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



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.


  • 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