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Your Designation Maintenance Begins with our Professional Development Courses

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Your Professional Development starts with Pacific Customs Brokers! If you have never attended one of our Professional Development Courses, the following information might help you decide on attending the next one.

Professional Development Courses – Seminars and Workshops

At our in-person courses you learn the best practices of being a compliant importer and/or exporter which will help you expedite your commercial shipments to and avoiding costly delay triggers. Our experts share their knowledge and stories on international and cross-border shipping regulations to keep you current with customs and partner government agency requirements.  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 hurdles
  • Cost-effectiveness – More affordable than industry standards
  • Range of topics – Choose from a wide variety of topics
  • Certificate of Completion – Receive a certificate for each course you attend
  • Handouts – Take home your own set of course material
  • Industry accreditation – Earn points towards maintenance of your industry designations
  • Networking – Connect with other like-minded professionals

Professional Development Courses – On-Demand *COMING SOON*

Our on-demand library is designed to meet the demands of the global trade community. These sessions are a convenient way for trade professionals to stay ahead of new regulations with international trade and gain additional knowledge in key areas. Benefits of attending an on-demand course include:

  • Global accessibility – Travel is removed from the equation for companies with multiple locations or branches
  • Convenience – Attend from the comfort of your desk or home at any time that is best for you
  • Concise training – In a fast-paced industry, efficiency becomes just as important as staying compliant, watch in parts or “binge” on the full course
  • Industry accreditation – Earn points towards maintenance of your industry designations

 

Taking any of our courses may earn you maintenance points, credits, and hours towards a variety of professional designations. Some examples of eligible designations are:

  • Certified Customs Specialist (CCS)
  • Certified Trade Compliance Specialist (CTCS)
  • Certified Export Specialist (CES)
  • Designate with the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC)
  • Accounting Professional

Registration for Fall 2018 is now open!

Review and plan your professional development maintenance for the second half of 2018 by clicking on the hyperlinked course names below. 

  CSCB NEI LSBC
Course Name CCS CTCS CCS CES  
How To Import Into Canada Part 1 5 5
How To Import Into Canada Part 2 5 5 3
How To Import Into Canada (Series) 5 5 3
How To Classify A Product 5 6 4
How To Import Into The US Part 1 5 5 3
How To Import Into The US Part 2 5 5 3 3
How To Import Into The US (Series) 5 5 3
How To Value A Product For Customs 5 5
*How To Choose The Best Incoterm 5 3 3
*How To Import CFIA Regulated Goods 5 5
*How To Import FDA Regulated Goods 5 5 3

 

*Registration for spring 2019 courses coming soon.

 

 

Have questions or comments about any of our courses? Call 888.538.1566 or email us today!

Is C-TPAT Advantageous For You?

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 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.