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2017 Designation Maintenance Begins in our Professional Development Courses!

T if for Trade Compliance Education

A new year means a new start for most everything and this includes a reset to the maintenance requirements of your professional designations set forth by the credential’s governing body. We are well into the year now and our Professional Development Courses for fall 2017 are about to launch.

Whether you are a Canadian or U.S. Certified Customs Specialist (CCS), a Certified Trade Compliance Specialist (CTCS), a Certified Export Specialist (CES), a designate with the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) or accounting professional, taking any of Pacific Customs Brokers’ seminars and webinars will earn you maintenance points, credits and hours towards a variety professional designations.

Review and plan your maintenance for the second half of 2017 by clicking on the course’s name below:

(Fall registration opens at midnight on July 15, 2017)

  CSCB NEI LSBC
Webinar CCS CTCS CCS CES  
CDN Importing for Beginners Part 1
CDN Importing for Beginners Part 2
US Importing for Beginners Part 1 1
US Importing for Beginners Part 2 1
FDA Regulated Goods 2 2 1
CFIA Regulated Goods 2 2
NAFTA for Beginners Part 1 1 1
NAFTA for Beginners Part 2 1
 
Seminar
Shipping Perishables – NEW! 5 5 3 3
CDN Trade Compliance Part 1 5 5
CDN Trade Compliance Part 2 5 5 3
Exporting from Canada 5 5 3 3
US Trade Compliance Part 1 5 5 3
US Trade Compliance Part 2 5 5 3 3
HS Tariff Classification 5 6 4
Free Trade Agreements and Rules of Origin 5 5 5
Customs Valuation 5 3.5
CFIA 5 5
FDA 5 5 3
CTPAT 3 3 2 2

 

If you have never attended one of our Professional Development Courses before, the following information might help you decide on attending the next one.

Professional Development Courses – Webinars

Our webinars are designed to meet the demands of the global trade community. These live webinars are a convenient way for trade professionals to stay ahead of new regulations with international trade and gain additional knowledge in key areas. The benefits of attending an online course include:

  • Cost-effectiveness – More affordable than industry standards and some even offered complimentary
  • Global accessibility – Travel is removed from the equation for companies with multiple locations or branches
  • Convenience – Attend from the comfort of your desk
  • Concise training – In a fast-paced industry, efficiency becomes just as important as staying compliant
  • Industry recognized sessions – Earn points towards maintenance of your industry designations

Professional Development Courses – Seminars and Workshops

At these in-person sessions, you will learn the best practices on being compliant as an importer and/or exporter helping you expedite your commercial shipments rather than triggering costly delays. Our experts share their knowledge on international and cross-border shipping to keep you current with customs and participating government agency regulations.  The benefits of attending an in-person seminar or workshop include:

  • All day access – Get our experts to answer your questions one-on-one
  • Case studies and real-life examples – Examine other attendees’ trade compliance issues
  • Cost-effectiveness – More affordable than industry standards
  • Range of topics – Choose from a wide variety of seminar topics
  • Certificate of Completion – Receive a certificate for each course you attend
  • Handouts – Take home your own set of course material
  • Industry recognized sessions – Earn points towards maintenance of your industry designations
  • Networking – Connect with other like-minded professionals

For future reference, download your own 2017 Fall Trade Compliance Program today!

C-TPAT – Is It Advantageous For Us?

C-TPAT LogoFor the past few years, we”ve all been hearing the buzz about Customs – Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and some of us have jumped on the band wagon.  In fact, over 10,000 companies – including importers, customs brokers, carriers and other eligible firms are voluntary certified participants in this   terrorism avoidance initiative.

Are you interested in learning what this initiative is all about, but have been hearing how difficult it is to obtain certification, and what tremendous resources it will take to get there, and how the costs seem to outweigh the benefits?   There is some truth in this, but most anything worth having comes with a price. So, we have to ask ourselves, is C-TPAT certification worth pursuing?  C-TPAT is still a fairly young program and  it continues to evolve.  That being said, the challenges that come along with developing your procedures and policies will be quite unique to your company, as will the benefits of participation.

Some of the current benefits that come with C-TPAT participation are:

  • Reduced number of cargo inspections
  • Emphasis on self-policing as opposed to Customs verification

These benefits translate into some valuable practical considerations, including:

  • Cost savings – a full Customs exam can cost upward of $500 – $1000 per container
  • The more parties involved in a transaction who are C-TPAT partners, the lower the likely-hood of cargo inspections
  • C-TPAT membership is considered a mitigating factor in the case of potential penalty matters
  • Ongoing familiarity with the program decreases the necessary time spent and resources involved in assuring compliance

As the program evolves, it is expected that the benefits will continue to outweigh the costs or perceived disadvantages to becoming a participant in the program.  While there are no commitments from Customs, the trade has requested that Customs consider a number of new benefits for the “next generation” of C-TPAT.  Some of these benefits include:

  • Basing cargo release on 10+2 data and permitting monthly entry of cargo aligned with the periodic monthly statement
  • Expedited responses to ruling requests
  • Enhanced penalty mitigation
  • Prior disclosure benefits
  • Further lowering of the number of inspections
  • Tax incentives for supply chain security and safety enhancements
  • Mutual recognition with other countries” approved security programs

What is involved in becoming C-TPAT certified?  In a nutshell:

  • Complete and submit the Agreement to Voluntarily Participate in C-TPAT
  • Complete and submit the Supply Chain Security Profile Questionnaire – be aware that it is possible that Customs will request or require changes and upgrades to your processes
  • Assure that your stated procedures are followed through on, and updated as necessary
    Some of the absolutely, positively, must haves in order to become C-TPAT certified, and to be an effective participant in the program include:
  • Having the full commitment and support from high-level company management
  • Integrating C-TPAT participation into your overall supply chain security program
  • Assigning dedicated staff or team to manage the project on a continuing basis

This blog is a very informal and brief summation of the good, the bad & the ugly about C-TPAT.  For more detailed information, please see the Customs website at:    http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/cargo_security/ctpat/

Pacific Customs Brokers, Inc. is proud to be a participant in the C-TPAT Program.  We will be very pleased to discuss and consult with you on your questions regarding  the possible benefits and hurdles of C-TPAT participation at your convenience.

If you are already a C-TPAT member, please exchange your Status Verification Interface number (SVI) with us via the portal.  If you are unfamiliar with this process, please contact Pacific Customs Brokers for assistance.