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Improving your Bottom Line and Maintaining Compliance with Duty Drawback and Trade Agreements
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This presentation provides an overview of the different types of duty drawback, the requirements for filing duty drawback, and how to identify drawback opportunities within your company. It will also provide a brief overview of the upcoming drawback changes in 2018 and ACE drawback filing.

When: November 16, 2017
8:00am - 12:00pm
Where: Navegate Logistics
1300 Mendota Heights Road
Mendota, Minnesota  55120
United States
Contact: Jessica Truhler

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Improving your Bottom Line with Duty Drawback and Trade Agreements

Duty Drawback

Did you know that duty drawback allows companies to recover import duties paid to the government?  Only a small percentage of duty paid by businesses is actually recouped, with the majority being left unclaimed. Many companies simply don’t know that they can receive duty refunds or how to go about it. Companies that import and export may be leaving money on the table that can go straight to their bottom line.

This presentation provides an overview of the different types of duty drawback, the requirements for filing duty drawback, and how to identify drawback opportunities within your company.  It will also provide a brief overview of the upcoming drawback changes in 2018 and ACE drawback filing.

Trade Agreements

Are you fully utilizing free trade agreements (FTAs) and special trade programs (STPs)? What compliance requirements should you be prepared to address? FTA and STPs have the potential to reduce or eliminate your duty and fee payments, but importers must be certain they meet compliance and reasonable care obligations.

This presentation will provide guidance on how to assess the applicability of FTAs / STPs to your company’s import profile. It will also cover compliance topics, including rules of origin, recordkeeping, and verification activities to help validate merchandise qualifies for FTA / STP treatment. Finally, it will cover some burgeoning issues in the FTA / STP space, including the renegotiation of NAFTA and the posture of the Trump administration with regard to trade agreements (is KORUS next?)

Please join us on November 16th

Audience/Who Should Attend?

Import compliance personnel with responsibility for or interest in utilizing duty drawback and/or free trade agreements.

Learning Objectives

  1. Assess duty drawback and trade agreement savings opportunities
  2. Be prepared to manage compliance, including verification audits
  3. Understand forthcoming changes, and potential changes to both drawback and trade agreements


Cheryl Dolinski — Senior Consultant, Livingston International

Cheryl Dolinski has been a licensed Customs Broker since 1999 and has 21 years of experience in US Duty Drawback recovery. This experience includes knowledge for filing refunds on a variety of industries, including automotive, chemical, goods sold at retail and wearing apparel. Before joining the Trade Management Consulting team at Livingston International, Cheryl worked for a large drawback service provider. She was responsible for developing, maintaining and maximizing drawback programs. Other responsibilities included the timely filing of drawback claims, including NAFTA drawback Lesser of Two Duties (LOTD), privilege applications and manufacturing rulings with US Customs. She has successfully filed and won privilege application denial appeals and protests at both the drawback port and HQ level.

Ms. Dolinski contributed to filing $30 million in annual refunds for over 150 clients. She handled the management of several multi-million dollar drawback programs. As such, her role provided the opportunity to perform consulting services to review current drawback programs for additional drawback revenue. She possesses a comprehensive understanding of drawback operations and how to document processes. She has conducted duty drawback webinars and seminars for new and prospective clients as well as part of the preparation for the US Customs Broker exam.

Additionally, Cheryl has the knowledge and skillset to assist in the onboarding of clients who are new to filing duty drawback. She is proficient in guiding clients through the process of filing drawback retroactively and on a go-forward basis. Her understanding of the drawback regulations provides for the know-how to educate clients about key drawback concepts.

Ms. Dolinski holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan. She has been a Certified Customs Specialist since 2007. Currently, she is located in the Southfield, Michigan office.

Leah Ellis — Corporate Compliance Specialist, JAS Forwarding Inc.

Leah Ellis began her carrier in the forwarding industry in 1990. She has worked for various forwarders and Maersk Line and passed the brokers exam in 2008. Leah joined JAS Forwarding USA Inc. in 2008 as the Import Manager. In 2009 she started working part time with the JAS Corporate Compliance team and full time 2011. She also holds the NCBFFA CCS and CES certifications. Leah is the President of the Houston Customhouse Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association since 2014 and she is the Political Action Committee Chairman for NCBFAA.


8:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Program
12:00 p.m. Adjourn

Registration Fees

Member: $50
Non-Member: $60
Student: $10

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