World Trader | January and February 2018

Midwest Global Trade Association

From the President

Upcoming Events

Sayonara, Sudan Sanctions

Spotlight: Silver

Spotlight: Bronze

Thank You, Newsletter Sponsor: Port of Seattle

From the President

By Amanda McDonald — MGTA President

Anna Outtara

2017 in review
As our year comes to a close, I wish you and your families the warmest of wishes for this Holiday Season. I always find the end of year bitter sweet as I reflect on the last year. I look at what I have accomplish as well as what I wish I could have done better. This year, I reflect not only on my personal goals – also those of the MGTA.

The Midwest Global Trade Association supports the global trade community through professional development, networking, and industry resources. Our political and trade climate is changing drastically every day - the role of MGTA in the profession is as important as ever. In the past year, the trade community has seen the following:

  1. European Union is still dealing with impact o of the Brexit vote
  2. United States pulling out of the Trans Pacific Partnership
  3. Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement
  4. Uncertainty over Cuban sanctions
  5. Sanctions with Iran and Russia
  6. Questions about US/China trade relations
  7. Cybersecurity concerns

Into 2018
We are still looking for applicants for the board of directors. If you are interested, please reach out and let me know. I will gladly answer any questions you have and provide you with the application document.

We are also looking for applicants for importer/exporter of the year. For this award, we are looking for a company that has exported or imported product successfully. This is a vague description because it could be many different things. Maybe your company was just C-TPAT certified, or ISA certified. Maybe your company just started exporting controlled products using licenses through SNAP-R. It can be anything that you feel makes your company “competitive” and “advanced” in today’s trading market. Consider nominating your company, or someone else’s.

I hope to see you all at our Annual meeting on February 15 at the Metropolitan.

Have you considered becoming a sponsor? In 2017 we rewrote our sponsorship benefits to include several amazing benefits including hosting a seminar topic YOU CHOOSE! Your topic – MGTA plans it! What could be better?

Highlights for the upcoming Year!!

During the first quarter of 2018 we have some amazing seminars planned.

Here are some of the classes we have planned for 2018:

  1. January we will be talking about ADD/CVD and learning about new ACE reporting capabilities.
  2. February will be about everyone’s favorite topic – Sanctions.
  3. March we bring back our Imports 101 with a twist (watch for some more details on this one — you don’t want to miss this)
  4. April will be NAFTA and Classification for more advanced Importers & Exporters.

If you have any ideas on future classes please do not be afraid to ask. I look forward to working with you in 2018.

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Upcoming Events

Anti-Dumping & Countervailing Duties - ACE Reporting

  • Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Smiths Medical, 6000 Nathan Lane North, Plymouth, MN 55442
  • Registration


7:30 am    Registration
8:30 am    Program
10:30 am  Break
12:00 pm  Lunch
1:30 pm    Program
2:30 am    Break
4:00 pm    Adjourn


With everything from Aluminum extrusions to potpourri antidumping and countervailing duties can be complicated. Come hear from an expert in the field on how to navigate the ins and outs of the AD / CVD regulations and keep your company compliant. Also – learn how to run reports out of the new ACE universe. Include things like liquidation date, breakdown by 2 digit HTS code and more!

Audience/Who Should Attend?

*Trade compliance 
*Legal & Accounting

Learning Objectives


  1. Understand the how to interpret the antidumping and countervailing duty rulings
  2. How to identify what products fall under ADD/CVD Scope
  3. Determine the correct exporter and rate for cases involving China


  1. What does the new ACE Universe offer you7


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

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.

Deb Boie — Customs Compliance Manager, LCHB, CCS, CH Robinson Company

Deb Boie is an experienced Corporate Customs Compliance Manager and project lead with experience ranging from the defense and manufacturing industries to the global trade of fresh produce. Deb has in-depth export and import trade knowledge in a wide array of compliance disciplines. Deb is currently working for C.H. Robinson where she held a consultative position in the Corporate Customs team, further exposing her to industries and complex projects including disclosures, antidumping scope rulings, mock audits, crafting executable compliance manuals, NAFTA qualifications and automotive classification. Deb most recently took on a new role within C.H. Robinson as the lead compliance manager for their fresh produce division known as Robinson Fresh. In addition to global responsibility for worldwide Robinson Fresh trade compliance Deb is serving as an internal expert as part of the corporate Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) cross-functional rollout team, responsible for the implementation and training of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (“FSVP”) rule. Deb is Licensed Customs Broker, holds an Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies and a Masters Certificate in Government Contracting from George Washington University School of Business. In her spare time Deb enjoys family, friends, travel and scuba diving, the art of quilt making and summer camping trips.

Registration Fees

Member: $120
Non-Member: $150

2018 Annual Meeting & Dinner

  • Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
  • Time: 5:15 p.m to 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Metropolitan Ballroom & Clubroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416
  • Registration


MGTA Member: $50
Non-member: $75
Full Time Student: $10
Annual Meeting Sponsor: $250

MGTA is collecting Door Prize donations for the MGTA Annual Meeting this February. Please be sure to indicate on your registration form if you would like to donate something. The MGTA Office will reach out closer to the event to determine what you are donating and confirm when it will be delivered.

MGTA is seeking MGTA Annual Meeting Sponsors this year. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring the Annual Meeting please indicate this on the registration form. The sponsorship fee is only $250 and goes to helping put on this wonderful event and keeping costs low!

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Sayonara, Sudan Sanctions

By George Thompson

After a three-month postponement (discussed here), the United States sanctions against Sudan have finally been revoked. The State Department recently determined that the Sudanese government “has sustained the positive actions that gave rise to” Executive Order 13761, the initial step toward revocation in January 2017. That EO terminated the two previous ones under which the sanctions had been imposed. Upon EO 13761’s issuance, the Office of Foreign Assets Control published a General License authorizing most previously-prohibited transactions with Sudan.

The revocation was to be effective six months afterward, as long as State issued a positive finding regarding Sudanese actions. That deadline was extended by three months to give more time for review. Now that State’s determination has been made, the revocation is final under the terms of EO 13761. OFAC simultaneously removed from the Specially Designated Nationals List those parties that had been designated under the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations.

There is one area where OFAC-administered restrictions continue, however. Since Sudan’s status as a “State Sponsor of Terrorism” remains unchanged, the country is subject to license requirements for exports and reexports of agricultural items, medicine and medical devices as required by the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. OFAC has issued a General License authorizing those transactions “provided that the exports and reexports are shipped within the 12-month period beginning on the date of the signing of the contract for export or reexport.”

While Sudan remains subject to Commerce Department license requirements for pretty much everything on the Commerce Control List, the all-encompassing OFAC sanctions are now a thing of the past.

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Spotlight: - Silver


SBS Group of Companies is a St. Paul based freight forwarder, warehouse and transportation company that services both customers in the Midwest and nationwide. It started in 1994 with domestic airfreight and transportation only. As SBS customers started to reach out more globally so did the company as it extended to the international market. In 1997 Superior Brokerage Services was created to provide end to end supply chain solutions for its customers. Today the company has expanded to 12 facilities throughout the United States, 20 facilities worldwide and nearly 100 agent office relationships throughout the world. SBS has 1.2 million square feet of warehouse space in the United States and assist based truckers in the Twin Cities and Chicago. SBS handles customers of all sizes but has developed a knack with the manufacture industry.

Two things that sets SBS apart from many of the other logistics companies is there push on technology, staying ahead of their customers wants and needs. Putting together and maintaining a very robust tracking and tracing system, customer specific reporting and various mobile devices. Also their desire to provide add value services to all levels of their customer base. Many times SBS provides solutions for their customers’ needs and continues to grow their business this way. At the core of SBS’s model is customer service, this has been something that has been around from the start and continues to be a driving factory for the company today. SBS likes to tell their customers “We grow with our customers, not from them”.

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Spotlight: - Bronze


We are a consulting firm that supports your import and export trade compliance. Whether you’re seeking to build a new trade compliance program, assess your existing one, or just need a new set of eyes to quickly validate your programs’ capabilities, we can help. We provide experienced trade consultants to augment your staff to support key trade processes, as well as consulting and implementation on enterprise third party trade solutions. Working collaboratively with you and your team, we can help you create a cost-efficient, effective compliance program that reaps the benefits of international trade while avoiding its pitfalls.

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Do you know an MGTA member who was recently promoted or hired to an import/export company? Do you know of a member who recently got married or had a new addition to the family? Share the good news with your industry colleagues.

Thank You, 2017 Annual Sponsors!

Bremer Bank


Neville Peterson, LLP

Drinker, Biddle, and Reath


SBS Group of Companies

Cassidy Levy Kent

Chase/JP Morgan Logo

Global Training Center

Cassidy Levy Kent

Bennett Jones