The Journal of Commerce Announces 2012 Customs Regulatory Audit Webcast Series

NEWARK, N.J., Oct. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Journal of Commerce this week announced an extensive new Regulatory Audit webcast series featuring voices from U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of International Trade, as well as legal and trade compliance experts from the transportation and logistics industries. The three-part series will launch Oct. 16 with Preparing for a CBP Audit: Focused Assessment and Referral Audits, moderated by Journal of Commerce Editor Harry Butler. The series' two-part 90-minute segments, each featuring six speakers, will also address the Importer Self-Assessment program and use of Statistical Sampling.

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Preparing for a CBP Audit: Focused Assessment and Referral Audits
Oct. 16, 2:00 pm ET
Now is the season when CBP notifies importers that they will be the subject of an upcoming Focused Assessment audit or "FA." An FA is a comprehensive audit conducted by CBP and typically involves an intensive six-month audit process of your company's import operations conducted by a CBP audit team. The CBP team can be expected to review internal controls and CBP entries for compliance in regards to value, HTS classification, NAFTA, GSP, reconciliation, anti-dumping and other free trade agreements. Effectively preparing for the FA is critical and has proven to reduce potential penalty liability as well as maintaining your import compliance credibility with CBP.
Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Cynthia Covell, Executive Director, Regulatory Audit; James Madden, Field Director - New York, Regulatory Audit; and Carrie Reyes, Operations Director, Regulatory Audit.
Tektronix Courtney Seelinger, Senior Manager, Trade Compliance.
Pisani & Roll LLP — Michael Roll, Partner.
Moderator: Harry Butler, Web Editor, The Journal of Commerce
For more information or to register for this webcast, visit http://bit.ly/R0Sphk 

What is the ISA Program and How Can You Apply for it (ISA and ISA-Product Safety)
Oct. 23, 2:00 pm ET
CBP's ISA program offers an alternative to the FA path for those importers who are ready for "self-governance." Learn from CBP's ISA program chief and industry representatives why it has gained momentum, as well as what is required to become an ISA program participant.
Representatives from CBP and private industry experts will explain and discuss ISA requirements and illuminate the business and supply chain benefits to signing up for this growing government-industry partnership program.
Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection —
Cynthia Covell, Executive Director, Regulatory Audit; Mel Moreland, Field Director - Atlanta, Regulatory Audit; and Florence Constant, Chief, Partnership Programs Branch.
The Hershey Co. — Erika Faulkenberry, Customs and Trade Compliance Manager.
Pisani & Roll LLP — Robert J. Pisani, Partner.
Moderator: Dana L. Brundage, Managing Editor, Digital Media, The, Journal of Commerce.
For more information or to register for this webcast, visit http://tinyurl.com/9yl39gq

Use of Statistical Sampling and Application of Offsetting in Prior Disclosures
Nov. 29, 2:00 pm ET
Whether you are preparing for a FA or applying for CBP's ISA program, you may be faced with potential compliance issues involving hundreds or even thousands of import transactions. Did you know that you can use statistical sampling to manage large import transaction universes, calculate lost duties, taxes, and fees or lost revenue — and that this is frequently done by knowledgeable importers for the purposes of submitting a prior disclosure? Did you know that in certain circumstances you could offset overpayments/over-declarations against underpayments/under-declarations in a prior disclosure? Learn how new regulations have influenced the preparation of prior disclosures as CBP experts demystify how to effectively use statistical sampling and apply offsetting in large import transaction universe scenarios.
Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection —
Cynthia Covell, Executive Director, Regulatory Audit; Tom Jesukiewicz, Field Director - Houston, Regulatory Audit; Elizabeth Chiavetta, Acting Audit Policy Director, Regulatory Audit.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. — Lynda L. Westerfield, International Trade Compliance Sr. Staff.
Pisani & Roll LLP — Brett Harris, Partner.
Moderator: Mark Szakonyi, Associate Editor, The Journal of Commerce
For more information or to register for this webcast, visit http://tinyurl.com/9a8x75e

Registration is now open for all three segments of the "Regulatory Audit" webcast series. For additional information please visit: http://www.joc.com/webcasts or contact Mina Patel, Assistant Marketing Manager, 516-589-0229, or mpatel@joc.com.

About The Journal of Commerce: The JOC is the leading information and marketing services provider for the domestic and international containerized cargo community. It delivers high-quality intelligence and expertise to help customers make better business decisions — in print, online and face-to-face at leading industry events. In addition, the JOC provides best-in-breed marketing channels to help companies reach their target audience. JOC.com is the foremost industry Web site covering international and domestic logistics issues on a daily basis, and The Journal of Commerce is, and has been since 1827, the source for authoritative editorial content relied on by international logistics executives around the world. The JOC organizes several leading industry events each year, including the flagship conference, TPM in Long Beach, Calif. For more information visit JOC.com and JOCevents.com.

About UBM Global Trade — UBM Global Trade is the leading provider of proprietary data, news, business intelligence and analytical content supporting commercial maritime, rail, trucking, warehousing and logistics industries worldwide. The company's portfolio of more than 100 online, print, and interactive workflow business solutions includes The Journal of Commerce, Breakbulk, Rail Resource, PIERS and an array of international trade and transportation databases and directories. UBM Global Trade, a subsidiary of UBM plc, is headquartered in Newark, NJ, with offices throughout the United States. For more information, explore www.ubmglobaltrade.com or call 800-223-0243 (+1-973-776-8660 outside the U.S. or Canada).  

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