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Aug
21
Thu
Customs Broker Exam Prep Course – Dallas
Aug 21 – Aug 23 all-day CDT

The Customs Broker Examination will be given October 6th, 2014.  So start preparing now! Join some of your colleagues in a preparation class presented by Braumiller Law Group.   The class will cover all major areas on the test such as Entry Procedures, Marking, Classification, Value, Broker Responsibilities and much more.  Our training is useful even if you don’t take the exam!   Our last brokerage class had an 80% pass rate!

Customs Broker Examination Preparation

When: ThursdaySaturday, August 21st-23rd, 2014
 (3 days)  (Space is limited)

Where: Braumiller Law Group Office  training room
5220 Spring Valley Rd  Suite #200
Dallas, TX 75254
(Spring Valley Rd & the N. Dallas toll road) 

Cost:  $995 per person for complete course – checks & credit cards accepted.
PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&  hosted_button_id=2CSSXGJVNEJ6Y

 

This prep course is approved for 20 CCS Credits

   WilliamSaundersInstructor: William Sanders

William is a gifted lecturer and has extensive knowledge in 19 CFR Import Regulations and has been a Licensed Customs Broker since 2005. He has in-depth knowledge with hands on experience in classification, valuation, entry process, Foreign Trade Zones, prior disclosures, C-TPAT validations, and Free Trade Agreements (NAFTA, SG, US/Korea).  He is a proficient auditor with experience in export/import audits and record-keeping requirements, and has an extensive background in training team members, developing compliance programs, and writing working instructions and corporate policies as it relates to trade compliance.

William has accumulated 15 years of hands on experience in the Electronics High Tech/Manufacturing industry, managing all aspects of Trade Compliance for the Americas’ region. William consults in all areas of Import/Export compliance. He is also very experienced on Customs ACE system, POC for 5 C-TPAT accounts, and electronic export fillings (EEI).  He has served as administrator for the Automated Export System (AES) – in charge of training, filing and record keeping requirements for a fortune 500 company in his role as Regional Trade Compliance Manager.

Apr
15
Wed
Import & Export Basic Training
Apr 15 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm CDT

BLG Score

PRESENT

Import & Export basic training

With Christos Linardakis and William Sanders of Braumiller Law Group PLLC

April 15, 2015, 1:00 – 5:30 CST @ SCORE’s Chicago Office, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60661

  

Christos_Linardakis2  Christos Linardakis is an attorney in our Chicago office. Mr. Linardakis holds two advanced law degrees (LL.M.) in International Trade Law & International Corporate Law. He has served as Global Trade Compliance & International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Empowered Official (EO), as well as a trade regulatory attorney for electronics company, Molex Inc. ($3.7BUSD), a subsidiary of Koch Industries as well as for Compaq Computers, a Fortune 25 Company. In addition, he has served as trade regulatory counsel and Global Trade Compliance director for a Fortune 500 telecommunications company ($2BUSD) and has held various positions for small to medium size export trade companies in the Chicagoland area.

Full bio:  https://www.braumillerlaw.com/bio/christos-linardakis/   

WilliamSaunders Bill Sanders has extensive knowledge in 19 CFR Import Regulations and has been a Licensed Customs Broker since 2005. He has extensive knowledge with hands on experience in classification, valuation, entry process, Foreign Trade Zones, prior disclosures, C-TPAT validations, and Free Trade Agreements (NAFTA, SG, US/Korea).  He is a proficient auditor with experience in export/import audits and record-keeping requirements, and has an extensive background in training team members, developing compliance programs, and writing working instructions and corporate policies as it relates to trade compliance with bottom line savings and transportation impact to supply-chain operations and trade savings.

Full bio: http://www.braumillerconsulting.com/bio/william-sanders/  

     This seminar will cover:

  1. Basic Import requirements to get your business going: shipment & cargo procedures, recordkeeping and invoices, country of origin/NAFTA requirements, HTS classification, and leveraging Free-Trade-Agreements to reduce your import duties and compete internationally.
  2. Meeting U.S. Customs “Reasonable Care” standards to ensure compliance and mitigate penalties; regulatory compliance with Customs Laws.
  3. Basic Export requirements: know your export requirements and compliance with export regulations. Legal framework of exports, recordkeeping, documentation requirements, and classifying your product for “ECCN” designations.
  4. Export risk management, freight forwarder guidance, export compliance, and leveraging Free-Trade-Agreements to promote your exports and increase international sales.
Apr
14
Thu
Christos Linardakis to conduct Live Webinar on Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am CDT

BLG-SBDC

 

Christos Linardakis, Senior Counsel with Braumiller Law Group, PLLC,
will conduct a 1-hour webinar on
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
sponsored by the Small Business Development Center of Illinois


Workshop will cover what importers, transporters, distributors, and producers need to know about complying with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In addition, this webinar will touch on what your overseas suppliers of food products must do, in order to comply with the sale of their products into the U.S.

When
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 10:00-11:00am

Location
This is a live on-line webinar. Instructions on how to join
will be emailed to you prior to the webinar date.

Please click here for additional details.

 

About the Instructor:

Christos_LinardakisChristos Linardakis is an attorney in our Chicago office. Mr. Linardakis holds two advanced law degrees (LL.M.) in International Trade Law & International Corporate Law. He has served as Molex’s, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Global Trade Compliance & ITAR Empowered Official and trade regulatory attorney for the electronics company ($3.7BUSD). He has also served in global trade positions for a Fortune 25 computer technology company ($40BUSD) as well as for a Fortune 500 telecommunications company ($2BUSD). In those positions he established corporate compliance programs for U.S., E.U. and Asian trade laws, as well as ITAR compliance programs, including MLA/TAA for offshore ITAR manufacturing, Foreign Military Sales, as well as instituting compliance operational manuals tailored to specific departmental requirements and Value-Stream Mapping (VSM) for all material and information flow concerning ITAR manufacturing outside the U.S. In addition, he’s held primary roles in all M&A activities including the merger of Compaq Computers with HP, and others. The highlight of his career was when he had the honor of working as co-counsel with former U.S. Ambassador Richard Williamson on a Sudanese Humanitarian case personally petitioning before the Dept. of State for deployment of humanitarian equipment and services to Sudan. 

Read Christos’ full bio here.

Jul
20
Thu
Bruce Leeds to speak at FTA’s Customs Compliance for Import Personnel
Jul 20 – Jul 21 all-day CDT


The Foreign Trade Association Presents:

Customs Compliance
for Import Personnel

Thursday, July 20 & Friday, July 21, 2017

at the
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Headquarters
1919 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501 

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

This 2-Day Compliance Course is conducted by Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel for Braumiller Law Group, PLLC.

Who should attend?:  It is intended for import compliance professionals and management with import compliance responsibilities.

Information covered includes  internal controls, customs broker selection and monitoring, bonds, powers of attorney, managing HTS classifications and assists, post entry claims and compliance issues.  The class also covers participation in Customs initiatives, such as C-TPAT, Importer Self-Assessment, and ACE Portal.

Topics:

  • Establishing & utilizing internal controls
  • Customs broker selection, powers of attorney & broker monitoring
  • Types of entries, customs bonds, paying duty & handling liquidations
  • Determining and declaring a Customs value for a company’s transactions
  • 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
  • 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
  • Post entry  actions-amendments, protests, claims, tenders and disclosures
  • Record keeping requirements and complying with the rules
  • Responding to Customs requests and actions
  • Dealing with liquidated damages & audits

Attendees will earn 12 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.
Pre-registration is required.

Registration: http://foreigntradeassociation.com/event-2475939/Registration   8:45am

Workshop: 9:00am – 4:00pm, each day  (Lunch Served)


About the Instructor:

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 technology.

  • Prior to becoming an attorney, Bruce was an Import Specialist at the U.S. Customs Service in Los Angeles for eight years. During this period, he was promoted to Team Leader and developed significant expertise in working with semi-conductors. 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.

Read Bruce’s full bio here.

Jun
7
Thu
Resource Guide on Trade Actions
Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CDT

Join us for an informative 60 minute webinar on the topic: Resource Guide on Trade Actions

 June 7th, from noon –  1 pm  EDT

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Review Section 201, 232, 301, ADCVD and trade policy updates.

Explore the nuances of trade policy actions in this one hour event. Presenter Adrienne Braumiller, Partner and Founder of Braumiller Law Group, will highlight the resources available to stay on top of such developments. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

Registration: https://www.naftz.org/event/2018-webinar-june7-resource-guide/.

Jul
19
Thu
Customs Compliance for Import Personnel – 2 Day Course
Jul 19 – Jul 20 all-day CDT

Presents:

Customs Compliance for Import Personnel

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

 LOCATION:

American Honda Motor

Company, Inc.

1919 Torrance Blvd.

DATES:

Thursday, July 19, 2018 &  Friday, July 20, 2018

TIME:

Registration: 8:45 AM

Workshop: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Lunch will be served

CREDITS:

12 CCS Provided by NCBFFA

This is a 2-day course intended to cover the subjects and information needed by importer employees responsible for Customs and import compliance. These include internal controls, customs broker selection and monitoring, bonds, powers of attorney, managing HTS classifications and assists, post entry claims and compliance issues. 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
  • Determining and declaring a Customs value for a company’s transactions
  • 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
  • Post entry actions – amendments, protests, claims, tenders and disclosures
  • Record keeping requirements and complying with the rules
  • Responding to Customs requests and actions
  • Dealing with liquidated damages & audits

The Instructor: Bruce Leeds, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group w Group

Before joining Braumiller Law Group, Mr. Leeds was a trade control specialist for Boeing and Senior Import Specialist for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He holds a customs broker license and certified customs specialist
certification.

Full bio: www.braumillerlaw.com/bio/bruce-h-leeds/

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.

May
5
Tue
COVID-19 Regulatory Changes Impacting Importers and Exporters
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CDT

COVID-19 Regulatory Changes Impacting Importers and Exporters

A webinar brought to you by the NCBFAA & Braumiller Law Group
Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has presented unique challenges for the U.S. supply chain and for the U.S. economy as a whole. Front and center is the shortage of critical medical equipment and personal protective equipment (“PPE”), including ventilators, respirators, masks, gloves, swabs and other equipment. Meanwhile, state and local governments across the country have ordered “non-essential” businesses to shutter operations indefinitely. These circumstances have resulted in regulatory changes that affect both U.S. importers and exporters.

This webinar will address some of the recent regulatory actions taken in the wake of COVID-19 that are relevant to importers and exporters, including:

  • Measures to facilitate imports of PPE and other medical equipment. Both the Federal Drug Administration (“FDA”) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) have implemented measures aimed at easing regulatory restrictions and providing tariff relief for importations of PPE and other medical equipment. 
  • Restrictions on exports of PPE. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”), acting in conjunction with CBP, is empowered to detain and purchase certain exports of PPE and medical equipment.
  • Tariff relief for importers experiencing “significant financial hardship.Due to the state and local government mandated lock downs that apply to many importers across the U.S., CBP is authorizing importers to postpone duty payments for 90 days for certain shipments entered between March and April 2020.

 

 

Meet the Presenters:

Devin Sefton, Senior Associate Attorney
Braumiller Law Group

Devin Sefton advises clients on a host of international trade issues, including matters pertaining to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., among other regulatory agencies.

Devin returns to Braumiller Law Group to head up our new Detroit office after having practiced law in Washington, D.C. for several years. He has extensive experience in advising companies, both large and small, on international trade compliance. By leveraging his comprehensive background with both import and export-related matters, Devin has assisted clients in achieving substantial duty savings and mitigating regulatory risks associated with cross-border transactions.  Read Devin’s full bio here.

 

Lowell DeFrance, Of Counsel
Braumiller Law Group

Lowell DeFrance is a creative, detail orientated, licensed customs house broker with over 20 years of experience (since 1994) and international trade attorney (since 2009). Admitted to Practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade.

He is also an experienced branch manager and mentor, sales/marketing representative and client consultant who is very knowledgeable in international trade law, international law, customs law and transportation law. Lowell also has in depth knowledge on regulations and international trade compliance issues including, but not limited to, C-TPAT, AES, USDA, F&W, ACE, ACH, RFL,FDA, ITAR and broker self assessment audits.  Read Lowell’s full bio here.

 

Cost: $25.00 member, $45.00 non-members
To register, please click the image below.

 

 

 

This webinar is approved for
1 CCS/CES/MES credit

Jul
16
Thu
USMCA and the Rubber and Plastics Industries What You Need to Know About Chapters 39 and 40
Jul 16 @ 10:00 pm – 10:15 pm CDT
USMCA and the Rubber and Plastics Industries What You Need to Know About Chapters 39 and 40

An informative webinar brought to you by
Braumiller Law Group, and Braumiller Consulting Group

Presenters are:
Bonnie Kersch, Senior Trade Advisor,
Braumiller Consulting Group, and

Megan Mohler, Associate Attorney,
Braumiller Law Group

This webinar will discuss the steps to take to qualify your product for the USMCA under the new rules spelled out by this agreement. As with the recent BLG USMCA webinars, these presentations will go in-depth on the topics, allowing for Q&A at the end of the presentation.

This webinar will cover:

  • HS Chapters 39 (Plastics) and 40 (Rubber)
  • We will walk through the steps to determine whether a good qualifies for USMCA Including:
  • Preference Criterion
  • The new “7 Rules”
  • Product-specific Rules of Origin
  • De Minimis and other Valuation ways to qualify

Care to ask a question in advance of the webinar so it may be (possibly) included within the presentation?