The workshop will provide an overview of law, regulation and border operational processes impacting the importation of commercial goods into, and exportation of such goods from, the United States. It is designed for an EU-based audience with familiarity with general import and export principles, and takes a practical approach to U.S. import/export principles and compliance requirements, including information on recent developments and enforcement priorities under the Trump Administration. The focus is up-to-date information which businesses need to be aware of, in particular EU-based businesses with affiliates or close trading partners in the United States. The program will last a full day, and is intended to be an interactive session with ample time for questions and discussion.
The seminar will cover the following subjects:
Legal underpinnings of U.S. border controls on commercial imports and exports
Roles and responsibilities of Customs and Border Protection and other U.S. federal agencies with authority over cross-border goods movements.
Qualification and registration as a U.S. importer/exporter
Import/Export declaration requirements, roles and responsibilities of the importer/exporter (including role of the customs broker)
Key elements of compliance (accuracy of data in the areas of classification, origin, and valuation under U.S. law and regulation)
Integration of safety and security requirements into the import process
Fines and penalties
Duty deferral, refund and savings programs: transit, FTZ/bonded warehouse, preferential trade arrangements, drawback (including overview of eligibility and compliance requirements)
Voluntary programs: C-TPAT, ISA, Trusted Trader