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

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

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

 

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

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

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.

 

 

 

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Additional information on the event is located here.

 

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

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.

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

 

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.

Feb
12
Wed
5th Annual Advanced Topics in Customs Compliance Conference 2020
Feb 12 – Feb 14 all-day

5th Annual Advanced Topics in Customs Compliance Conference 2020

February 12-14, 2020
Omni Hotel Galleria
Four Riverway
Houston, TX 77056
Reservations: https://customsconferences.com/venue.html

The Advanced Topics in Customs Compliance Conference (“ATCC”) brings together import and export professionals, legal counsel, customs brokers and other international trade professionals in a highly productive two-day event in Houston, Texas.

The 2020 conference will offer three separate tracks dedicated to Advanced Imports, Advanced Exports and other Trade-related topics, as well as a “Basics” track for trade professionals needing various refreshers. Sessions will include:

      • Special 3-Hour Advanced Customs Value Workshop (limited space)
      • Export Sanctions
      • Country of Origin for 232 and 301
      • Basic and Advanced Value Sessions
      • ADD/CVD
      • Prior Disclosures & Quantification Methodologies
      • Advanced & Introductory Customs Audits & Enforcement Sessions
      • BIS & Census Updates
      • FTZ Strategies
      • Drawback Sessions
      • Reconciliation Sessions
      • USMCA/NAFTA Update + Rules of Origin
      • Basic and Advanced Classification Sessions
      • ACE Reporting for Imports & Exports
      • Intellectual Property Rights
      • S. Trade Policy
      • Post Entry Audits and Internal Controls
      • European Trade Update
      • Broker’s World Update

Click here to view the Agenda.


Adrienne Braumiller, Partner & Founder of Braumiller Law Group will be speaking at the upcoming conference, as well Joe Cortez, Senior Trade Advisor for Braumiller Consulting Group

 

USMCA Update and Rules of OriginThursday, February 13th @ 10:30 a.m. 
Adrienne will be joined by Aasha Wanless – Trade Compliance Director, Polaris

Prior Disclosures Gone Wrong Thursday, February 13th @ 1:15 p.m.
George Tuttle III – Attorney, Tuttle Law
Adrienne Braumiller – Partner, Braumiller Law Group
John Metrich – Sr. Trade Auditor, Deleon Trade

Routed Transactions UpdateFriday, February 14th @ 10:00 a.m.
Sharron Cook – Senior Export Policy Analyst, ​Bureau of Industry and Security
Kiesha Downs – Chief, Trade Regulations Branch, U.S. Census Bureau
Joe Cortez – Senior Trade Advisor, Braumiller Consulting Group

 

 

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

Mar
15
Sun
ICPA Spring Conference 2020 – San Diego, CA
Mar 15 – Mar 18 all-day

Annual Conference 2020

San Diego, CA  |  March 15-18, 2020  |  Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

 

Who Should Attend

⇒  Trade Compliance Professionals
⇒  International Trade Counsel
⇒ 
Compliance Specialists & Analysts
⇒ 
Managers and Directors Responsible for:

♦  Import/Export Compliance or Operations
♦ 
Supply Chain Compliance or Security
♦ 
Internal Controls
♦ 
Government Relations

What to Expect

Five Tracks – Imports, Exports, General, Boot Camp & Repeats – will cover topics such as:

Quick, Fast, and In Compliance: Creating Synergy between compliance and Supply Chain
Foreign Corrupt Practices Best Practices and Audit Procedures
Incoterms 2020
Global Tariff and Taxation Measures
Compliance Strategies for maintaining Customs Bonds During and After Trade Wars
USMCA
Section 232 & 301 updates
Mexican Compliance – Importing into Mexico – customs rules and regulations
ADD / CVD Scope and Case Study
WTO dispute process
Setting up a Foreign Trade Zone
Importing into India & Brazil
Setting Up ACH and PMS Best Practices
Reconciliation
Ask the Legal Eagles
Documenting Your HTS Classification Process
New ACE Reporting Features and Reports
Intro to ITAR
Determining an ECCN
Commodity Jurisdiction
Performing an Export Audit
Creating a functional Export Compliance Manual
Understanding Encryption
Understanding Export Licensing

And many more Basic to Advanced Topics in this 5-Track Conference!!
See you in San Diego!


Jennifer Horvath, Partner, Braumiller Law Group, Bruce Leeds, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group, and Bonnie Kersch, Senior Trade Advisor for Braumiller Consulting Group will speak at this ICPA event.

Topic:  False Claims Jennifer Horvath Internatinal Trade LawyerAct
By: Jennifer Horvath, Partner, Braumiller Law Group

Tuesday, March 17th, 9:50am – 10:50am

“As Customs has ramped up enforcement on antidumping/countervailing duties (ADD/CVD) along with other priority issues such as classification, there has been an increased trend toward False Claims Act (FCA) cases being filed. FCA cases – also known as “whistleblower” cases – have their basis in the government being deprived of revenue. FCA cases can be filed by individuals who allege wrongdoing by a company to intentionally defraud the government of revenue owed. The individual can then receive a percentage of the collected revenue should the case be deemed legitimate by the government. We will discuss the most common types of claims made under the FCA for revenue owed to Customs, the elements of an FCA case, and how importing companies can help mitigate the potential for FCA claims.”  Click here to read Jennifer’s Bio.

 

Topic:  Understanding Export Licensing
By: Bruce Leeds, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group
Tuesday, March 17th, 8:30am – 9:30am

New to export licensing or need a refresher? This session will cover licensing under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the Export Administration Regulations and Office of Foreign Assets Controls Regulations. It will include an introduction to the types of licenses, definitions and methodology with several examples of how these controls work in real life.  Click here to read Bruce’s Bio.

 

Topic:  Incoterms 2020
By: Bonnie Kersch, Sr. Trade Advisor, Braumiller Consulting Group
Monday, March 16th, 11:30am – 12:30pm

The Incoterms 2020 session will discuss the recent changes that have been made to Incoterms in the latest version released by the International Chamber of Commerce. You’ll not only learn about these changes and what they might mean for your company, but the session will also focus on how and when to implement the new Incoterms, and important things to watch out for as your company adapts.   The session will also go through each Incoterm, new and old, in depth, so that you fully understand each one before the session ends.  Click here to read Bonnie’s Bio.

 

Registration opens November 1st.
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