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Compliance & Minimizing Duty Exposure – How Can Importers Achieve Both?
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When: Thursday, April 25, 2019
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Quality Bicycle Products
6400 W. 105th St.
Bloomington, Minnesota  55438
United States
Contact: Bonnie Eldridge

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Program Description:

This program focuses on core areas of customs compliance (tariff classification, valuation, country of origin, etc.) in a period where U.S. imports are being subjected to a broad array of international trade policy measures (initiated by the Executive Branch) which result in additional duty exposure, whether by Section 232 (National Security), Section 301 (Unfair Trade Practices), Section 201 (Safeguards) and AD/CVD (Antidumping and Countervailing Duty) Investigations.

Who Should Attend:

Internal and external compliance professionals, business leaders and managers responsible for analyzing and deciding supply chain issues including where to source product as well as maintaining compliance with relevant import and export regulatory requirements.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the difference between normal duties (at MFN-most favored nation rates), AD/CVD duties, duties imposed by application of measures invoked by Executive Branch including Section 232, Section 301 and Section 201.
  2. Understanding compliance when AD/CVD duties are implicated; how they can be avoided; and what tools are at the importer’s disposal to manage compliance and minimize duty exposure when AD/CVD’s are implicated.
  3. Identify potential legal courses of action (tariff classification, valuation, transferring certain manufacturing operations to other countries) that importers can follow to mitigate and in some cases avoid AD/CVD, 232, 301 and 201 duties altogether.
  4. Recognize and understand U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s factual and legal analysis of “substantial transformation.” Understand how CBP’s approach to analyzing country of origin and substantial transformation issues is subject to change, depending upon the circumstances.


11:30am - 12:30pm Registration/lunch/networking
12:30pm Program begin
4:00pm Adjourn


David P. Sanders, Partner— Cassidy Levy Kent (USA) LLP

David Sanders is a partner in Cassidy Levy Kent’s Washington, DC office. With over 29 years of experience in customs and international trade matters, he counsels and represents U.S. importers on all substantive import regulatory issues handled by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Homeland Security Investigations, including tariff classification, valuation, special program qualification, IP protection, country of origin marking and other agency compliance, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), among others. He represents clients before U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in a wide range of proceedings from ruling requests and appeals of agency actions, to audits, focused assessments, NAFTA verifications, prior disclosures, investigations, detentions, seizures and civil and criminal penalty cases. He also represents clients before the U.S. Department of Commerce in AD/CVD matters, including scope challenges. Recently, with the implementation of Section 232 and Section 301 measures on imports, and the imposition of additional 10% and 25% duties, Sanders counsels clients on strategies to minimize duty risks associated with these measures. He also represents clients in litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and assists clients in developing, implementing and documenting import and export compliance programs adapted to their international business operations. He received his J.D from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Registration Fees

Members: 75
Non-Members: 100
Students: 15

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