Executive Program Manager, Supply Chain Security, Import Compliance Office, IBM Corporation (Raleigh, NC)
Moderator: Laurent Ruessmann, Sidley Austin LLP (Belgium)

ACE: Update on New Processing System, How to Obtain and Use Data Effectively
Aaron Gothelf, International Trade Counsel, Tyco International (Washington, DC)

Meeting Lacey Act Expanding Requirements to Minimize Enforcement Risks
Stuart P. Seidel, Baker & McKenzie LLP (Washington, DC)


DOCUMENT TYPES: PPT PPTX PDF ZIP PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE: 21

8:00
Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45
Opening Remarks from Conference Co-Chairs
Mr. Robert J. Pisani
Partner
Pisani & Roll
9:00
Customs Enforcement Priorities and Regulatory Outlook
Ms. Marcy M. Forman
Director‚ Office of Investigations
Immigration and Customs Enforcement‚ U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1 file
ACI 5th Advanced Forum on Import Compliance & Enforcement
17.6 MB 66 pages Presentation
PPT - ACI5th Advanced Forum on Import Compliance & Enforcement
Mr. Daniel Baldwin
Assistant Commissioner‚ Office of International Trade
10:00
Coffee Break
10:15
Penalties and Liquidated Damages: What Makes a Good Penalty Case
Mr. Brian Barulich
Senior Attorney
U.S. Customs and Border Protection‚ U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1 file
Penalties and Liquidated Damages: What Makes a Good Case
166.5 KB 14 pages Presentation
PPT - Penalties and Liquidated Damages: What Makes a Good Case
10:45
Single Issue Audits and Focused Assessments: How Audit Programs are Evolving and What You Need to Know to Prepare
Ms. Cindy Covell
Directror‚ Regulatory Audit‚ Office of International Trade
U.S. Customs and Border Protection‚ U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1 file
Office of International Trade (OT) Office of Regulatory Audit (RA)
3.3 MB 40 pages Presentation
PPT - Office of International Trade (OT) Office of Regulatory Audit (RA)
Mr. Thomas Jesukiewicz
Field Director, Houston Regulatory Audit
U.S. Customs and Border Protection‚ Office of International Trade‚ Office of Regulatory Audit
1 file
Office of International Trade (OT) Office of Regulatory Audit (RA)
3.3 MB 40 pages Presentation
PPT - Office of International Trade (OT) Office of Regulatory Audit (RA)
Ms. Carol Fuchs
International Trade Counsel
Tyco International (US) Inc.
1 file
Audits & Focused Assessments
895.5 KB 15 pages Presentation
PPT - Audits & Focused Assessments
-Mr. Matthew M. Nolan
Partner
Arent Fox LLP
1 file
Focused Assessments and Single Issue Audits: Tips and Observations from Counsel
1.2 MB 15 pages Presentation
PPT - Focused Assessments andSingle Issue Audits:  Tips and Observationsfrom Counsel
12:00
Networking Luncheon for Attendees and Speakers
13:15
Managing the Customs Compliance Function in an Era of Reduced Resources
Ms. Randi Waltuck
Director of Compliance
VAS Aero Services, LLC
1 file
Managing the Customs Compliance Function in the Era of Reduced Resources
218 KB 13 pages Presentation
PPT - Managing the Customs Compliance Function in the Era of Reduced Resources
Ms. Allison Hughes
Trade Compliance Advisor
Hitachi High Technologies
1 file
Managing the Customs Compliance Function in the Era of Reduced Resources
218 KB 13 pages Presentation
PPT - Managing the Customs Compliance Function in the Era of Reduced Resources
Ms. Susan Shin
Attorney
United States Steel Corporation
1 file
Managing the Customs Compliance Function in the Era of Reduced Resources
218 KB 13 pages Presentation
PPT - Managing the Customs Compliance Function in the Era of Reduced Resources
14:15
Minimizing Duty Liabilities with Special Import Programs: How to Benefit from Duty Drawback‚ Chapter 98 Provisions and GSP
Mr. Michael Utchell
Director Customs & Logistics
DRS Technologies Inc
1 file
HTSUS Chapter 98 Opportunities & Limitations
1.6 MB 14 pages Presentation
PPTX - HTSUS Chapter 98 Opportunities & Limitations
Mr. David P. Sanders
Partner
Williams Mullen
1 file
Minimizing Duty Liabilities with Special Import Programs: How to Benefit from Duty Drawback, Chapter 98 and GSP
1.4 MB 35 pages Presentation
PPT - Minimizing Duty Liabilities with Special Import  Programs:    How to Benefit from Duty Drawback, Chapter 98 and GSP
15:15
Afternoon Refreshments
15:30
Making the 10+2 Grade: How to Optimize Report Card Score and Ensure Compliance
Ms. Tereza Horsky
Import/Export Compliance Analyst
Sojitz Corporation of America
1 file
MAKING THE 10+2 GRADE
1.3 MB 14 pages Presentation
PPT - MAKING THE 10+2 GRADE
16:15
Dealing with Import Agencies: Best Practices to Ensure Efficient Entry Process and Respond to Inspections or Investigations
Meredith Covey
Director‚ Customs Operations & Compliance
Williams-Sonoma‚ Inc.
1 file
Dealing with Import Agencies Best Practices to Ensure Efficient Entry Process & Respond to Inspections or Investigations
1.7 MB 22 pages Presentation
PPT - Dealing with Import Agencies Best Practices to Ensure Efficient Entry Process & Respond to Inspections or Investigations
Mr. Brian White
Senior Manager for Global Trade Compliance
Del Monte Corporation
1 file
Dealing with Import Agencies: Best Practices to Ensure Efficient Entry Process and Respond to Inspections or Investigations
3.3 MB 25 pages Presentation
PPTX - Dealing with Import Agencies:  Best Practices to Ensure Efficient Entry Process  and Respond to Inspections or Investigations
-Mr. Lars-Erik A. Hjelm
Partner
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
17:15
Conference Adjourns
8:00
Registration and Coffee
8:30
Co-Chair's Opening Remarks
8:35
Imported Product Safety: Developing Customized Controls to Meet Higher Safety Standards
Mr. Melvin Moreland
Regulatory Audit Field Director
U.S. Customs and Border Protection‚ U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Mr. Ryan Edens

Nestle USA
Mr. Anthony Barone
Director Global Logistics Policy
Pfizer Global Manufacturing
1 file
Protecting The Public: Trusted Importers In The RX Supply Chain
489 KB 6 pages Presentation
PPT - Protecting The Public: Trusted Importers In The RX Supply Chain
Mr. Jim Walter
Senior Vice President and Chief Regulatory Officer‚ Global Product Integrity
Mattel‚ Inc.
9:45
Improving Valuation and Classification Process to Minimize Duty
Patricia A. Hall
Senior Manager - Customs
General Electric
1 file
Improving Valuation and Classification Process to Minimize Duty
1.2 MB 46 pages Presentation
PPT - Improving Valuation and Classification Processto Minimize Duty
-Mr. John B. Brew
Partner
Crowell & Moring
1 file
Improving Valuation and Classification Process to Minimize Duty
1.2 MB 46 pages Presentation
PPT - Improving Valuation and Classification Processto Minimize Duty
10:45
Morning Refreshments
11:00
FTAs: How to Qualify Imports and Increase Savings Opportunities
Ms. Margaret S. Solinger
Corporate Counsel
Du Pont
1 file
DuPont FTA Process
211.5 KB 16 pages Presentation
PPT - DuPont FTA Process
Mr. Arthur Bodek
Partner
Grunfeld‚ Desiderio‚ Lebowitz‚ Silverman & Klestadt LLP
1 file
SPECIAL PROGRAMS Current Enforcement Environment
329.5 KB 28 pages Presentation
PPT - SPECIAL PROGRAMSCurrent Enforcement Environment
11:45
Prior Disclosures: How to Know When It's Time to File
Mr. Matt Guarrera
Director GlobalTrade Compliance
Covidien
-Mr. Kenneth G. Weigel
Partner
Alston & Bird
Mr. Robert J. Pisani
Partner
Pisani & Roll
12:45
Luncheon for Attendees and Speakers
14:00
Implementing an Internal Review Plan for Import Compliance
Erin L. Crockett
Director‚ Global Trade Compliance‚ Ethics & Compliance Department
Dresser‚ Inc.
1 file
Implementing an Internal Review Plan for Import Compliance
287.8 KB 45 pages Presentation
PDF - Implementing an Internal Review Plan for Import Compliance
Mr. John P. Mulcahy
Director Internal Audit
FMC Corporation
1 file
Implementing an Internal Review Plan for Import Compliance
287.8 KB 45 pages Presentation
PDF - Implementing an Internal Review Plan for Import Compliance
Melvin S. Schwechter
Partner
BakerHostetler LLP
1 file
Implementing an Internal Review Plan for Import Compliance
287.8 KB 45 pages Presentation
PDF - Implementing an Internal Review Plan for Import Compliance
15:00
Integrating C-TPAT and AEO into an Effective Worldwide Cargo Security Program
Ms. Suzanne J. Hoeger
Director‚ Customs & Trade Compliance
Abbott Laboratories
1 file
Integrating C-TPAT and AEO into an Effective Worldwide Cargo Security Program
7.5 MB 24 pages Presentation
PPT - Integrating C-TPAT and AEO into an Effective Worldwide Cargo Security Program
Ms. Debbie Turnbull
Executive Program Manager‚ Supply Chain Security
IBM Corporation
1 file
Integrating C-TPAT and AEO into an Effective Global Security Program
3 MB 14 pages Presentation
PPT - Integrating C-TPAT and AEO into an Effective Global Security Program
Mr. Laurent Ruessmann
Avocat
Crowell & Moring LLP
1 file
Integrating C-TPAT and AEO : Part of a bigger puzzle
828 KB 15 pages Presentation
PPT - Integrating C-TPAT and AEO :  Part of a bigger puzzle
15:45
Afternoon Refreshments
16:00
ACE: Update on New Processing System‚ How to Obtain and Use Data Effectively
Aaron Gothelf
Senior Counsel, International Trade Controls
GE Power & Water
1 file
ACE Data & Reports
388.5 KB 7 pages Presentation
PPT - ACE Data & Reports
16:30
Meeting Lacey Act Expanding Requirements to Minimize Enforcement Risks
Amy Magnus
Director of Customs Affairs and Compliance
A.N. Deringer, inc.
-Mr. Stuart P. Seidel
Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP
1 file
Lacey Act Declaration Primer
2.2 MB 100 pages White Paper
ZIP - Lacey Act Declaration Primer
17:15
Co-Chairs' Closing Remarks and Conference Ends