Dec,04 2017

Time: 12:00:00 - 01:00:00

Members Cost: $25.00

Non - Members Cost: $40.00

$40 .00




VAT Refunds & ATA Carnets

 Minimize Your Tax Liability and Import Duties on International Shipments

With Speakers

Leslie August & Britta Eriksson


Monday, Dec. 04, 12 pm - 1 pm EST


Our OWIT Small Business Sponsors will demystify VAT refunds and ATA carnets. Plan, prepare for VAT refunds, VAT & eCommerce, temporary Shipments, usage of ATA carnet, a merchandise passport and all it does to save time, money, duty and taxes. Importers and exporters, don’t miss out on this great informative opportunity!


Know Before You Go:

•           Planning & Preparing for VAT Refunds

•           VAT Should Not Be A Cost

•           Intricacies of VAT & eCommerce

•           Temporary Shipments of Trade Show & Demo Equipment, Samples and Testing Tools Are Not Dutiable or Taxable

•           Reduce Customs Clearance Hassles Using The Merchandise Passport, an ATA Carnet

•           Save Time Clearing Customs with an ATA Carnet – No Broker Required

•           Save Money by Avoiding Import Duty and Tax


LESLIE LEVY AUGUST has 25+ years of experience in global trade facilitation with a specialty in temporary imports/exports and customs bonds and guarantees. She is a partner in boomerang carnets which is one of only two U.S ATA Carnet Service Providers appointed by the United States Council for International Business. Additionally, she is a Director of boomerang carnets UK which, with its partner, the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, provides ATA Carnets to U.K. exporters. Ms. August is also responsible for overseeing the U.S. and Canadian Carnet de Passage program as boomerang carnets is the issuing organization for both countries. She is a blogger, authors the Exportise newsletter and serves on the Boards of several non-profit trade education organizations.

In her various roles Ms. August works with a wide variety of exporters and importers. The companies range from Fortune 100 companies to individual photographers. These U.S. and U.K. companies operating, exhibiting and selling overseas, use over 9000 ATA Carnets annually covering goods valued at $3B. As an educator and trainer, Leslie advises global trade compliance directors, logistics managers, import/export managers, tour managers, supply chain specialists, freight forwarders and customs brokers on use of the ATA Carnet and other temporary import documents. She provides ATA Carnet training for organizations involved in product promotion, demonstrations and international trade fairs and exhibitions, helping them avoid payment of duties and taxes.

Prior to boomerang carnets, Ms. August co-founded the first digital film and video editing company in New York City, Digipix. She was also a co-owner and Regional Vice President for national marine and transportation insurance broker Roanoke Trade.

Ms. August is a licensed insurance broker in 50 states, a member of the Northern California District Export Council, a Certified Global Business Professional and serves as President of WIT-NC (Women in International Trade – Northern California). She has a Master’s degree in Economics from DePaul University and had a hand in the very early development of the world-renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

BRITTA ERIKSSON co-founded Euro VAT Refund, Inc, in 1992, and has been the company’s president and CEO since the start. Euro VAT Refund, Inc. (EuroVAT) is a leading U.S. financial services company specializing in assisting North American Companies with Value Added Tax (VAT) management, registration and refund when they do business internationally.

 Ms. Eriksson is today one of the most knowledgeable Value Added Tax (VAT) experts within the United States, frequently informing and working with tax managers within small to medium sized companies, as well as Fortune 500 companies, the United States Departments of Commerce, Revenue Canada, many of the European embassies, consulates and trade offices in the United States. In addition, Ms. Eriksson frequently provides VAT information for articles in newspapers and trade magazines, such as Consumer Report, The Wall Street Journal, The World Academy, Beyond Borders and other trade publications. Among Euro VAT Refund’s 400+ clients are several Fortune 500 companies, as well as small to medium size companies, event planners, movie production companies and major entertainment companies.


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