Events

Jan
28
Tue
Personal Liability in Trade Compliance @ Spring Creek Barbeque
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Personal Liability in Trade Compliance

WHEN:
January 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm CST
WHERE:
Spring Creek Barbeque
315 State Highway 114-W
Grapevine
TX 76051
COST:
Free
CONTACT:
Lila Landis, LCB CUSECO
682.610.6871

The Dallas Ft. Worth area ICPA Data Group is kicking off 2020 with an informational meeting of the minds.

Alexandra Lopez-Casero, Partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, and Paul Fudacz, Partner at Braumiller Law Group PLLC, will present on Personal Liability in Trade Compliance.

Alexandra and Paul will discuss how personal liability can be attributed to corporate compliance professionals and what you can do to protect yourself.

As always, please bring your questions to make this an interactive and engaging session.

Tuesday, January 28th, 6 PM – 8 PM
Spring Creek Barbeque
315 State Highway 114-W
Grapevine, Texas 76051
https://springcreekbarbeque.com/locations/

We have the banquet room reserved from 6:00 – 8:00PM.

Trade talk, and Texas barbecue
What better way to kick off 2020!!!


Meet the Presenters: 

Paul Fudacz, Partner
Braumiller Law Group PLLC

Paul Fudacz, a Partner with Braumiller Law Group, has nearly 30 years of experience in International Trade law.  He specializes in customs and import regulatory issues, export controls and licensing, legal audits, supply chain security initiatives and establishing and managing comprehensive regulatory compliance programs.  Paul has special expertise in the areas of HTS classification, anti-dumping and countervailing duties, customs valuation, customs seizures, bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, ACS Reconciliation, C-TPAT, Customs and FTC marking and ISA certification requirements. He also has considerable experience with EAR, ITAR, OFAC, and anti-boycott compliance.  Read Paul’s full bio here.

Alexandra Lopez-Casero, Partner
Nixon Peabody LLP

Alexandra López-Casero represents U.S. and non-U.S. companies on a wide range of international trade-related issues. She serves as principal outside international trade counsel to a number of U.S. and non U.S.-based companies, ranging from start-ups to multinationals, that develop, produce and export a wide range of products, including defense technology, industrial products, chemicals, electronic products, software, life science products, medical devices, pharmaceutical products and equipment, aerospace technology, and consumer products. She concentrates her practice on export controls, economic sanctions, and national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Read Alexandra’s full bio here.

For additional details or to RSVP, please contact:

Lila Landis, LCB CUSECO®
Manager, F-35 Integration
Global Transportation
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Office: 682-610-6871
Mobile: 817-647-0710
Lila.A.Landis@lmco.com

We hope to see you there!

 

Feb
12
Wed
5th Annual Advanced Topics in Customs Compliance Conference 2020 @ Omni Hotel Galleria
Feb 12 – Feb 14 all-day

A Leader in International Trade Law

Global Trade Law Specialists. Successfully meeting the complex challenges of global trade compliance requires a smart strategy. For leading companies worldwide, that strategy is a partnership with Braumiller Law Group.

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Why Braumiller Law Group?

We support companies involved in import/export with a unique set of skills:

Why we’re different

Adrienne Braumiller, Partner & Founder of Braumiller Law Group, is ranked in both the USA and Global Chambers & Partners 2015-2020.

Chambers has been ranking the best lawyers since 1990, and covers 185 jurisdictions. No other organization has the strength-in-depth of Chambers editorial and research team when it comes to assessing the world’s best lawyers.

Chambers ranks both lawyers and law firms based on the research of more than 170 full-time editors and researchers employed at their head office in London. They speak with both lawyers and clients during the year, conducting in-depth telephone interviews in order to draw their conclusion as to who they feel is qualified to be ranked.

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Adrienne Braumiller, Founder

Your partner in International Trade Law

Working with our highly experienced ITAR attorneys and trade advisors will provide a distinct advantage with bottom-line impact.

We offer legal and consulting services in the following areas:

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Mar
10
Tue
The 19th Annual “Partnering for Compliance” East – Export Control Training & Education Program
Mar 10 – Mar 12 all-day

The 19th Annual “Partnering for Compliance™” East

With the participation of the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Treasury-OFAC, Census Bureau, UK/EU Export Controls, USMCA, Imports & U.S. Trade

presents

Export Control Training & Education Program
March 10th-12th, 2020

Holiday Inn Orlando Airport Hotel
5750 T.G. Lee Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32822
Tel: (407) 851-6400
Reservations: (866) 253-2182


The collegial & interactive will focus on a broad spectrum of export/import regulatory & compliance matters of current relevance.  Senior level government speakers will provide solid & recent updates on U.S. initiatives & policies regarding export control licensing/enforcement.  An extensive Q & A will follow the session.

Braumiller Law Group’s Adrienne Braumiller, Founder & Partner and Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel, will be speaking on the topic of ‘Overview and Impact of the Tariff War With China-Section 301 & 232′ on Wednesday, March 11th at 4PM-5PM with a Q&A session to follow.

To register for this event, please click the image below:

For more information or to view the agenda, please click here:

An official Certificate of Completion outlining our 4.5 IIEI CEUs and 20 CES NCBFAA Credits for the 3-day Exports program will be issued upon completion of the event.


Meet the Speakers:

Adrienne Braumiller, Founder & Partner

Adrienne Braumiller is the founder of Braumiller Law Group PLLC and an innovative force in the international trade law arena. With more than 25 years of experience, she is widely recognized as a leading authority in Customs, import, export, foreign-trade zones, free trade agreements and ITAR compliance.  has been involved in every aspect of import and export compliance, from developing compliance programs to conducting audits and assessments, representing clients who are under investigation, preparing and submitting voluntary disclosures, preparing and filing classification requests and  licenses,  analyzing  whether  specific  transactions  should  be  pursued,  providing tailored training on specific import/export topics, addressing penalty assessments, and serving as an expert witness in a number of trade cases.  Read Adrienne’s full bio here.

Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel

Bruce has decades of experience in international trade law and has successfully served his clients in diverse capacities, from classification and due diligence, to ITAR compliance and drawback. He has significant expertise with importing and exporting high tech products.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Bruce was an Import Specialist at the U.S. Customs Service in Los Angeles for seven years. During this period, he was promoted to Team Leader and developed significant expertise in working with imports of semiconductors and watches. Bruce then joined Hughes Aircraft Company, where he worked in various positions related to import and export compliance. In this role, he managed export/import documentation, compliance and license functions, and directly supervised as many as 27 employees. He was also responsible for establishing policies and procedures, conducting compliance investigations, and assisting subsidiaries in several states with export/import issues. Bruce is also a U.S. Army veteran. Read Bruce’s full bio here.

 

For questions regarding this 3-day program, please contact Ailish M. NicPhaidin, MPRII – President & CEO of Partnerships International, Inc. at (321) 952-2978 or via email at: Ailish@PartneringForCompliance.org.

 

May
5
Tue
COVID-19 Regulatory Changes Impacting Importers and Exporters @ Online Webinar
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

COVID-19 Regulatory Changes Impacting Importers and Exporters

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has presented unique challenges for the U.S. supply chain, and for the U.S. economy as a whole. Front and center is the shortage of critical medical equipment and personal protective equipment (“PPE”), including ventilators, respirators, masks, gloves, swabs and other related equipment. Meanwhile, state and local governments across the country have ordered “non-essential” businesses to shutter operations indefinitely. These circumstances have resulted in regulatory changes that affect both U.S. importers and exporters, which we categorize as follows:

  1. Measures to facilitate imports of PPE and other medical equipment. Both the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) have implemented measures aimed at easing regulatory restrictions and providing tariff relief for imports of PPE and other medical equipment.
  2. Restrictions on exports of PPE. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”), acting in conjunction with CBP, is empowered to detain and purchase certain exports of PPE. However, certain exports qualify for exemptions from these restrictions.
  3. Tariff relief for importers experiencing “significant financial hardship.” Due to state and local government-mandated lockdowns impacting many importers across the U.S., CBP is authorizing importers to postpone duty payments for 90 days for certain shipments entered between March and April 2020.

We provide below further discussion of each of the COVID-19-related measures referenced above.

1.  Measures to Facilitate Imports of PPE and other Medical Equipment

A.  FDA: Emergency Use Authorizations and other Measures

In the past few months, the FDA has used certain emergency measures to ease regulatory burdens on importations of PPE and other medical equipment, including issuing Emergency Use Authorizations (“EUA”) and easing enforcement of FDA requirements.

To put these emergency measures into context, it’s helpful to understand how the FDA typically regulates PPE. Under FDA regulations, PPE, such as face masks, face shields, and respirators are regulated as “medical devices” when they are intended for a medical purpose, such as prevention of infectious disease transmission (including uses related to COVID-19).  A “medical device” is defined to include any device intended for use “in the cure, mitigation, or prevention of disease” in humans. The FDA considers a number of factors in determining whether an item is a “medical device,” including, whether:

  • They are labeled or otherwise intended for use by a health care professional (“HCP”);
  • They are labeled or otherwise for use in a health care facility or environment; and
  • They include any drugs, biologics, or anti-microbial/anti-viral agents.

Generally, FDA-regulated PPE must meet the FDA’s registration and listing requirements and may also require submission of premarket notices (510 (k)), depending on the category of PPE in question.  FDA-regulated PPE can generally be categorized as follows:

  • Respirators, which are designed to cover the whole nose and mouth and protect both the user and patient from pathogens.
  • Surgical masks, which cover the nose and are primarily designed to protect the patient; and
  • Everything else, including face shields, gowns, surgical suits, and gloves, which are designed to protect the user.

Depending on the “medical device” “Class” in question, the manufacturer or importer must register and list the “medical device” and/or submit a premarket notice (often referred to as a “510 (K)”). To register and list a device, the manufacturer pays a fee and agrees to follow certain FDA requirements, including monitoring device distribution and reporting injuries caused by the device. Meanwhile, submission of a premarket notice requires submitting an application along with documentation demonstrating that the device meets certain regulatory standards.

Respirators and surgical masks are Class II “medical devices,” which means that these items generally require a manufacturer’s registration and listing, as well as submission of a premarket notice. The remaining PPE are Class I “medical devices,” which generally require registration and listing, but not premarket notices. However, due to the ongoing shortage of PPE in the U.S., the FDA has taken steps towards temporarily easing these requirements. In the case of respirators, the FDA has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (“EUAs”), with differing requirements depending on whether the respirators are approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (“NIOSH”). NIOSH-approved respirators can be imported under the EUA, provided they meet certain labeling and use instructions. Meanwhile non-NIOSH masks can be imported under the EUA if the masks have marketing authorization by another country. The approving country must be among the countries that allow the FDA to verify the approval. However, to use this EUA, the manufacturer must email the FDA and request approval along with proof of the foreign marketing authorization. Once the FDA lists the manufacturer on “Appendix A” the masks may be imported under the EUA.

While surgical masks do not have an associated EUA, the FDA has used its enforcement discretion to facilitate imports of these items. Namely, the FDA has established temporarily product codes for surgical masks that allow these items to be imported without registration and listing. Alternatively, surgical masks can be imported under the correct product code, while only meeting the registration and listing requirement. Finally, like surgical masks, there is no EUA for all other PPE, but these items can be imported under the correct product code without meeting registration or listing requirements.

We recommend that importers of PPE ensure that products are properly registered with the FDA.  For example, we have seen instances where manufacturers have registered surgical masks as scavenger masks, which are designed to cover the nose and deliver anesthesia. This error would also represent a violation of the FDA’s prohibition on misbranding. We further recommend that importers that take advantage of the FDA’s temporary measures also consider simultaneously following the processes for premarket notification (where applicable) and registration and listing. This would entail, among other things, obtaining any required testing and/or certifications. Following these procedures will ensure that the PPE can continue being imported once the FDA suspends the temporary emergency measures.

B.  CBP: Section 301 Exclusions, COVID-19 Cargo Resolution Team, and Informational Resources

 Like the FDA, CBP and the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) have taken measures to facilitate imports of PPE and other medical equipment, including issuing exclusions from Section 301 for certain critical equipment and establishing the COVID-19 Cargo Resolution Team (“CCRT”). CBP has also published certain helpful informational resources to assist importers of PPE.

Section 301 Exclusions for PPE and Other Equipment. The USTR has issued a number of exclusions from Section 301 tariffs that cover a broad range of PPE and other medical supplies, including items such as soap, gloves, disinfectant wipes, masks, gowns, and other items (See 85 FR 13970 (Mar. 10, 2020); 85 FR 15051 (Mar. 16, 2020); and 85 FR 15244(Mar. 17, 2020)). Furthermore, USTR is soliciting comments from interested parties on other potential exclusions in light of COVID-19 (See 85 FR 16988 (Mar. 25, 2020). Namely, USTR has requested comments on products that are “needed to respond to the COVID–19 outbreak.” Thus, importers of PPE or other items that are used in a health care setting or that otherwise have a nexus to efforts to combat COVID-19, should consider submitting comments to USTR. Comments are due by June 25, 2020, but this period may be extended by USTR as needed.

COVID-19 Cargo Resolution Team. In an effort to coordinate inquiries regarding the import of PPE and other medical supplies, CBP’s Pharmaceuticals, Health and Chemical Center of Excellence and Expertise has established the CCRT, which is described as “a multidisciplinary team to triage incoming inquires, coordinate with affected ports, and respond directly as appropriate.” Importers of PPE and other medical supplies that experience delays at the ports, or that have other inquiries, can contact the CCRT at COVID19_RELIEF_IMPORTS@cbp.dhs.gov.  To better assist CBP in responding to requests and/or inquiries, CBP recommends providing as much data about the shipment as possible, including information on the shipment (e.g., manifest or air waybill number), conveyance information, cargo description, country of origin and export, and parties involved.

Informational Resources for Importers. In order to streamline communications and support the trade community, CBP launched the CBP COVID-19 Updates and Announcements webpage specifically dedicated to the most recent trade-related information and messaging on the impacts of COVID-19. Information found on the webpage includes Federal Register Notices and Cargo Systems Messaging Service (“CSMS”) communications related to COVID-19, as well as updates and announcements in trade programs and cargo security. CBP has published a particularly helpful reference guide that provides the tariff code for a number of critical supplies, such as COVID-19 test kits, masks, face shields, gloves, thermometers, disinfectants, sterilizers, and ventilators, among other items.

2.  Restrictions on Exports of PPE

On April 3, 2020, the President directed the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), acting through FEMA, to “allocate to domestic use…the following scarce or threatened materials:”

  • N-95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators, including devices that are disposable half-face-piece non-powered air-purifying particulate respirators intended for use to cover the nose and mouth of the wearer to help reduce wearer exposure to pathogenic biological airborne particulates;
  • Other Filtering Facepiece Respirators (g.,those designated as N99, N100, R95, R99, R100, or P95, P99, P100), including single-use, disposable half-mask respiratory protective devices that cover the user’s airway (nose and mouth) and offer protection from particulate materials at an N95 filtration efficiency level;
  • Elastomeric, air-purifying respirators and appropriate particulate filters/cartridges;
  • PPE surgical masks, including masks that cover the user’s nose and mouth and provide a physical barrier to fluids and particulate materials; and
  • PPE gloves or surgical gloves, including those defined at 21 CFR 880.6250 (exam gloves) and 878.4460 (surgical gloves) and such gloves intended for the same purposes.

FEMA has since published a Temporary Final Rule and subsequent notice in the Federal Register on April 10 and April 17 that implements the allocation order. Under FEMA’s rules, CBP must temporarily detain any export shipment of covered PPE and notify FEMA of the intended export. FEMA will then proceed to either:

  • Purchase part or all of the shipment, using a “rated order” pursuant to the Defense Production Act (“DPA”);
  • Return all or part of the shipment for distribution in the domestic supply chain; or
  • Allow all or part of the shipment to proceed as planned for export.

If FEMA chooses to purchase the shipment, using a “rated order,” the supplier must prioritize FEMA’s order over any other “unrated” orders. In effect, this means that the supplier must sell the goods to FEMA unless the goods are being shipped pursuant to an order with a higher priority rating or it qualifies for an exemption enumerated in FEMA’s Temporary Final Rule or subsequent notice.

Among the exemptions to FEMA’s allocation order, which allow for shipments to be exported automatically, are the following:

  • Shipments made by or on behalf of U.S. manufacturers with continuous export agreements with customers in other countries since at least January 1, 2020, so long as at least 80 percent of such manufacturer’s domestic production of covered materials, on a per item basis, was distributed in the United States in the preceding 12 months.
  • Exports of covered materials by non-profit or non-governmental organizations that are solely for donation to foreign charities or governments for free distribution (not sale) at their destination(s).
  • Intracompany transfers of covered materials by U.S. companies from domestic facilities to company-owned or affiliated foreign facilities.
  • Shipments of covered materials that are exported solely for assembly in medical kits and diagnostic testing kits destined for U.S. sale and delivery.
  • In-Transit Merchandise: shipments in transit through the United States with a foreign shipper and consignee, including shipments temporarily entered into a warehouse or temporarily admitted to a foreign trade zone.
  • Shipments for which the final destination is Canada or Mexico.

For most of the exemptions above, the exporter must submit a letter of attestation (“LOA”) with the shipping information submitted via the Automated Export System (“AES”) (for shipments to Canada, the LOA can alternatively be provided to the carrier and presented to CBP upon request). FEMA recommends that the LOA include a description of the merchandise, the exemption claimed, why the shipment qualifies for the exemption, and the expected end use of the merchandise.  The LOA must also include “[a] statement confirming that the provided information is true and accurate to the best of the exporter’s knowledge, and that the exporter is aware that false information is subject to prosecution under the DPA, as described in the allocation order.”

There are a number of additional exemptions that do not require submission of a LOA, including among other things, shipments to U.S. territories, certain diplomatic shipments from foreign embassies and consulates, and shipments by or on behalf of the U.S. Federal Government.

3. Tariff Relief for Importers Experiencing “Significant Financial Hardship”

On April 20, 2020, CBP established a program that allows importers experiencing “significant financial hardship” to postpone the payment of duties, taxes, and fees for entries made in March or April 2020.  Under the program, duties, taxes, and fees on eligible merchandise can be postponed for up to 90 days from the date that the deposit on such entries would otherwise have been due.  An importer is deemed to be experiencing “significant financial hardship” if:

  • The importer’s operations are fully or partially suspended during March or April 2020 due to orders from a competent governmental authority limiting commerce, travel, or group meetings due to COVID-19; and
  • As a result of such suspension, the importer’s gross receipts for March 13-31, 2020 or April 2020 are less than 60 percent of the gross receipts for the comparable period in 2019.

Importers are not required to submit an application to CBP in order to postpone payments on eligible entries. However, importers that postpone payment under the program must maintain and be prepared to provide CBP with records demonstrating that the importer qualifies for relief.

Certain entries are not eligible for relief under the program, including entries that include any merchandise subject to antidumping/countervailing duties or Section 232, 201, or 301 tariffs (unless an exclusion applies).

In effect, importers that make duty payments on a transaction-by-transaction basis (i.e., daily) can continue to obtain relief for entries through April 30, 2020. Meanwhile, importers that pay on a monthly basis through periodic monthly statements (“PMS”) may postpone duty payments for up to three months, as defined by the 15th working day of the third month.  Thus, for the next PMS, due May 21, 2020, payments on eligible entries can be postponed until August 21, 2020.

4. Please Join us for our Webinar: COVID-19 Regulatory Changes Impacting Importers and Exporters

Given the fluid situation with respect to COVID-19 and the availability of PPE, importers should closely monitor for any announcements or updates from the FDA and CBP. We further recommend that PPE exporters be familiar with the five categories of merchandise covered by FEMA’s allocation order and the available exemptions.

If you are interested in learning more regarding any of the topics addressed in this article, we encourage you to join us on May 5, 2020 from 12 PM – 1 PM (EDT) for our webinar sponsored by the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (“NCBFAA”), entitled “COVID-19 Regulatory Changes Impacting Importers and Exporters.”

For webinar details and registration, please click here.

 

Feb
11
Thu
NCBFAA Presents “Challenges in Exporting to China”
Feb 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

icpa conferenc

 

Join NCBFAA for an informative webinar on the topic of “Challenges in Exporting to China”

With Bruce Leeds & Devin Sefton of Braumiller Law Group

Tuesday, February, 11th, 2021 

1 pm – 2 pm EST

 

Exporting to China has become increasingly difficult. The change in status of Hong Kong has added to the difficulty. In this webinar we will cover the major restrictions that U.S. exporters and freight forwarders may encounter when exporting to China. These include the following:

  • Table of Denial Orders
  • Office of Foreign Assets Controls sanctions
  • End of special Hong Kong status
  • Obtaining licenses for exports to China
  • Increased use of the Entity List
  • Huawei restrictions and sanctions
  • Military End User List
  • Military end user/military end use due diligence

 

Navigating these restrictions may be a challenge – let Devin Sefton and Bruce Leeds from Braumiller Law Group help you understand the obstacles along the way.

 

Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel, Braumiller Law Group has decades of experience in international trade law and has successfully served his clients in diverse capacities, from classification and due diligence, to ITAR compliance and drawback. He has significant expertise with importing and exporting high tech products.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Bruce was an Import Specialist at the U.S. Customs Service in Los Angeles for seven years. During this period, he was promoted to Team Leader at LAX.  Bruce then joined Hughes Aircraft Company, where he worked in various positions related to import and export compliance. He went on to Hughes Space & Communications Company and The Boeing Company – all in export and import compliance positions. Bruce served on the Commercial Operations Advisory Committee to CBP and the Private Sector Advisory Group at the World Customs Organization. He holds a customs broker license and is a U.S. Army veteran.

Full Bio: https://www.braumillerlaw.com/bio/bruce-h-leeds/

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Devin Sefton, Senior Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group

Devin advises clients on a host of international trade issues, including matters pertaining to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., among other regulatory agencies

Devin returns to Braumiller Law Group to head up our new Detroit office after having practiced law in Washington, D.C. for several years. He has extensive experience in advising companies, both large and small, on international trade compliance. By leveraging his comprehensive background with both import and export-related matters, Devin has assisted clients in achieving substantial duty savings and mitigating regulatory risks associated with cross-border transactions.

Full Bio: https://www.braumillerlaw.com/bio/devin-sefton-senior-associate-attorney/

 

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registration

 

This webinar is approved for

1 CCS/CES/MES credit.  

ncbfaa credit

Mar
9
Tue
Join us for the 20th Annual Partnering for Compliance 2021
Mar 9 @ 8:00 am – Mar 11 @ 5:00 pm

 

Join us for the

20th Annual

Partnering for Compliance 2021

(VIRTUAL CONFERENCE ONLY)

March 9th – 11th, 2021

with the participation of the
U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Treasury-OFAC, Census Bureau, covering EU/UK Export Controls, USMCA, BREXIT, Imports & U.S. Trade

 

This collegial and interactive Conference will focus on a broad spectrum of export regulatory & compliance matters of current relevance.
Senior-level Government and trade speakers will provide solid & recent updates on US initiatives & policies regarding export control licensing/enforcement. Extensive Q & A sessions.

 

Adrienne Braumiller and Bruce Leeds will speak on March 10th,
from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. on the topic of:

 

Trade Wars! The latest on Section 232 and 301 special duties on aluminum, steel, automobiles, Chinese products , and the responses from our trading partners.

 

adrienne braumiller

Adrienne Braumiller, Braumiller Law Group Partner and Founder
Adrienne is an innovative force in the international trade law arena. With more than 25 years of experience, she is widely recognized as a leading authority in Customs, import, export, foreign-trade zones, free trade agreements and ITAR compliance.

 

She has been involved in every aspect of import and export compliance, from developing compliance programs to conducting audits and assessments, representing clients who are under investigation, preparing and submitting voluntary disclosures, preparing and filing classification requests and licenses, analyzing whether specific transactions should be pursued, providing tailored training on specific import/export topics, addressing penalty assessments, and serving as an expert witness in a number of trade cases.

 

Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel, Braumiller Law Group
Bruce has decades of experience in international trade law and has successfully served his clients in diverse capacities, from classification and due diligence, to ITAR compliance and drawback. He has significant expertise with importing and exporting high tech products.

 

Prior to becoming an attorney, Bruce was an Import Specialist at the U.S. Customs Service in Los Angeles for seven years. During this period, he was promoted to Team Leader at LAX.  Bruce then joined Hughes Aircraft Company, where he worked in various positions related to import and export compliance. He went on to Hughes Space & Communications Company and The Boeing Company – all in export and import compliance positions. Bruce served on the Commercial Operations Advisory Committee to CBP and the Private Sector Advisory Group at the World Customs Organization. He holds a customs broker license and is a U.S. Army veteran.

 

 

register webinar
Registration & Agenda: (click the link below)
Transparent and equitable reservations policy strictly limited to the first 200 attendees on a first-registered, first-paid basis. NOTE: Speakers have agreed, time permitting, to give every participant the opportunity to have all his/her questions answered, thus we will set up an equitable process whereby all participants may ask their questions in writing. We will notify you of how this process will work after you have registered. A pre-conference soft copy of all available course materials will be sent to each registrant.

 

An official Certificate of Completion outlining our 4.5 IIEI CEUs and 20 CES NCBFAA Credits for the 3-day Exports program, will be will be electronically sent to each participant individually after the conference. CLE CREDITS: Accreditation may be sought individually/collectively by participant(s) in their jurisdictions. We understand that such has been sought and granted for our programs in e.g. Arizona, California, etc.

 

Mar
11
Thu
Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series III
Mar 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

icpa conferenc

Join NCBFAA for

Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series III, on the topics of

Trade in the New Digital World, and Incoterms

 

Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series III

Jim Holbein, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group to present:

Trade in the New Digital World

March, 11th, 1 p.m. – 2. p.m. EST

 

The NCBFAA Educational Institute in cooperation with the Office of Digital Initiatives at the Department of Commerce, invite you to attend a webinar on Trade in the New Digital World. post pandemic. This webinar will focus on how digital enabled B2B buyers and sellers adapt to the new digital environment. Research on decision makers’ behavior globally across industries reveals that this digital shift will be here long term. This webinar is for the advanced exporter.

NCBFAA and the Office of Digital Initiatives at the Department of Commerce are working closely together to offer this webinar. It will be hosted on the GoToWebinar platform. This webinar for the advanced exporter.

NCBFAA and the Office of Digital Initiatives at the Department of Commerce are working closely together to offer this webinar. It will be hosted on the GoToWebinar platform.

Jim Holbein has decades of experience in trade negotiating, trade policy development, tariff nomenclature and administration, customs enforcement, international trade dispute settlement, and import compliance. He has a wealth of experience working with trading firms in the private sector and has participated actively with both importing and exporting firms.

Jim is a former Federal Executive with more than 30 years of government experience, who most recently was responsible for supervising a professional staff maintaining the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. at the International Trade Commission (USITC). Jim managed the NAFTA trade dispute settlement process while at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He was a diplomat and trade negotiator for the U.S. Department of State, serving in Seoul, Korea and Oslo, Norway. He was a coordinator for State Department participation in the US-Canada Free Trade Talks.

He is the author of more than 25 books, articles, and conference papers dealing with international trade and dispute settlement. Jim received his J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he was fortunate to have Bill Clinton as his criminal law professor. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.

Registration: NCBFAA (1 CCS/CES Credit) Cost: $25

Full Biohttps://www.braumillerlaw.com/bio/james-holbein-of-counsel/

 

Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series III

Bonnie Kersch, Senior Trade Advisor, Braumiller Consulting Group

to present:

Incoterms

May 18th, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. EST

 

The NCBFAA Educational Institute in cooperation with the Office of Digital Initiatives at the Department of Commerce, invite you to attend a webinar on Incoterms. Learn the most current Incoterms for 2021 and how to best use them for your shipment. This webinar is for the advanced exporter. 

NCBFAA and the Office of Digital Initiatives at the Department of Commerce are working closely together to offer this webinar. It will be hosted on the GoToWebinar platform.

Bonnie Kersch, a Licensed Customs Broker and Certified Customs Specialist, has worked in the compliance world for many years, specializing in the chemical sector. She has experience in almost every aspect of compliance including Classification, Free Trade Agreements, Export Licenses, Broker Management, Denied Parties Screening, Country of Origin Determination, Deemed Exports, Incoterm Determination, Internal Audits of Import Files, Duty Drawback, Transfer Pricing Reconciliation, Valuation, Return Order Imports, Record Retention, and more.

Bonnie has extensive teaching experience and has developed and presented training on numerous Trade Compliance topics throughout her career.

Full bio: https://www.braumillerconsulting.com/bio/bonnie-kersch/

RegistrationNCBFAA (1 CCS/CES Credit) Cost: $25

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact NEI Director Cecilia Ferrara cferrara@ncbfaa.org

Mar
28
Sun
Join ICPA for the Annual Spring Conference @ Grand Hyatt Hotel
Mar 28 @ 8:00 am – Mar 31 @ 5:00 pm

icpa conferenc

 

Join ICPA for the

Annual Spring Conference

Grand Hyatt 600 E Market St.

San Antonio, TX 78205

(VIRTUAL & In-Person)

March 28th – 31st 2021

 

Join ICPA in San Antonio, TX for the Spring Conference. If you are involved in Import/Export Compliance or Operations, Supply Chain Compliance or Security, Internal Controls or Government Relations this is the conference for you.

 

Our speakers are experienced, knowledgeable professionals.  The sessions are educational and provide time for questions.  You will be provided access to all of the speaker presentations we have permission to share after the event.

 

There will be three tracks running simultaneously; Import, Export and General.  All sessions will be available onsite and online.  You are not restricted to one track you may move between them.  There will be a limited number of registrations available.

 

There is ample opportunity to network with your peers during breaks and the networking reception. A continental breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks are included in your onsite registration fee.

 

Adrienne Braumiller, Braumiller Law Group, and Bonnie Kersch, and Eliza Siebert, Braumiller Consulting Group will speak on various topics.

 

Import, Export and General tracks. Click here for the full agenda: 2021-Spring-Agenda_20201029.pdf (icpainc.org)

 

Adrienne Braumiller, Braumiller Law Group, Partner and Founder

Tuesday, March 30th, Conducting Successful Investigations and Voluntary Disclosures, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (Import track)

Also March 30th, Export Audits and Self Assessments, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. (Import Track)

 

Wednesday, March 31st, NAFTA/USMCA Updates, 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. (Import Track)

Adrienne is an innovative force in the international trade law arena. With more than 25 years of experience, she is widely recognized as a leading authority in Customs, import, export, foreign-trade zones, free trade agreements and ITAR compliance.
She has been involved in every aspect of import and export compliance, from developing compliance programs to conducting audits and assessments, representing clients who are under investigation, preparing and submitting voluntary disclosures, preparing and filing classification requests and licenses, analyzing whether specific transactions should be pursued, providing tailored training on specific import/export topics, addressing penalty assessments, and serving as an expert witness in a number of trade cases.

Full bio:  https://www.braumillerlaw.com/bio/adrienne-braumiller/

 

Bonnie Kersch, Senior Trade AdvisorBraumiller Consulting Group

Monday, March 29th,

Routed Export Transactions,

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.(Export track)

Tuesday, March 30th,

Customs Broker RFP, How to Select Your Next Broker, 9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. (Import Track)

Wednesday, March 31st, Incoterms, 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. (General Track)

 

Bonnie Kersch, a Licensed Customs Broker and Certified Customs Specialist, has worked in the compliance world for many years, specializing in the chemical sector. She has experience in almost every aspect of compliance including Classification, Free Trade Agreements, Export Licenses, Broker Management, Denied Parties Screening, Country of Origin Determination, Deemed Exports, Incoterm Determination, Internal Audits of Import Files, Duty Drawback, Transfer Pricing Reconciliation, Valuation, Return Order Imports, Record Retention, and more.

 

Bonnie has extensive teaching experience and has developed and presented training on numerous Trade Compliance topics throughout her career.

 

Eliza Siebert, Senior Trade Advisor, Braumiller Consulting Group

Monday, March 29th,

License Exceptions and Exemptions Under the ITAR and EAR, 4:15 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

(Export track)

 

Eliza’s extensive U.S. export knowledge includes the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) with hands on experience on product classifications, license determination and electronic export fillings (EEI). Eliza has served as client administrator for the Automated Export System (AES) – in charge of training, filing, and record keeping requirements.

 

 

Mar
30
Tue
ICPA Conference – Conducting Successful Investigations and Prior Disclosures @ Grand Hyatt Hotel
Mar 30 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

icpa conferenc

Join ICPA in San Antonio, TX for the Spring Conference. If you are involved in Import/Export Compliance or Operations, Supply Chain Compliance or Security, Internal Controls or Government Relations, then this is the conference for you.

The conference speakers are experienced, knowledgeable professionals. The sessions are educational and provide time for questions. You will be provided access to all of the speaker presentations, which ICPA has permission to share after the event.

There will be three tracks running simultaneously; Import, Export, and General. All sessions will be available onsite and online. You are not restricted to one track and may move between them. There will be a limited number of registrations available.

There is ample opportunity to network with your peers during breaks and during the networking reception. A continental breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks are included in your onsite registration fee.

We are looking forward to seeing you onsite or online!

 

VENUE/HOTEL
Grand Hyatt
600 E Market St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
$209 per night
https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/SATGH/G-ICPA

 

Adrienne Braumiller, Partner & Founder
Braumiller Law Group,
to speak on the topic of:

Conducting Successful Investigations and Prior Disclosures,

Tuesday, March 30th, 8:30 – 9:30 AM (Import Track) 

This presentation will cover:

  • What do you do when you discover a violation? Who should be notified?
  • What options are there to identify the breadth and severity of the deficiencies?
  • What factors should be weighed whether to disclose?
  • What tips are there for ensuring a favorable outcome?

 

Adrienne Braumiller is the founder of Braumiller Law Group PLLC and Braumiller Consulting Group LLC, and an innovative force in the international trade law arena. With almost 30 years of experience, she is widely recognized as a leading authority in Customs, export control, free trade agreements, tariff mitigation, and compliance programs.

Adrienne has received numerous awards in recognition of her leadership and dedication to excellence:

  • The State Bar of Texas named Adrienne as the recipient of the prestigious Sarah T. Hughes Women Lawyers of Achievement Award for 2019. The award honors the accomplishments of women who have achieved outstanding recognition in their professional area and who, by doing so, have paved the way for success for other women attorneys. One female attorney is chosen for this award annually from among over 44,000 female attorneys in the state of Texas.
  • Adrienne serves as the Co-Chair of the Customs Law Committee of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association.
  • Adrienne has been named by Chambers and Partners as a Leader in her Field related to International Trade: Customs in both its U.S. and Global Guides every year from 2015 – 2020. Chambers and Partners, identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers in over 180 jurisdictions throughout the world.

Full bio:  https://www.braumillerlaw.com/bio/adrienne-braumiller/

 

License Exceptions and Exemptions Under the ITAR and EAR 

Monday, March 29th

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

(Export track)

Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel, Braumiller Law Group has decades of experience in international trade law and has successfully served his clients in diverse capacities, from classification and due diligence, to ITAR compliance and drawback. He has significant expertise with importing and exporting high tech products.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Bruce was an Import Specialist at the U.S. Customs Service in Los Angeles for seven years. During this period, he was promoted to Team Leader at LAX.  Bruce then joined Hughes Aircraft Company, where he worked in various positions related to import and export compliance. He went on to Hughes Space & Communications Company and The Boeing Company – all in export and import compliance positions. Bruce served on the Commercial Operations Advisory Committee to CBP and the Private Sector Advisory Group at the World Customs Organization. He holds a customs broker license and is a U.S. Army veteran.

Full Bio: https://www.braumillerlaw.com/bio/bruce-h-leeds/

bruce leeds

 

Incoterms

Wednesday, March 31st
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
(General track)

Bonnie Kersch, Senior Trade Advisor, Braumiller Consulting Group

Bonnie Kersch, a Licensed Customs Broker and Certified Customs Specialist, has worked in the compliance world for many years, specializing in the chemical sector. She has experience in almost every aspect of compliance including Classification, Free Trade Agreements, Export Licenses, Broker Management, Denied Parties Screening, Country of Origin Determination, Deemed Exports, Incoterm Determination, Internal Audits of Import Files, Duty Drawback, Transfer Pricing Reconciliation, Valuation, Return Order Imports, Record Retention, and more.

Bonnie has extensive teaching experience and has developed and presented training on numerous Trade Compliance topics throughout her career.

Full bio: https://www.braumillerconsulting.com/bio/bonnie-kersch/

bonnie kersch trade advisor

 

Global Partner-ICPA

Apr
13
Tue
Join ICPA for the Spring ITAR Conference @ SpringHill Suites Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
Apr 13 @ 8:00 am – Apr 15 @ 5:00 pm

icpa conferenc

 

Join ICPA for the

Spring ITAR Conference

SpringHill Suites Fort Worth Historic Stockyards

2315 North Main Street Fort Worth, TX 76164

April 13th – 15th 2021

 

Join ICPA in Ft. Worth, TX for the Spring ITAR Conference. If you are involved in Import/Export Compliance or Operations, Supply Chain Compliance or Security, Internal Controls or Government Relations this is the conference for you.

 

Our speakers are experienced, knowledgeable professionals. The sessions are educational and provide time for questions. You will be provided access to all of the speaker presentations we have permission to share after the event.
There will be three tracks running simultaneously; Import, Export and General. All sessions will be available onsite and online. You are not restricted to one track you may move between them. There will be a limited number of registrations available.

 

There is ample opportunity to network with your peers during breaks and the networking reception. A continental breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks are included in your onsite registration fee.

 

Christos Linardakis, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group, will be joined by Jerry Leishman, VP & National Regulatory Business Advisor, CORTAC Group

Wednesday, April 14th,

ITAR, Export Controls & The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC): Developing a Technology Control Plan 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. (Advanced track)

Also Thursday, April 15th, Christos will cover,

How to Prepare Requests for CJs and Advisory Opinions  2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. (Bootcamp Track)

Christos Linardakis is an attorney in our Chicago office. He has held positions as Associate General Counsel, Compliance, Trade Regulatory Counsel, Global Trade Compliance, and Sr. ITAR Empowered Official for Fortune 500 & 100 companies, along with private companies. During his career, he has established corporate compliance programs for U.S., E.U. and Asian trade laws, as well as International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) compliance programs, manufacturing licensing & technical assistance agreements (MLA/TAA), FCPA/ABAC programs, Foreign Military Sales, and has handled investigations/ subpoenas/ disclosures involving nearly all U.S. government agencies including in China and the E.U. He’s a frequent speaker for both private and government associations.

 

Full bio:  https://www.braumillerlaw.com/bio/christos-linardakis/

 

Jerry Leishman, VP & National Regulatory Business Advisor, CORTAC Group

 

Jerry Leishman has 30+ years of strategic leadership and partnership development working with both the private sector and government. His expertise in Cybersecurity, FedRAMP, ISO27001, ITAR, NIST800, amongst other areas, including DOD contracts allows him to bring a holistic, cost effective and risk based approach to companies, institutions, and organizations working with the Federal government including the DOD.

 

A results-oriented, entrepreneurial leader, Jerry Leishman thrives in the world of Compliance and Regulations. He has experience managing teams from various backgrounds and industries and helped kick-start CORTAC’s Regulatory Business Advisory team from scratch. Before CORTAC Group, Jerry worked with many big-name companies, including Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Smartsheet, and Costco. Everyday, Jerry works tirelessly to strategize, lead, and coordinate his team.

 

 

register events

Registration & Agenda: (click the link below)

 

For all webinar presentations conducted by Braumiller Law Group Attorneys, and Braumiller Consulting Group Senior Trade Advisors, visit the on-demand library at this link: