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Jun
26
Wed
98th Annual AAEI Conference and Expo
Jun 26 – Jun 28 all-day CDT

98th Annual Conference
June 26th-28th
Washington, D.C.
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Trade in a Shifting World

The 98th Annual AAEI Conference and Expo, June 26-28, 2019 in Washington, DC, is an opportunity for trade professionals to better understand commerce in the shifting world of international trade. AAEI’s conferences bring together practitioners and policymakers for the common purpose of facilitating the movement of goods safely and securely. In a shifting world, keeping up with the flow of change has challenged everyone involved in trade. Attendees will take away strategic and tactical approaches and compliance knowledge for their trade operations. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel in the heart of Washington, DC’s lively Penn Quarter.

2019 Program Concept

AAEI’s conference planning team devised a new concept for this year’s program, meant to maximize the content value for attendees of all professional levels.

Each general session at the 98th Annual AAEI Conference and Expo will be followed by two corresponding breakout sessions, one for each of the following tracks:

  • Policy and Strategy
  • Compliance and Operations

The result will mean attendees will take away more than they expect from a high level AAEI annual conference experience. They will retain important information on strategic and operational levels. The 2019 AAEI conference is for people who work in trade– and for people who work on trade.

Adrienne will be moderating a panel discussion on the topic of USMCA & Rules of Origin, 11:00am- Noon on June 27th.

  • Deal or No Deal? – USMCA Edition

The newly updated NAFTA agreement goes by many names – USMCA, CUSMA, TMEC – but what’s in a name? The real question remains, “will it be ratified?” This panel aims to explore the deep-rooted issues surrounding the new agreement, the most significant changes to the agreement, what it could mean as far as new procedures for qualification, and how our experts think interested parties should prepare for the changes. Updated rules of origin and customs procedures that acknowledge technological advancements of the last 25 years will serve as a focal point of the discussion, as well as any additional side deals that could make or break the ratification of the agreement by all three countries. Our experts will offer a range practitioner insight from all sides of the deal.

Read Adrienne’s bio here.

Registration

To download or view the Conference agenda, please click here.

For Registration details and additional information,  please visit AAEI’s website.

Jul
29
Mon
Fifth Annual Global Trade Educational Conference being held in New Orleans, LA
Jul 29 – Jul 30 all-day CDT

The NCBFAA Educational Institute (NEI) is proud to invite all global logistics professionals to its Fifth Annual Global Trade Educational Conference (G.TEC) on July 29-30, 2019.

This two-day event will be held in historic New Orleans, LA and will provide customs brokers, freight forwarders, NVOCCs, OTI, service providers, importers, exporters and all global logistics professionals an opportunity to update themselves on industry developments and connect with colleagues old and new


Braumiller Law Group Partner and Founder Adrienne Braumiller, BLG Senior Associate Attorney Jennifer Horvath, and Braumiller Consulting Group Senior Trade Advisor, Bonnie Kersch to speak at G.TEC

Adrienne Braumiller to speak on China Tariffs and Section 301 Exclusion Process

The trade wars are in the forefront and companies need to become more familiar with the steps afforded us to minimize the impact of Section 301 tariffs, as well as section 232. Learn the process one needs to take to seek exclusions, or how to use other strategies for relief from these additional duties from a law firm that has been successful in this endeavor on behalf of their clients.

Read Adrienne’s bio here.

 

Jennifer Horvath to Speak on Penalty Mitigation ADD/CVD

Jennifer Horvath Internatinal Trade LawyerWith access to more information government agencies involved in the importation of goods into the United States are requesting more information, as well as policing the products being entered into commerce. Get valuable insight on how to mitigate any penalties you may receive.

Read Jennifer’s bio here.

 

 

Bonnie Kersch to speak on Seeking Binding Classification Rulings and Steps for Getting a Desired Result

To bring more certainty to the entry process and achieve a higher compliance rate many people seek tariff classification binding rulings. Learn what steps you need to take in the preparation and submission of these requests to have a better chance of a desired ruling.

Read Bonnie’s bio here.

 

 


REGISTRATION

Registration Details, Program, Pricing and other information can be found on the NCBFAA website by clicking here.

 

G.TEC is worth 10 CCS/CES continuing education credits.

Aug
1
Thu
Foreign Trade Association presents “Customs Compliance for Import Personnel”
Aug 1 – Aug 2 all-day CDT

 

FOREIGN TRADE ASSOCIATION PRESENTS:

Customs Compliance for Import Personnel

A 2-day Course intended for Import Compliance Professionals and Management with Import Compliance

The class also covers participation in Customs initiatives, such as C-TPAT, Importer Self-Assessment, and ACE Portal.

TOPICS TO BE COVERED:

  • Establishing & utilizing internal controls
  • Customs broker selection, powers of attorney & broker monitoring
  • Types of entries, customs bonds, paying duty & handling liquidations
  • Classifying imported articles, saving and utilizing classification information
  • Qualifying for the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) Program and Importer Self-Assessment Program
  • Participating in Centers of Excellence & Expertise
  • Dealing with Anti-dumping and Special Duties
  • Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and ACE Portal benefits
  • Qualifying (or not) for duty free exemptions and free trade agreements
  • Using TIBs, bonded warehouses, Foreign Trade Zones & drawback
  • Learning of and dealing with import restrictions and other agency requirements
  • Record keeping requirements and complying with the rules
  • Responding to Customs requests and actions
  • Dealing with liquidated damages & audits

Meet the Instructor:

Bruce H. Leeds

Bruce Leeds, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group

Braumiller Law Group PLLC, is a Dallas-based international trade law firm. Bruce oversees the Los Angeles office and concentrates on export and import compliance matters, including ITAR, EAR and OFAC issues.

Bruce began his career as an Import Specialist and Team Leader with U.S. Customs in Los Angeles. He later worked at Hughes Aircraft Company, Hughes Space & Communications Company, and The Boeing Company in import and export compliance positions.

He has served in several trade organizations and committees, including the Commercial Operations Advisory Committee to U.S. Customs & Border Protection, the Private Sector Consultative Group to the World Customs Organization, the Foreign Trade Association, and the American Association of Exporters & Importers.

Bruce holds a B.A. from California State University Los Angeles, and a J.D (Cum Laude) from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law. He is a member of the California State Bar Association, holds a Customs Broker license (LCB) and a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) designation. Mr. Leeds is a U.S. Army veteran.

Read Bruce’s full bio here.


Registration begins at 8:45 AM
Workshop: 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Lunch will be served.

 

Guest parking is in front of building #100, the main corporate building facing Torrance Blvd.

 

Credits: 12 CCS/CES/MES Credit

Sep
8
Sun
NAFTZ 47th Annual Conference & Exposition
Sep 8 – Sep 11 all-day CDT

47th Annual Conference & Exposition

 September 8-11, 2019

Palmer House Hilton Chicago
17 E. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603


 

Enhance Your Career

Industry Professionals and partners will challenge themselves to take trade to new heights at the NAFTZ Annual Conference & Exposition. Attend this 4-day event and gain a lifetime of resources, relationships and regulation updates that you can enhance and build upon each year and event cycle.

Additional information and agenda can be found here.

Adrienne Braumiller will join Frankie Bryson, Director of Customs & Trade for Nissan N.A. in a panel discussion, “What a privilege! Status of Foreign Goods in FTZ Excluded from Section 232 or 301 Tariffs” at the NAFTZ Annual Conference.  The Moderator for this discussion will be Leigh Ryan, Director of Trade Services & Foreign Trade Zone 104.

This panel will explore Section 301 tariffs impact on manufacturing zones. Provide an update on 201,232, 301, Bond Updates, tariffs, and possible long term impact to FTZ program from trade remedies. They will also review the Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Japan in relation to FTZ country of origin.


Meet the Panelists:

Adrienne Braumiller

Adrienne is the founder of Braumiller Law Group PLLC and an innovative force in the international trade law arena. With more than 25 years of experience, she is widely recognized as a leading authority in Customs, import, export, foreign-trade zones, free trade agreements and ITAR compliance.

Adrienne has been involved in every aspect of import and export compliance, from developing compliance programs to conducting audits and assessments, representing clients who are under investigation, preparing and submitting voluntary disclosures, preparing and filing classification requests and  licenses,  analyzing  whether  specific  transactions  should  be  pursued,  providing tailored training on specific import/export topics, addressing penalty assessments, and serving as an expert witness in a number of trade cases.  Adrienne’s full bio can be found here.

Frankie Bryson

Frankie Bryson is the Director of Alliance Customs and Trade, North America, for Nissan North America, Inc., where she is responsible for Customs operations and compliance for the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance operations in the US, Canada, and Mexico including the Customs and regulatory compliance of NNA’s two FTZ sub-zones encompassing three locations.   Prior to joining Nissan in 2006, Frankie was Manager of the International Trade Group at Robert Bosch Corp., where she was responsible for the Customs compliance activities for Bosch’s Automotive Division.  Frankie’s full bio can be found here.

Meet the Moderator:

Leigh Ryan

In little over two years, Leigh Ryan has taken World Trade Center Savannah full steam ahead, managing trade services and programs and kicking off the organization’s college internship program.  Now as director for Foreign Trade Zone 104, Ryan works with established sites and sub-zone operators as well as promotes the benefits for FTZ to the region. She has been instrumental in developing the tools needed to communicate the mission and benefits of the organization to the region and the world.  Leigh’s full bio can be found here.

For registration details and all other information, please visit the NAFTZ website.

Nov
6
Wed
Southern Border Conference: Conquering the Mountains of Trade Regulations
Nov 6 – Nov 9 all-day CDT

2019 Southern Border Conference

 

Enhance your Career
Join Us for Knowledge and Networking!

Adrienne Braumiller, Founder & Partner, of Braumiller Law Group will be joined by George Tuttle, III of Tuttle Law as they discuss the ‘USMCA New NAFTA and Status’ on Thursday, November 7th, from 1 PM – 1:45 PM.    Click here to download the Conference agenda.


Meet the Speakers

Adrienne Braumiller is the founder of Braumiller Law Group PLLC and an innovative force in the international trade law arena. With more than 30 years of experience, she is widely recognized as a leading authority in Customs, import, export, foreign-trade zones, free trade agreements ITAR compliance, and of course NAFTA/USMCA.

Read Adrienne’s full Bio here.

 

George Tuttle, III, has over 35 years experience advising clients and litigating matters relating to classification, valuation, country-of-origin, special duty exemptions, NAFTA, drawback, regulatory audits and compliance assessments, penalties, and broker compliance.

Read George’s full Bio here.

 

 

 

For Registration details, please click the image below.

Additional information on the event is located here.

 

Nov
20
Wed
ACI’s Customs Compliance Industry Exchange
Nov 20 – Nov 21 all-day CDT

Customs Compliance Industry Exchange
November 20 – 21, 2019
Washington Plaza, Washington, DC

Discuss strategies with your customs counterparts on Tariffs, Duty Mitigation, Free Trade Agreements, Enforcement Trends, USMCA/NAFTA, and Customs Innovations.

The world is changing rapidly and everyone working in import and customs must stay ahead of disruptive trends that are shifting the global business landscape. Global trade wars are having a significant effect on the international playing field.

At the same time, enforcement trends reveal heightened regulatory scrutiny in the customs arena. In light of this, ACI’s Customs Compliance Industry Exchange was created to create a forum to discuss these critical issues and allow you to expand your customs network. Join your peers in Washington this November to join the conversation.

The 2019 program features, unique in the market, offers the following:

  • Dynamic Polling
  • Vote anonymously on emerging issues and compare your organization to your peers. Participants will receive a summary of the poll results after the conference concludes.
  • Audience Exchange Sessions
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to text potential questions, topics and views for discussion during the session.
  • Emerging Topic Networking (ETN)
  • During lunch, participants will have the opportunity to discuss specific emerging topics. Tables will be reserved and advance signup is offered.

DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE AGENDA HERE.


Braumiller Law Group Founder & Partner, Adrienne Braumiller will join Kartapurkh Khalsa, Senior Counsel & Director of Customs Compliance at NOV (Houston, TX) and Diana Urelius, Senior Manager Trade Compliance at Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas Inc., November 20th, @ 11:15 a.m.

Topic:  Current State of Trade Remedies: Sections 301 and 232 Developments

Adrienne Braumiller is the founder of Braumiller Law Group, PLLC and an innovative force in the international trade law arena. With more than 25 years of experience, she is widely recognized as a leading authority in Customs, import, export, foreign-trade zones, free trade agreements and ITAR compliance.  She has been involved in every aspect of import and export compliance, from developing compliance programs to conducting audits and assessments…
Read Adrienne’s full Bio here.

 

 

For Registration information and other event details, please click the image below.

Dec
11
Wed
Incoterms 2020 Webinar
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CDT

Join us for an informative webinar on the topic of:

Incoterms 2020
Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
1:00PM – 2:30PM CST

Registration Fee: $25.00

Presented by Braumiller Consulting Group, LLC

We will discuss the recent changes that have been made to Incoterms in the latest version released by the International Chamber of Commerce. We’ll not only learn about these changes and what they might mean for your company, but we’ll also discuss how and when to implement the new Incoterms, and important things to watch out for as your company adapts. We will also go through each Incoterm, new and old, in depth, so that you fully understand each one before the session ends.

To join this highly informative webinar, please click the Registration button below and you will be directed to PayPal for completing your transaction (you do not need to have PayPal account in order to pay).  Upon completion of your PayPal transaction, you will automatically be redirected to the webinar’s registration page where you’ll need to complete your registration.  Note, it is IMPERATIVE that you complete this final step as this is where you’ll receive the webinar call-in details and other pertinent attendee information.


Meet  the Presenter:

Bonnie is a Senior Trade Advisor for Braumiller Consulting Group who is Incoterms 2020 Certified by the International Chamber of Commerce.  She is also a Licensed Customs Broker and Certified Customs Specialist who has worked in the compliance world for many years, specializing in the chemical sector. Bonnie has experience in almost every aspect of compliance including Classification, Free Trade Agreements, Export Licenses, Broker Management, Denied Parties Screening, Country of Origin Determination, Deemed Exports, Incoterms Determination, and more.  Read Bonnie’s full bio here.

 

For more information on Incoterms 2020, please click here to read Bonnie’s recently published article.

Jan
14
Tue
NCBFAA presents ‘Exporting Mechanics, Series II: Commodity Jurisdiction’ webinar
Jan 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT

The NCBFAA Educational Institute in cooperation with the Office of Digital Initiatives at the Department of Commerce, invite you to attend a webinar on Commodity Jurisdiction. During this webinar exporters will learn what “Commodity Jurisdiction” is and how it affects exporters. This webinar is for the intermediate U.S. small and medium size business exporter.

NCBFAA and the Office of Digital Initiatives at the Department of Commerce are working closely together to offer this webinar.

Event: Commodity Jurisdiction
Date:  January 14, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
Cost: $25 per participant
Learn what “Commodity Jurisdiction” is and how it affects exporters.


Meet the Presenter:

Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel
Braumiller Law Group, PLLC

Bruce Leeds has decades of experience in international trade law and has successfully served his clients in diverse capacities, from classification and due diligence, to ITAR compliance and drawback. He has significant expertise with importing and exporting high tech products. Recognized for his wealth of knowledge, Bruce was appointed by the U.S. Treasury Secretary, and the Secretary of Homeland Security to serve for two terms on the Departmental Advisory Committee on the Commercial Operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (COAC). Read Bruce’s full bio here.


Cost: $25.00
1 CCS/CES Credit

Please contact NEI Director Cecelia Ferrara, at nei@ncbfaa.com for any questions.

Jan
23
Thu
Partnering for Compliance 7th Annual Customs/Import Boot Camp 2020
Jan 23 all-day CDT

 

Partnering for Compliance
7th Annual Customs/Import Boot Camp 2020

Presented by Attorneys Adrienne Braumiller and Bruce Leeds
of Braumiller Law Group, PLLC


This collegial & interactive 1-day intensive program will focus on a broad spectrum of import regulatory & compliance matters of current relevance.

Senior-level speakers will provide solid & recent updates on US initiatives & policies regarding customs and import regulatory matters of relevance to your business.  Extensive Q&A sessions.  Click here to view the tentative agenda and other details.

Registration:

Reservations are limited to the first 200 paid registrants for the for the program.  Direct debit/credit card online payment is only through PayPal.  You do NOT need a PayPal membership/account to make an online payment.

Online registrations with credit/debit card payments are available only at the Partnering for Compliance website.

This 1-day event is being held at:

Holiday Inn Orlando Airport Hotel
5750 T.G. Lee Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32822
(407) 851-6400
(866) 253-2182/Reservations

To receive discounted rates when booking, please use Group Booking code: CUI


Meet the Speakers:

Adrienne Braumiller, Founder & Partner

Adrienne Braumiller is the founder of Braumiller Law Group PLLC and an innovative force in the international trade law arena. With more than 25 years of experience, she is widely recognized as a leading authority in Customs, import, export, foreign-trade zones, free trade agreements and ITAR compliance.  Adrienne has been involved in every aspect of import and export compliance, from developing compliance programs to conducting audits and assessments, representing clients who are under investigation, preparing and submitting voluntary disclosures, preparing and filing classification requests and  licenses,  analyzing  whether  specific  transactions  should  be  pursued,  providing tailored training on specific import/export topics, addressing penalty assessments, and serving as an expert witness in a number of trade cases. Click here to read Adrienne’s full bio.

 

Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel

Bruce Leeds has decades of experience in international trade law and has successfully served his clients in diverse capacities, from classification and due diligence, to ITAR compliance and drawback. He has significant expertise with importing and exporting high tech products. Prior to becoming an attorney, Bruce was an Import Specialist at the U.S. Customs Service in Los Angeles for seven years. During this period, he was promoted to Team Leader and developed significant expertise in working with imports of semiconductors and watches. Bruce then joined Hughes Aircraft Company, where he worked in various positions related to import and export compliance. In this role, he managed export/import documentation, compliance and license functions, and directly supervised as many as 27 employees. He was also responsible for establishing policies and procedures, conducting compliance investigations, and assisting subsidiaries in several states with export/import issues.  Click here to read Bruce’s full bio.

 

An official Certificate of Completion outlining 6.5 CCS NCBFAA Credits for the 1-day Customs/Import Boot Camp program will be presented to all participants. CLE CREDITS: Accreditation may be sought individually/collectively by participant(s) in their jurisdictions.

If further details are needed, please contact Partnering for Compliance at (321) 952-2978 or by email: info@partneringforcompliance.org.

Jan
28
Tue
Personal Liability in Trade Compliance
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm CDT

The Dallas Ft. Worth area ICPA Data Group is kicking off 2020 with an informational meeting of the minds.

Alexandra Lopez-Casero, Partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, and Paul Fudacz, Partner at Braumiller Law Group PLLC, will present on Personal Liability in Trade Compliance.

Alexandra and Paul will discuss how personal liability can be attributed to corporate compliance professionals and what you can do to protect yourself.

As always, please bring your questions to make this an interactive and engaging session.

Tuesday, January 28th, 6 PM – 8 PM
Spring Creek Barbeque
315 State Highway 114-W
Grapevine, Texas 76051
https://springcreekbarbeque.com/locations/

We have the banquet room reserved from 6:00 – 8:00PM.

Trade talk, and Texas barbecue
What better way to kick off 2020!!!


Meet the Presenters: 

Paul Fudacz, Partner
Braumiller Law Group PLLC

Paul Fudacz, a Partner with Braumiller Law Group, has nearly 30 years of experience in International Trade law.  He specializes in customs and import regulatory issues, export controls and licensing, legal audits, supply chain security initiatives and establishing and managing comprehensive regulatory compliance programs.  Paul has special expertise in the areas of HTS classification, anti-dumping and countervailing duties, customs valuation, customs seizures, bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, ACS Reconciliation, C-TPAT, Customs and FTC marking and ISA certification requirements. He also has considerable experience with EAR, ITAR, OFAC, and anti-boycott compliance.  Read Paul’s full bio here.

Alexandra Lopez-Casero, Partner
Nixon Peabody LLP

Alexandra López-Casero represents U.S. and non-U.S. companies on a wide range of international trade-related issues. She serves as principal outside international trade counsel to a number of U.S. and non U.S.-based companies, ranging from start-ups to multinationals, that develop, produce and export a wide range of products, including defense technology, industrial products, chemicals, electronic products, software, life science products, medical devices, pharmaceutical products and equipment, aerospace technology, and consumer products. She concentrates her practice on export controls, economic sanctions, and national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Read Alexandra’s full bio here.

For additional details or to RSVP, please contact:

Lila Landis, LCB CUSECO®
Manager, F-35 Integration
Global Transportation
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Office: 682-610-6871
Mobile: 817-647-0710
Lila.A.Landis@lmco.com

We hope to see you there!