Day 1 - Wednesday, November 29, 2017

7:45
Registration Begins and Continental Breakfast
8:30
Conference Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks
8:35

GETTING VALUATION RIGHT

Defining and Applying Valuation Methodologies — and Avoiding the Most Common Missteps
9:35
HYPOTHETICAL VALUATION SCENARIO – Proving Eligibility for Deductions, and Statutory Additions, Assists, and Royalties
10:20
HYPOTHETICAL VALUATION SCENARIO – Responding to Transfer Pricing Questions from the Agencies
10:45
Morning Break
11:00

GETTING CLASSIFICATION RIGHT

“Need-to-Knows” for Compliant HTS Classification and Minimizing Duty Rates: Rules and Requirements, Grey Areas, and Identifying the Triggers for Delays and Penalties
12:00
HYPOTHETICAL CLASSIFICATION SCENARIOS – Watch Band or Radio Transceiver? Garment or Blanket? Problem Solving Classification Arguments Adopted by Both Customs and by the Courts…
12:45
Networking Lunch for Attendees and Speakers
1:45
Inside Import Agencies Beyond CBP, An Overview of the Agencies that Intersect with CBP, Their Oversight, and How to Foster Positive Working Relationships
2:30
AD/CVD Question Marks: What You Need to Know and How These Duties Affect Your Business
3:15
Afternoon Break
3:30

C-TPAT

Getting the Most Out of C-TPAT: How the Program Works, Reviews, Benefits, and Evaluating Whether to Move Forward With Certification- or Not
4:15
HYPOTHETICAL CERTIFICATION SCENARIO “SHOULD YOU OR SHOULDN’T YOU” Calculating the Real ROI for C-TPAT Certification
4:35
ACE in Practice: Managing Information in the ACE Portal, Alignments with Other Agencies, New Features to Simplify Reconciliation – and More
5:20
CLASSIFICATION, VALUATION, AND SECURITY PROGRAM “BRILLIANCE BAR”
5:50
Boot Camp Adjourns to Day Two

Day 2 - Thursday, November 30, 2017

8:00
Continental Breakfast
8:30
Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks
8:35

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

How to Make the Correct Determination – and Qualify for FTA and Special Trade Programs
9:35
NAFTA Update: What We Know, What to Do Now Plus Anticipated Changes
10:00
HYPOTHETICAL COUNTRY OF ORIGIN SCENARIOS – How to Rectify Incorrect Information, Secure Information from Suppliers, Work with Multi-Origin, Multi-Sourced Products, and More
10:45
Morning Break
11:00
Leveraging NAFTA and Other Key Free Trade Agreements for Maximum Duty Savings
11:45
How to Meet Recordkeeping Requirements and Facilitate Internal Data Accuracy for All Import Processes
12:30
Networking Lunch for Attendees and Speakers
1:30

FOCUS on AUDITS

What to Expect from a Customs Audit – Types of Audits, Preparation, and How to Apply CBP’s Standard of Reasonable Care
2:45
What To Do When Things Go Wrong – When and How to File A Voluntary Disclosure: The Timeline, Expectations, Processing, and Lessons Learned
3:30
Afternoon Break
3:45

COMPLIANCE PROGRAM BEST PRACTICES

The Key to Building an Effective, Customs Compliance Program: How to Meet CBP Requirements with Core Components and Controls
4:30
Imminent Changes to Duty Drawback Requirements and Filings: How the New Program Might Help to Increase Duty Savings
5:20
AUDIT AND FTA “BRILLIANCE BAR
5:50
Boot Camp Adjourns to Post-Conference Workshops

Day 1 - Wednesday, November 29, 2017

7:45
Registration Begins and Continental Breakfast
8:30
Conference Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks

Jill Franze
Senior Director, Global Customs, Finance
Cisco Systems, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)

Richard M. Belanger
Senior Counsel
Sidley Austin LLP (Washington, DC)

8:35

GETTING VALUATION RIGHT

Defining and Applying Valuation Methodologies — and Avoiding the Most Common Missteps

Susan Kohn Ross
Partner
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP (Los Angeles, CA)

Paul Raglow
Director, Global Trade Compliance
Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia, PA)

Discuss the core components of each individual valuation methodology, as well as when they should be applied. Expert speakers will also delve into how assists, royalties, and other additions become ingredients of dutiable value for imported goods.

  • How to determine the correct value of goods and avoid common valuation errors
  • Defining the six valuation methodologies and when they should be applied
  • Identifying assists, royalties, and other statutory additions as a part of the dutiable value
  • Assessing the different types of deductions and how deductions are determined
  • Handling products imported for repairs and products which are not for sale

9:35
HYPOTHETICAL VALUATION SCENARIO – Proving Eligibility for Deductions, and Statutory Additions, Assists, and Royalties

Attendees will have the opportunity to apply key definitions from the previous valuation panel. Session leaders will guide you through practical scenarios and steps that importers must take to ensure they are using the correct value for related-party transactions. Examples will be shared from recent CBP audits along with best practices for determining final cost. Ask questions and walk away with a better understanding of this critical topic.

10:20
HYPOTHETICAL VALUATION SCENARIO – Responding to Transfer Pricing Questions from the Agencies

During this focused session, participants from our audience will work through one of three hypothetical scenarios. Learn how to manage transfer pricing questions through case studies, along with an overview of key agencies and developments.

10:45
Morning Break
11:00

GETTING CLASSIFICATION RIGHT

“Need-to-Knows” for Compliant HTS Classification and Minimizing Duty Rates: Rules and Requirements, Grey Areas, and Identifying the Triggers for Delays and Penalties

Bruce Shulan
Attorney
Stein Shostak Shostak Pollack & O’Hara (Washington, DC)

Classification is the most fundamental task when filing entries, determining duty liability, calculating final costs, and auditing your trade compliance program. In addition to de-mystifying the Harmonized Tariff Classification Schedules, expert faculty members will share practical tips on how to reduce duty rates.  

  • How to use the Harmonized Tariff Schedule and where companies make mistakes
    • Understanding HTSUS structure and framework
    • Applying relevant section and chapter notes, heading and subheading notes, general notes and explanatory notes, and using the rulings as guides
    • Key pitfalls to avoid when complying with Chapters 84, 85, and 90
  • New audit regimes for classification
  • Developing internal controls, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance
  • What to do when classifying unusual goods and common gray areas
  • Understanding the most common triggers for delays and penalties

12:00
HYPOTHETICAL CLASSIFICATION SCENARIOS – Watch Band or Radio Transceiver? Garment or Blanket? Problem Solving Classification Arguments Adopted by Both Customs and by the Courts…

Michael Utchell
Associate Director, ITC Customs & AES Compliance
UTC Aerospace Systems

Jonathan Weltzer
Global Trade Controls
The Boeing Company

Take a look at real-life, high-profile classification scenarios of both complicated and conventional products, taking into account essential classification interpretation rules.   Session leaders will first take you through the relevant definitions, then lead an interactive discussion on how to correctly classify high-profile items, making sure to highlight where importers commonly make mistakes.

12:45
Networking Lunch for Attendees and Speakers
1:45
Inside Import Agencies Beyond CBP, An Overview of the Agencies that Intersect with CBP, Their Oversight, and How to Foster Positive Working Relationships

Jeffrey Colin Nii
Director, Interagency Collaboration Office of Trade
U.S. Customs & Border Protection (Washington, D.C.)

Christopher Kane
Partner
Simon Gluck & Kane (New York, NY)

There are 47 government agencies that regulate imports into the United States. Educate your teams on who, what, where, when, and how other agencies coordinate with CBP. Hear directly from CBP on how agency requirements are converging and what this means for your day-to-day operations:

  • How do you know when there are “other federal agency requirements” applicable to your imported products
  • Who do you contact at each federal agency when you have questions
  • What happens when your cargo clears with U.S. Customs, but violates another federal agency requirement?
  • Understanding CBP’s role as the border enforcement agency
    • Contrasting FDA, CPSC, EPA, USDA, DOJ roles and responsibilities
  • Identifying transactions that involve multiple agencies
  • Determining which regulatory requirements apply

2:30
AD/CVD Question Marks: What You Need to Know and How These Duties Affect Your Business

Alexander H Schaefer
Partner
Crowell Moring LLP (Washington, DC)

Richard A. Mojica
Counsel
Miller & Chevalier Chartered (Washington, DC)

As AD/CVDs continue to be an ongoing trade issue for CBP, both the penalties and risks of hurting your business’ reputation are higher than ever before. During this session, speakers will walk participants through common pitfalls that importers run into– and how mistakes can affect your business in the long run.  

  • Overview the AD/CVD deposit and assessment process
  • How AD/CVD affect the bottom lines of importers
  • How does CBP determine which antidumping duty to assess on imports?
  • Managing the risks resulting from antidumping duties and strategies for lowering liabilities
  • What do you do when CBP determines that your product is in the scope of an AD/CVD case
  • What is happening now in AD/CVD enforcement?

3:15
Afternoon Break
3:30

C-TPAT

Getting the Most Out of C-TPAT: How the Program Works, Reviews, Benefits, and Evaluating Whether to Move Forward With Certification- or Not

Teresa Morton
Manager, North American Customs
DENSO International America, Inc (Maryville, TN)

Karen M. Beaver
Global Trade Security
Northrop Grumman (Linthicum, MD)

Shannon Fura
Partner
Page Fura (Chicago, IL)

  • The scope and purpose of these supply chain security programs
  • Determining if C-TPAT is the right move for your organization
  • Identifying the potential benefits that can be forfeited with noncertification
    • Reduced number of inspections by CBP
    • Customer/client relationships
    • Preferred access to free and secure trade lanes
    • Priority processing
  • How to evaluate whether or not to move forward with certification
  • Costs associated with implementing new compliance standards
    • technology
    • transport and brokerage operations
  • AUDIENCE POLLING: Who is certified, and why? Who isn’t, and why?

4:15
HYPOTHETICAL CERTIFICATION SCENARIO “SHOULD YOU OR SHOULDN’T YOU” Calculating the Real ROI for C-TPAT Certification

Speakers will guide attendees through the cost-benefit analysis for considering C-TPAT.

4:35
ACE in Practice: Managing Information in the ACE Portal, Alignments with Other Agencies, New Features to Simplify Reconciliation – and More

Richard M. Belanger
Senior Counsel
Sidley Austin LLP (Washington, DC)

Heidi Bray
US and Global Customs Compliance Manager
FiatChrysler Automobiles US LLC

  • Why ACE has been pushed back to a new, further deadline
  • The most recent ACE developments and upcoming plans for further implementation
  • Preparing for the next ACE rollout
  • Key challenges to implementing ACE, and how to resolve them
  • Using importer reports such as liquidation reports, individual customs reports, entry summary, and more

5:20
CLASSIFICATION, VALUATION, AND SECURITY PROGRAM “BRILLIANCE BAR”

At this open Q & A session, select members of the expert speaking faculty will be available to take additional questions and provide further, individual insights on how to manage real world customs challenges.

5:50
Boot Camp Adjourns to Day Two

Day 2 - Thursday, November 30, 2017

8:00
Continental Breakfast
8:30
Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks
8:35

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

How to Make the Correct Determination – and Qualify for FTA and Special Trade Programs

Audrey Garrett
Import Compliance Manager, Americas FCO / EPO
Flowserve Corporation (Raleigh, NC)

Michael Roll
Partner
Pisani & Roll LLP (LA, CA)

Experts will discuss the Country of Origin rules across separate U.S. agencies, how to comply and communicate with these agencies, and meet recordkeeping requirements to satisfy origin determinations and FTA use.

  • What is the country of origin and how must the finished product be marked according to CBP?
  • Determining eligibility under a FTA or HTSUS Chapter 98 classification
  • Types of documents that must be maintained to satisfy compliance under Country of Origin claims and FTA use
  • Creating an origin determination policy that is adaptive to CBP changes
  • How CBP is targeting these determinations during the audit planning process and during audits
  • Examples of how Customs has become more vigilant on the use of FTAs

9:35
NAFTA Update: What We Know, What to Do Now Plus Anticipated Changes

Discuss the status of the NAFTA renegotiation, industry’s response thus far, and further measures to take toward re-positioning your import operations.

10:00
HYPOTHETICAL COUNTRY OF ORIGIN SCENARIOS – How to Rectify Incorrect Information, Secure Information from Suppliers, Work with Multi-Origin, Multi-Sourced Products, and More

A single Country of Origin determination can present innumerable grey areas for your business. Learn from the experts on how to correct your internal procedures and records upon receiving incorrect information, how to source information from suppliers as quickly and effectively as possible, and what to do when you must determine a multi-origin/multisourced product, among many other unique challenges.

10:45
Morning Break
11:00
Leveraging NAFTA and Other Key Free Trade Agreements for Maximum Duty Savings

Patricia Hall
Senior Manager – Customs
General Electric (Fort Myers, FL)

Nathaniel Bolin
Partner
Drinker Biddel & Reath LLP

  • Overview of the most pertinent free trade agreements and special duty programs
  • How to identify potential FTA opportunities
  • Understanding and complying with multiple rules of origin in FTAs at once
    • Australian FTA, CAFTA-DR, KORUS, T-TIP, and more
  • Tariff shift vs. regional value content rules
  • Special rules for intermediate materials
  • NAFTA validation and responding to information requests
  • Best practices for collecting information critical to supporting FTAs
    • Certificate of Origins, Trade Program certificates, and more

11:45
How to Meet Recordkeeping Requirements and Facilitate Internal Data Accuracy for All Import Processes

Kathleen G Neal
Global Trade Director
Regal Beloit Corporation (Dallas, TX)

Kate O’Brien
Manager, Import Compliance Corporate Customs and Trade Compliance
Abbott (Abbott Park, IL)

  • What are the recordkeeping requirements by CBP?
  • What are the most common missteps for recordkeeping?
  • What happens if you do not have the required records to prove compliance?
    • Scope of penalties and loss of duty benefits
  • How data accuracy is integral to recordkeeping – and how to facilitate accuracy for customs teams
  • Determining which records are needed for a CBP audit
    • Documenting, filing, and accessing specific records such as FTAs, GSP, U.S. goods returned, etc

12:30
Networking Lunch for Attendees and Speakers
1:30

FOCUS on AUDITS

What to Expect from a Customs Audit – Types of Audits, Preparation, and How to Apply CBP’s Standard of Reasonable Care

BJ Shannon
Counsel, Trade Compliance
Raytheon (Washington, DC)

Jason Waite
Partner
Alston & Bird, LLP (Washington, DC)

  • Comparing and contrasting different audit surveys to define importer responsibilities and expectations
  • The number of audits conducted by the Regulatory Audit Division
    • Focused Assessments
    • Quick Response Audits
    • Audit Surveys
  • How companies are selected for audits, and how CBP determines which assessment to use
  • How to prepare for an audit based on the type of assessment and your business
  • How to apply CBP’s standard for reasonable care
  • Examples of letters, forms, and other documents from CBP

2:45
What To Do When Things Go Wrong – When and How to File A Voluntary Disclosure: The Timeline, Expectations, Processing, and Lessons Learned

Rebecca Tomei
Manager, Trade Compliance
Covestro (Pittsburgh, PA)

Susan Kohn Ross
Partner
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP (Los Angeles, CA)

  • Learn what the biggest triggers are leading to a CBP investigation
  • Key factors that should guide your decision to voluntarily disclose
  • When to submit a prior disclosure to CBP
    • What to do if a CBP investigation has already begun
  • How to voluntarily disclose
    • Determining the scope of your disclosure
    • Complying with other agencies such as ITAR, EAR, FDA, EPA/TSC, etc.
    • Completing the disclosure process to ensure credit
  • Review of sample prior disclosures

3:30
Afternoon Break
3:45

COMPLIANCE PROGRAM BEST PRACTICES

The Key to Building an Effective, Customs Compliance Program: How to Meet CBP Requirements with Core Components and Controls

Jill Franze
Senior Director, Global Customs, Finance
Cisco Systems, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)

Meredith Covey
Director, Customs Operations and Compliance
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)

  • Considering the size, scope, and complexity of your specific company, and how your compliance program will vary according to that internal dynamic
  • Building effective, easy-to-implement internal controls
  • Are there any other core components to cover-add a couple of more bullet points
  • Review sample procedures and protocols with your peers

4:30
Imminent Changes to Duty Drawback Requirements and Filings: How the New Program Might Help to Increase Duty Savings

Jean-Rene Broussard
Counsel
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

As a new process for filing Duty Drawbacks rolls out in February 2018, hear from Duty Drawback specialists who can teach your compliance team how to maximize the program’s benefits.

  • The challenges associated with duty drawbacks and the costs typically associated with their filing
  • Key items that CBP has looked for in the past
  • The changing landscape of how and what can be processed under duty drawbacks
  • Key pitfalls and how to prepare for new requirements

5:20
AUDIT AND FTA “BRILLIANCE BAR

As an additional, invaluable opportunity, members of the speaking faculty will be available to take additional questions and provide further, individual insights on how to manage real world FTA and audit challenges in practice.

5:50
Boot Camp Adjourns to Post-Conference Workshops