foreign trade association

Join the FTA for the Summer Importer Boot Camp
2-day Virtual Course for Customs Compliance Personnel
Instructor Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel,Braumiller Law Group
Thursday, August 5th -Friday, August 6th
9 a.m. – noon, PST

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, including Trusted Trader 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 Trusted Trader program
  • Centers of Excellence & Expertise
  • ACE Portal benefits
  • Qualifying (or not) for duty free exemptions and free trade agreements
  • Using TIBs, bonded warehouses, Foreign Trade Zones & drawback- Dumping and Countervailing duties, 232 and 301 duties
  • Dealing with import restrictions and other agency requirements
  • Post entry actions – amendments, protests, claims, tenders and disclosures
  • Recordkeeping requirements and complying with the rules
  • Responding to Customs requests and actions
  • Dealing with liquidated damages, penalties & audits


bruce leeds

Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel, Braumiller Law Group

Bruce 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.

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6 CES Credits

Registration: (click the link below)

Foreign Trade Association – 2 Day Virtual Course Customs Compliance For Import Personnel