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“Trusted Trader” with an Administration that Distrusts Trade
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When: Thursday, September 21, 2017
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Where: Quality Bicycle Products (QBP)
6400 W. 105th Street
Bloomington, Minnesota  55438
United States

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Background of Trusted Trader

In 2014, Customs has designed a trusted trader program to address physical supply chain security, trade compliance, financial compliance, and enforcement. This program would use Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs) to recognize specific, individualized risk assessments and internal controls. It also unifies CTPAT and ISA application processes.

May your Company Ever Be a “Trusted” Trader?

  • In light of Executive Orders, there does not appear to be any laxity of procedural enforcement of current rules and regulations
  • The March 31st Executive Order, asks Commerce, Treasury, USTR, and Homeland Security to “develop and implement strategy and plan for combatting violations of United States trade and Customs laws”
  • Specifically mentioned are enforcement procedures of antidumping and countervailing duties and measure to protect intellectual property (IP) rights

Risk Assessment and Compliance

How at Risk is Your Company from:

  1. Antidumping duty and CVD evasion – Enforce and Protect Act
  2. Violation of IP rights
  3. Misclassification
  4. Valuation Errors
  5. False Origin Claims or Transshipment

Is Your Company Ready to Apply for “Trusted Trade”?

This panel provides a broad overview of the Trusted Trader Program and what it may mean with an Administration that seeks out and condemns violators of Customs rules and regulations.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain insight into current administration tactics and how they align with the Trusted Trader concept
  • Understand areas of focus from a risk assessment and compliance perspective
  • Differentiate levels of participation, validations and incentives

Who Should Attend: Importers, Trade Compliance Professionals, Supply Chain Security and Legal Professionals, International Trade Consultants, and Corporate Counsel


john m peterson

John Peterson — Partner, Neville Peterson LLP

John M. Peterson practices in the areas of international trade and Customs law. He is a graduate of Fordham University and the Fordham University School of Law, from which he received a Juris Doctor Degree in 1977. He regularly represents foreign and domestic clients before the United States Customs Service, the United States International Trade Commission, the United States Department of Commerce, the Federal Maritime Commission, the Foreign Trade Zones Board and the Office of United States Trade Representative, and litigates before the United States Court of International Trade and United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has extensive experience in antidumping and countervailing duty matters, and in related proceedings involving unfair or injurious foreign trade practices. He counsels clients on export control laws, and handles matters involving protection of intellectual property rights in international trade. Mr. Peterson writes regularly for several publications, including The Journal of Commerce and The Exporter, and he lectures on international trade and Customs topics worldwide. He is a member of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association and the Federal Circuit Bar Association. He has served as a United States Panelist in binational dispute resolution proceedings under Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

maria e celis

Maria Celis— Partner, Neville Peterson LLP

Maria E. Celis has worked in Customs and international trade for over 17 years, and is a partner in the New York office of Neville Peterson LLP. She practices in the areas of international trade, Customs, export law, Food and Drug Administration, and other federal regulatory matters. She is admitted to practice before various federal courts, including U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Ms. Celis has been asked to speak before numerous groups regarding trade, including: Cargo Logistics America in San Diego, California; the Mediterranean Anglo- American Business Network (MAABN) in Aix-en Provence and Marseille, France; the Midwest Global Trade Association (MGTA), in Minneapolis, MN; the Xinji Chamber of Commerce in Hebei, China; and the Knowledge Group Webinars on such issues as Exporting and Business Strategies During a Recession, INCOTERMS, Free Trade Agreements, Essential in Commercial Contracts, and Payment Terms in International Commercial Contracts; Revisiting NAFTA; and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.


8:00 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. Program
12:00 p.m./Noon Adjourn

Registration Fees

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


Parking at QBP is limited. If you have the ability to carpool, that is great. All visitors are required to present a photo ID during the check-in process.

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