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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!

The Benefits Of C-TPAT For Carriers

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 carriers, importers, customs brokers 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 to this, but most anything worth having comes with a price. So, we have to ask ourselves, is certification worth pursuing? It 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.

Benefits of C-TPAT participation include:

  • 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 partners, the lower the likely-hood of cargo inspections
  • 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.”

Some of the next generation benefits of C-TPAT could 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?

  • Complete and submit the Agreement to Voluntarily Participate
  • 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 certified, and to be an effective participant in the program include:
  • Having the full commitment and support from high-level company management
  • Integrating participation into your overall supply chain security program
  • Assigning dedicated staff or team to manage the project on a continuing basis

This blog is an informal and brief summation of the good, the bad & the ugly about C-TPAT. For more detailed information, please see

 

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.

Have questions on how it will impact your business? Send them in through our comments section below or check out the rest of Pacific Customs Brokers blog.

 

You Asked… About PIP

Partners in Protection logoI was reading the blog about PIP and was wondering if you have to be a large company to register. I do cross border shipping with Pacific Customs Brokers now. But I have lots of inspection problems. Please give me more information. I can’ t attend seminars. I live in Victoria.

Thank you for your inquiry regarding our blog on The Value of Partners in Protection & C-TPAT Memberships.

The Partners in Protection Program is for companies of all sizes. Having said that, in order to become a PIP “Member” you must fall into one of the approved categories, a few of them being Importers / Exporters, Carriers and Warehouse Operators to name a few.

Our seminar attendees have traveled as far away as California and Maryland.  One of the benefits for ALL organizations for the PIP Seminar, is that it will be providing detailed information regarding membership benefits, and the application process. This seminar will be able to help you decide whether PIP membership is feasible for your organization.

Also, we are pleased to say Canada Border Services Agency will have a PIP Intelligence Officer at our seminar who will be able to assist in answering questions, particularly about where the PIP program is headed.

In the event you simple cannot make this seminar, we may be able to conduct an informative telephone conference, or private consultation, with one of our security team members.

On a personal note, inspection delays are expensive and time consuming. Becoming a trusted trader and using a trusted carrier may be able to help lessen some of those delays and inspection problems you are experiencing.

Additionally, at Pacific Customs Brokers, we offer a range of consulting services for small business to help improve your cross border experiences, including mini audits and document reviews. To help reduce inspection delays, one of our trade compliance experts would be more that happy to discuss the benefits of reviewing the customs clearance documents that are being provided to the carrier.

We hope this helps!

The Value of Partners in Protection (PIP) & C-TPAT Memberships

Partners in Protection logoInterested in spending more time on shipping and less on border delays? In the age of global trading, your reputation as a company will be focused on security practices and getting your goods across the border with fewer inspections and expedited border clearances.

The recent Partners in Protection (PIP) Newsletter confirmed as at January 1, 2012, there were 1,449 PIP Members in Canada. With the recent announcements with the U.S. for a “shared vision for perimeter security”, PIP has also confirmed that 78% of all PIP Members are already C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) Certified as well.

Is it necessary? For some, yes! PIP Membership is a necessity for eligibility into certain programs. As a PIP Member you are committed to supply chain security, and the benefits include:

  • Eligibility to apply to the FAST Program;
  • Eligibility to the Low Value Shipment Program;
  • Enhanced reputation as being a low-risk company;
  • Fewer border delays; and
  • Expedited clearances

As the United States and Canada have agreed to a shared vision for perimeter security, we can expect that perimeter security to slowly become more harmonized.

What does that mean exactly? To start, an initiative has been announced for the C-TPAT and PIP Programs. Other programs will become more integrated such as the Trusted Trader Program and Partners in Compliance (under the Customs Self Assessment).

Of the 1,449 PIP Members in Canada, 62% of those are highway carriers. The benefits of expedited border clearances and fewer inspections combined with the enhanced reputation can provide you with a competitive advantage, as well as position your organization to be internationally recognized.

Pacific Customs Brokers is pleased to provide a PIP and C-TPAT informative seminar on March 29, 2012, which will provide you with details about the applications and the membership processes.  To register for the PIP Seminar. To register for the C-TPAT Seminar.

Courier Low Value Shipment Program

Partners In ProtetionAccording to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) Courier Low Value Shipment Program Moratorium Update, the Courier Low Value Shipment Program (LVS) was implemented in 1993 and was meant to streamline and expedite the processing of authorized participants’ low value courier shipments. In 2010-2011, 32 Million Courier LVS Program shipments were processed. Due to the extensive benefits and privileges afforded to its participants, more stringent eligibility requirements have become necessary to ensure program integrity.

In addition to the existing requirement for participants to be bonded carriers, the CBSA proposes to restrict participation in the program to:

  1. companies that are approved Partners is Protection (PIP) members, in addition, Courier LVS Program shipments must be imported and transported by approved PIP carriers;
  2. companies that will allow the CBSA the use of their proprietary systems for report, release and risk assessment purposes; and
  3. companies that will also transmit their pre-arrival cargo data to the CBSA as they do today for high value shipments.

The ultimate vision for the Courier LVS Program is that pre-arrival, report and release data will be input directly into a CBSA system, such as the case with the regular commercial process today. The new eligibility requirements will ensure that the Courier LVS Program is harmonized with the other CBSA import streams and World Customs Organization international standards. The Program will continue to provide an expedited service within a secure environment and operate within the CBSA mandate by providing a proper balance between facilitation and security.

New applicants will be required to meet the first two requirements prior to being accepted. Current participants will be given until December 31, 2011 to comply.

Need more information? Pacific Customs Brokers is pleased to offer “Partners In Protection” Consulting, as well as a series of Trade Compliance Seminars on topics varying from U.S. and Canadian Customs Compliance, NAFTA Rules of Origin, Harmonized System Tariff and Classification Workshop, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

 

If you would like further information on any of these topics, please send an email to info@pcb.ca and we”d be pleased to assist.