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4/11/2018
When: Wednesday April 11, 2018
8:30AM - 4:00PM
Where: Smiths Medical
6000 Nathan Lane North
Plymouth, Minnesota  55442
United States
Contact: Amanda McDonald
612-206-7216


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Program

Reporting the correct Harmonized Tariff Schedule classification is a requirement for nearly all import and export transactions. Since the HTS comprises over 3,700 pages, finding the provision that covers particular merchandise can be a daunting task.

Our program will cover the rules for determining the tariff classification for your goods, including:

  • Structure of the HTS
  • General Rules of Interpretation and the Explanatory Notes
  • “Tiebreakers” to decide among competing provisions
  • “Eo nomine” provisions, parts and accessories and common meaning
  • The roles of Customs rulings and judicial review
  • Issues for particular industries (information technology, machinery, motor vehicles)
  • Practical steps for effective classification

Although the North American Free Trade Agreement is being renegotiated, its terms continue to govern trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico. In particular, NAFTA offers duty-free treatment to qualifying goods and “national treatment” (non-discrimination) in a number of areas, including government procurement, investment and cross-border trade in services.

Our program will provide a particular focus on the rules of origin used to determine when a product manufactured in one of the signatory countries qualifies as an originating good under NAFTA. We will cover:

  • “Tariff shift” rules
  • Regional value content
  • The de minimis exclusion
  • Customs procedures for claiming and verifying duty-free claims
  • Preference criteria
  • NAFTA Marking rules

Audience/Who Should Attend?

  • Trade Compliance Professionals
  • Import / Export document Specialists

Learning Objectives

Classification:

  1. Structure of the HTS
  2. General Rules of Interpretation and the Explanatory Notes
  3. “Tiebreakers” to decide among competing provisions
  4. “Eo nomine” provisions, parts and accessories and common meaning
  5. The roles of Customs rulings and judicial review
  6. Issues for particular industries (information technology, machinery, motor vehicles)
  7. Practical steps for effective classification

NAFTA:

  1. “Tariff shift” rules
  2. Regional value content
  3. The de minimis exclusion
  4. Customs procedures for claiming and verifying duty-free claims
  5. Preference criteria
  6. NAFTA Marking rules

Presenters

George W. Thompson — International Trade Attorney, Thompson & Associates, PLLC

My firm represents domestic, foreign, and importing interests in trade remedy cases before the United States Commerce Department and International Trade Commission, as well as in judicial appeals of administrative determinations, and has assisted numerous importers and exporters in evaluating scope coverage of antidumping and countervailing duty orders. My practice further provides representation in all aspects of customs laws and regulations, including classification, country of origin, free trade agreement and tariff preference qualification, valuation, intellectual property, penalty, entry, drawback, cargo security, and foreign customs matters.

I specialize in export and import regulation and international business counseling, to include antidumping, countervailing duty and other trade remedies, Customs compliance, export controls, international sales contracts, and administrative and judicial litigation relating to these matters; advising domestic and foreign corporations in myriad industries, including food and agriculture, automotive, furniture, software, chemicals, electronics, office and telecommunications products, aerospace, and consumer goods.

Also, I represent domestic, foreign and importing interests in trade remedy cases before the United States Commerce Department and International Trade Commission, as well as in judicial appeals of administrative determinations. Assisting numerous importers and exporters in evaluating scope coverage of antidumping and countervailing duty orders. Representation in all aspects of customs laws and regulations, including classification, country of origin, free trade agreement and tariff preference qualification, valuation, intellectual property, penalty, entry, drawback, cargo security, and foreign customs matters. I have represented clients for all manner of product origin matters relating to government procurement, including Buy American Act, Buy America, Trade Agreements Act and Foreign Military Financing issues, as well as for Federal Trade Commission origin labeling requirements. I also provide client counseling on international trade contract and commercial issues.

Additionally, my practice provides a full range of export control representation to exporters and re-exporters of merchandise concerning regulations administered by the Departments of State, Commerce, and Treasury as well as enforcement activities by U.S. Customs. I have assisted companies of various sizes, from Fortune 500 listed to sole proprietorships, to establish, maintain, and review their export compliance with U.S. and foreign government export controls.

I have a Wikipedia entry which you may also read.

Adjunct Professor

George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government I have been an adjunct professor at George Mason since 1995 and I teach courses entitled ABCs of Importing and Exporting, International Contract Negotiation, and Export Controls and Compliance.

Past Experience

Partner/Of Counsel
Washington, DC and New York Based Law Firm I was Partner in a law firm that focused on international trade matters.

Attorney Advisor U.S. International Trade Commission
During my tenure at the USITC, I participated in numerous unfair import investigations and represented the Commission in judicial proceedings throughout the United States. While in the government, I was selected to provide legal assistance to the United States Trade Representative, and represented the United States before the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

Education

  • Cornell University Law School, Juris Doctor 1981
  • State University of New York (Oneonta), Bachelor of Science with High Honors, 1978

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Agenda

Full Day Seminar Program Schedule

7:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Program
10:30 a.m. Break
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Program
2:30 p.m. Break
4:30 p.m. Break

Registration Fees

Member: $120.00
Non-Member: $150.00

 


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