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When: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Ewald Conference Center
1000 Westgate Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota  55114
United States

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Help! My shipment is being held at customs and I thought my broker was going to take care of it all. Now, I am behind shipping products to my customers and losing sales.

US Regulations are constantly changing… are you up-to-date with the changes? Do you know what your requirements are as an Importer? Come join us to learn the key elements of importing, classification, documentations, transportation, country of origin and record keeping and become a better importer.


  • An overview of import process
  • Classification and import duties
  • Documentation
  • Country of origin
  • Transportation

Who Should Attend?

  • Importer
  • Exporter
  • Classification professional
  • Freight forwarders/Customs brokers
  • Consultants
  • Attorneys


8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 Welcome and Introductions
10:00 Break
10:15 Speaker
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Speaker
2:15 Break
2:30 Questions & Answers
3:00 Network
3:30 Adjourn


Laurie Arnold, CCS,CES,LCB, Regulatory Compliance Officer

Laurie has been a licensed broker since 1993, a certified customs specialist since 2008, and export specialist since 2011 and regulatory service officer since 2012. She has been involved in the Atlanta International Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association since 2008, most recently holding titles of President and Chairman of the Board. Laurie has been involved in the Government Affairs Coordinator for the State of Georgia. Her dedication and extensive knowledge on Customs Compliance has made her an exceptional resource for both customers and other brokers

Amanda McDonald, Banner Engineering

Amanda is an Import Compliance specialist at Banner Engineering. Her experience over the past several years has included domestic and international agriculture shipments, Letters of Credit, Refrigerated rail & ocean transportation, over dimensional ocean and truck loads, imports and exports management.

In her current role she manages and oversees all Import processes, work with suppliers to set up documentation procedures, monitor all incoming freight and review freight costs.

KPMG LLP’s Trade & Customs (T&C) Services practice helps multinational companies achieve a global edge by helping them implement import and export operations that keep costs down, maintain strategic and competitive advantages, and help ensure compliance with local regulations associated with import-export operations. KPMG’s T&C Services professionals have extensive experience working with U.S. companies and their subsidiaries and interacting with global customs officials on various trade programs.

KPMG’s T&C Services team includes:

  • Former U.S. Customs and Border Protection import specialists and field auditors
  • Former Bureau of Industry and Security personnel
  • Customs brokers
  • Professionals with advanced degrees in business and economics
  • Experienced technology, transportation, and logistics professionals

KPMG’s T&C Services practice is a member and gold sponsor of the MGTA. Further information is available at



Before Early Bird: $100
After Early Bird: $125
Student $35


Before Early Bird: $165
After Early Bird: $190
Student: $35

Early bird rates end on 3/6/2017.

Cancellation Policy: With written cancellation notice, received at least 1 week prior to the event, you will receive a full refund, minus a $10 administrative fee. No-shows will not receive refunds.

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