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Adrienne Braumiller and Brenda Cordova to speak at Mexican-Canadian Customs Update & Border Compliance Seminar
Nov 12 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CDT

Adrienne Braumiller, Attorney/Partner, Braumiller Law Group – “Latest audits and customs assessments in the U.S.”

Ms. Braumiller will address the latest changes that became effective for Focused Assessments (FA) occurring after October 1, 2014 including:

  • Changes to how CBP preliminary assesses risk
  • Certain process improvements to the FA program such as CBP’s  tailoring the audit  approach to suit the specific circumstances of the importer
  • When CBP may alter the sample size ranges
  • How Stop-and-Go statistical sampling may be used
  • Most importantly, how to navigate these changes for a successful outcome

Brenda Cordova, Attorney, Braumiller Law Group – “Updates on newly implemented Mexican Customs Laws; Article 303

Braumiller Law Group will be in attendance at the NCBFAA Annual Conference in New Orleans
Apr 2 – Apr 6 all-day CDT

Now in its 44th year, the NCBFAA Annual Conference brings together more than 600 of the international trade industry’s top representatives from around the United States. For five days in New Orleans, LA, the nation’s leading customs brokers, freight forwarders, NVOCCs, OTI’s and service providers gather to update themselves on industry developments and to connect with colleagues new and old.  For more information, visit the NCBFAA website.

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.


  • 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:   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.

MAPI Forum USMCA vs NAFTA What Manufacturers Need to Know
Oct 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT

The United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) recently went into effect on July 1, 2020, which ended the twenty-six year reign of NAFTA. While much of the agreement is like NAFTA, it is critical for manufacturers, importers, and exporters to understand the key differences, and how these changes may impact current operations.

During this one-hour webinar, Adrienne Braumiller, Founder & Partner of Braumiller Law Group, and Jennifer Horvath, Partner at Braumiller Law Group, will discuss:

  • Changes to rules of origin with a focus on the industry sectors (automotive, chemicals, rubber & plastics, textile) that are particularly impacted
  • Differences in the process for completing certificates of origin
  • Guidance for sourcing, recordkeeping and accounting, and customs entry processes to comply and prepare for USMCA audits
  • New regulations coming out of Canada and Mexico as a result of USMCA

Adrienne Braumiller, Founder & Partner, Braumiller Law Group

Adrienne Braumiller is the founder of Braumiller Law Group PLLC and Braumiller Consulting Group LLC 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, 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.






Jennifer Horvath, Partner, Braumiller Law Group

Jennifer Horvath advises companies about issues related to import, export and international trade laws, leveraging her extensive corporate regulatory compliance background to provide exceptional analysis of regulatory compliance issues. She has extensive experience in dealing with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Commerce and the Department of State.

She assists companies with a range of international trade issues, including advising Fortune-ranked companies on complex Customs and export issues. Her practice before U.S. Customs and Border Protection includes strategizing voluntary disclosures (prior disclosure), protest filings, application of free trade agreements (NAFTA, U.S. Korea, etc.) and obtaining release of seized merchandise, as well as extensive experience in representing companies with tariff classifications across a wide range of industries. She has assisted companies in preparation and representation with Customs audits and Focused Assessments.





Registration: (click the link below)

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Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT

international traffic in arms regulations


An introduction to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations governing export of defense articles and technical data.

A webinar with Bruce Leeds,
Senior Counsel, Braumiller Law Group

Tuesday, October 20th, 11 AM- Noon CDT

Some major points covered in the webinar:

  • Commodity jurisdiction – what is subject to the ITAR
  • Getting started – registration, fees and empowered officials
  • Important definitions
  • The US Munitions List
  • Types of licenses and agreements
  • Major license exemptions
  • Prior disclosures and penalties

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 at LAX. Bruce then joined Hughes Aircraft Company, where he worked in various positions related to import and export compliance. He went on to Hughes Space & Communications Company and The Boeing Company – all in export and import compliance positions. Bruce served on the Commercial Operations Advisory Committee to CBP and the Private Sector Advisory Group at the World Customs Organization. He holds a customs broker license and is a U.S. Army veteran.

Full Bio:

Bruce H. Leeds

Registration: (click the link below)

Cost: $25

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