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When: Thursday, April 27, 2017
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Where: Best Buy
7601 Penn Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55423
United States

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About the Program

How well are you classifying your products and chemicals? Do you know the consequences for being noncompliant?

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned compliance professional, this seminar is for you.

While, we all try to ensure minimum disruption to our customers supply chain as products move from origin to destination, it can be easy to overlook classification and customs clearance, which, if not done properly, can be time consuming and costly to importers.

Noncompliance with US Customs laws can result in penalties, entry rejection, product destruction, and could potentially damage a company’s or brand’s reputation.
That’s why it’s so important to have a clear understanding and knowledge of the tariff laws and how to properly classify each product.

Andrea Abraham, attorney and author of the Chemical Customs Classification Manual and Mark Wilson, International Trade Compliance Manager at UTC Aerospace Systems will be conducting this seminar. In addition to providing an overview of the classification system, she will cover:

  • How to use the tariff schedule
  • How to apply the GRIs
  • How to best classify challenging areas related to chemicals, supported with a reference-guide presentation to take with you after the seminar
  • Case studies and learn compliance best practices
  • Hands on classification practice – work through a course example or bring your own example to complete during the course

There will also be a hands-on classification exercise. You can work though a course example or bring your own to complete during the course.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who is involved with international business should have a basic knowledge of classification. Customs house brokers, customs compliance professionals, import personnel, export personnel and anyone who needs to understand import should attend this seminar.


8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
10:00 a.m.Break
10:15 a.m. Mark Wilson
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Andrea Abraham
2:15 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. Andrea Abraham
3:00 p.m. Questions & Answers
4:00 p.m. Thank you and Adjourn


Mark Wilson and Andrea Abraham

Mark Wilson

Mark F. Wilson
Mark is an International Trade Compliance (ITC) Technology Manager and Empowered Official under the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) at UTC Aerospace. He has 20+ years of international trade experience in a broad range of topics involving importing, exporting, Incoterms, export licensing, documentary collections and international logistics. Mark is a member of the UTC ITC Harmonized System Classification Council. He is the chair of the UTC Aerospace Harmonized System (HS) council and principle trainer to the subject of HS for UTC.

He earned an Associates in Applied Science in International Trade at St. Paul College and holds a Certification in United States Export Controls through Dunlap-Stone University.

Andrea "Andy" Abraham
Andy is an attorney working in customs and international trade law with the firm of Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury in Connecticut. Andy received her Custom’s broker license in 1997. She is the author of Chemical Customs Classification Manual, A Resource for Navigating Chapters 28 and 29 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule and Polymers and Rubber Customs Classification Manual, A Resource for Understanding Polymers and Rubber in Primary Forms in Chapters 39 and 40 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule.



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


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

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