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VAT REFUNDS & ATA CARNETS MINIMIZE YOUR TAX LIABILITY AND IMPORT DUTIES ON INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS

VAT Refunds & ATA Carnets

Minimize Your Tax Liability and Import Duties on International Shipments

 

 

With Speakers:  Leslie August & Britta Eriksson

 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!

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.

 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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Pirates of the Trade

PIRATES OF THE TRADE 

Speakers:  Olga Torres, 

Evelyn I. Suero, 

Samantha Peaslee 

Moderator: Suely Piraino Argianas

Halloween, Tuesday, October 31, 11 AM - EST

           REGISTER: 

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Presented by OWIT's Small Business Sponsors and Experts in International Trade

Our Speakers will share some funny and some horror stories, with pitfalls to avoid in International Trade! 

 

 OLGA TORRES is the Founder and Managing Member of Torres Law, an International Trade Law Firm. Ms. Torres handles notable international trade matters for numerous companies worldwide and specializes in the areas of U.S. customs, exports, economic sanctions, anti-corruption compliance, and industrial security matters. Ms. Torres has been selected for recognition in the 2017 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Trade & Customs – a guide to the world’s leading trade and customs lawyers, economists and anti-dumping consultants. Chambers and Partners USA also listed Ms. Torres as a Recognized Practitioner in the areas of International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions law in 2017. Ms. Torres has been rated for three consecutive years as a Super Lawyer Rising Star for Thompson Reuter’s. A recognized leader in trade law, Ms. Torres was recently reappointed by the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State to the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG).  She has lectured on international trade for organizations, universities and government agencies in different countries, including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Mexico, Thailand, France, and Canada. She was previously an attorney in the International & Cross Border Transactions group at Holland & Knight LLP in Washington, D.C. and licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C., the State of Texas, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of International Trade.

 E VELYN I. SUERO is an International Business & Startups Attorney and Global Business Consultant & Branding Strategist. She is the Owner & Principal Attorney of Suero Law, PLLC, in Miami, Florida and she earned her juris doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from Swarthmore College.

 At Suero Law, Evelyn focuses on the corporate and contractual needs of clients in local & international business transactions, including providing support and consulting for startup ventures, nonprofit organizations, and trademarks & copyrights. Prior to establishing Suero Law, Evelyn worked as an international business, customs, compliance and estate planning attorney. In this capacity, she gained significant experience representing individual and corporate clients through all phases of business investment, protection, and growth. Evelyn has been a featured panelist at the World Trade Organization Public Forum and attorney commentator on Univision’s Despierta America. She is very involved in the global business community and serves as board member for several local and global business organizations.

SAMANTHA PEASLEE is an international business and intellectual property law attorney for small- to medium-sized businesses and non-profits. Her practice focuses on entity formation, copyright registration and litigation, trademark registration and litigation, business transactions (cross-border and local), international employment issues, international commercial arbitration, and commercial and civil litigation. She also serves as general counsel for small businesses and non-profits in the Front Range of Colorado.

Samantha has a J.D. from University of Denver Sturm College of Law, an M.A. from Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and a B.A. from Middlebury College. At Sturm College of Law, Samantha was on the quarterfinalist team for the 2015 Vis Moot (East) and was Senior Managing Editor of Denver Journal for International Law and Policy. Originally from Alexandria, LA, Samantha has also lived in Vermont, Maine, North Carolina, France, and South Korea. She currently furthers her international interests as co-chair of the Denver World Trade Center’s NextGen Steering Committee, co-chair of the International Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, and Co-Vice President of Programs for the Organization of Women in International Trade. Samantha continues to coach the University of Denver Vis Moot team.

SUELY PIRAINO ARGIANAS dedicates her professional life to Global Business Development, Sales, Trade and Management. A multicultural, multilingual executive speaks Portuguese, Spanish, conversational Italian and French. A graduate from Baruch College in New York City in Business and in International trade. As a woman and small business owner, her full trading company services, offering international business development, managing sales and projects in over 20 countries with expertise in Latin America. She is currently an Independent Business Professional in international trade and management. She is an active Executive Board Member at OWIT; Leader and board member of Back On Track Network and a member of the Global Committee at the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/spargianas

 

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Nafta:Rebuilding and Renegotiating

NAFTA: Rebuilding and Renegotiating

with Speakers

Mary Estelle Ryckman, Carrie Goodge O’Brien, Karen Antebi

& Moderator, Angela Hofmann

 

Tuesday, October 24 at Noon EST

 

The fourth round of the renegotiation and modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement concluded on October 17. Negotiations have progressed in chapters such as competition, customs and trade facilitation, digital trade, regulatory practices, and certain sectional annexes. With a long gap before the fifth round on November 17, OWIT International is taking some time to discuss how the rounds have gone up to this point and what we can expect from the upcoming rounds.

 Be sure to join us for this webinar on Tuesday October 24th, 2017, from 12 pm - 1 pm EST and help us welcome our special guest speakers: 

Special Guest Speakers:

MARY ESTELLE RYCKMAN, former U.S. trade negotiator, spent thirty years shaping global trade and investment policy.  During her career at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Ms. Ryckman held numerous positions, including Senior Policy Advisor, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Trade and Development, and Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Canada.  She has extensive negotiating experience in the GATT/WTO, APEC, the OECD, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, free trade agreements (NAFTA, Central America, Chile, and Peru), trade dispute resolution, and bilateral investment treaties.  In addition, she helped implement President Obama’s effort to normalize relations with Cuba, developed strategic policy priorities for the National Export Initiative and the Global Development Strategy, and was a member of the White House Council on Women and Girls.

 Ms. Ryckman was a commercial loan officer in Boston before joining the federal government. She received a Masters degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University and completed her undergraduate degree at Princeton University.

 

CARRIE GOODGE O’BRIEN is the Counsellor (Trade Policy) at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. In this capacity, Ms. Goodge O’Brien leads the Government of Canada’s engagement with U.S. interlocutors on a broad range of goods market access issues, including trade agreements, government procurement, and trade remedies. 

 Prior to joining the Embassy, Ms. Goodge O’Brien served as the Senior Counsellor to the Executive Director for Canada on the Board of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and was formerly a government procurement and goods trade negotiator for the Government of Canada. Since joining Global Affairs Canada in 2002, Ms. Goodge O’Brien has also served as a spokesperson and Trade Commissioner for arts and cultural industries.

Ms. Goodge O’Brien holds has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Trade from the University of Waterloo, and a Masters of Arts in Globalization and International Development from the University of Ottawa.

 

KAREN ANTEBI  is an experienced government affairs diplomat and professional with expertise on international trade issues across multiple sectors. She was a member of Mexico’s NAFTA negotiating team and has designed and executed strategies to resolve a number of high-profile bilateral trade disputes, including cross-border trucking.

She serves as Economic Counselor for the Trade and NAFTA Office at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C. where she leads Mexico’s trade advocacy and communication strategies with the US Congress, Administration, and private sector.

Before rejoining the Trade and NAFTA Office at the Embassy of Mexico in 2016, Karen spent the past three years at BSA |The Software Alliance leading the global license compliance advocacy program to encourage greater awareness of the importance of software compliance and digital risk among the C-Suite, governments and publicly listed companies. She also advocated on international trade and data issues, fair market access in government procurement, IP protection policies, and immigration reform.

As Economic Counselor at the Embassy and, previously, as Chief of Staff to Mexico’s Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Karen has coordinated the interests of numerous departments and agencies at the highest levels of government in Mexico, the United States, the European Union, and abroad. She has a deep understanding of government decision-making processes and vast experience in setting a common agenda and securing support for specific policies from government agencies, trade associations, non-profit organizations, private sector leaders and members of the diplomatic community.

 Karen co-authored with Jaime Zabludovsky, “The Window to Europe: The Mexico–EU Free Trade Agreement” El Nuevo Milenio Mexicano. México: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (2004). She is multicultural and bilingual. Karen holds a BA from Brandeis University and an MA in International Policy Studies from Stanford University.

 

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Leave No One Behind: A Discussion on Women's Economic Empowerment

Leave No One Behind:

A Discussion

on Women’s Economic Empowerment

with Speaker Simona Scarpaleggia

 

& OWIT Moderators, Andrea Ewart and Violette Ruppanner

 

OWIT members-exclusive professional development seminar with Ms. Simona Scarpaleggia, Co-Chair of the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Ms.Scarpaleggia is also the CEO of IKEA Switzerland which, under her leadership, has joined theInternational Gender Champions Initiative.        

I firmly believe that there is a huge potential that could be unlocked simply by valuing and empowering women. The energy, the power and creativity of women is badly needed-not only to make this world a better place, but to enable it to survive in the years to come.

Simona Scarpaleggia

Ms. Scarpaleggia discussed key takeaways and her involvement with the first-ever UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Our OWIT moderators facilitated the open question and answered session following her presentation. 

 

Descripción: Simona Scarpaleggia.jpgSIMONA SCARPALEGGIA is the CEO of IKEA Switzerland where she oversees strategy and operations of the retail business including nine stores, e-commerce and distributions with a total yearly turnover of EUR 1 billion. Before joining IKEA Switzerland, she has held various positions in IKEA Italy and other multinational companies as senior executive or HR Director.

 

She is a passionate campaigner for all issues surrounding women’s empowerment. In 2009, she co-founded Valore D in Italy and later Advance - Women in Swiss Business in Switzerland. Both organizations have a mission to boost gender diversity and to increase the share of mixed-gender management teams for the benefit of our economies.

 

Since January 2016, Scarpaleggia is co-chairing the UN High Level Panel on Women´s Economic Empowerment. She holds a degree in political science and an MBA from SDA Bocconi School of Management. Simona Scarpaleggia is an Italian citizen, is married and has three children.

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/@sscarpaleggia

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/sscarpaleggia/

 

ANDREA EWART is the President of OWIT International and a trade attorney who addresses the issues specific to woman and small medium companies in the global market place. She is Founder and CEO of DevelopTradeLaw, LLC. Prior to opening her own firm in 2003, Andrea Ewart worked with the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP, where she counseled and represented clients on U.S. customs law and enforcement, U.S. export control laws, and African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) and Caribbean Basin Initiatives (CBI) preferential programs.

 

Ms. Ewart is an accomplished speaker and writer and applies her practical experience on trade to the issues that affect businesses and their bottom line. Her workshops on the “Legal Do’s and Don’ts of Doing Business Internationally” provide insightful and indispensable information, particularly for small businesses. Ms. Ewart is admitted to the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Florida Bars and the U.S. Supreme court Bar. She is an active member of several professional organizations, and in her spare time enjoys reading, dancing, and going to movies and plays.

 

 VIOLETTE RUPPANNER is the VP, Strategy, OWIT International and a former President of the OWIT-Lake Geneva chapter. Since 2011 she is a Partner with Strategos SA, a Swiss management consulting practice specialised in strategy and organisational development, management of multi-stakeholder processes as well as professional coaching and training.

 

Born and raised in Switzerland, Ms. Ruppanner loved travelling from an early age and was lucky to go study and work in China, Vietnam and the USA. An economist by training and a specialising generalist by choice, she draws from a rich and varied career spanning 25 years in government, IGO, NGO and the private sector. Ms. Ruppanner has worked on topics such as international trade, trade diplomacy, economic development cooperation, trade and development, human rights and trade and management consulting. This allowed her to acquire a solid experience and knowhow in project design & management, strategy development & execution, business planning & development as well as change facilitation & organisational governance.

 

Ms. Ruppanner holds a degree in Economics and Trade from the University of Lausanne (HEC) and Masters in Management of Technology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and in Business Administration from Michigan State University (USA).

 

In her spare time, she loves reading, hiking (skiing and snowshoeing in winter), going to the theatre and watching movies.

 

 

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Doing Business in the United States

Doing Business in the United States

with Speakers

Deirdre D. Nero

Eric P. Gros-Dubois

 

Moderator:  Suely Piraino Argianas

 

For many small businesses throughout the world, global enterprise is difficult to access. We at OWIT International encourage small businesses to engage in international trade and aim to connect small businesses to each other in order to foster this trade. Join us to discuss how to do business in the USA, including how to create subsidiaries, contract considerations, taxes, investment options, visas and general tips for small business owners.

DEIRDRE NERO is an Immigration & Nationality Law Attorney in private practice with her own firm, NERO Immigration Law, which she founded in Coral Gables in February 2009. She is honored to hold an AV® Preeminent™ Rating, which shows that she is a well-respected attorney in her field.

 Originally from New Jersey, Deirdre has lived in Florida for over 20 years. Deirdre earned a Bachelor’s Degree from FSU, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Additionally, she attended the University of Miami School of Law, where she graduated with honors and passed the Florida Bar in 2003. In 2009, Ms. Nero started her own law practice after having spent several years as an attorney at Becker & Poliakoff and Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy.

 Deirdre’s law practice focuses on all types of business immigration including employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa petitions. She also routinely handles family immigration matters and naturalizations. Ms. Nero works closely with companies and individual clients to personally execute all aspects of the client’s immigration strategy and represent them in front of the U.S. Government. Deirdre is passionate about helping foreign nationals come to the United States and achieve the American Dream.

 Deirdre is actively involved with, and has held leadership positions in many local organizations, such as the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, BNI Miami-Dade and OWIT- Organization of Women International Trade-South Florida, where she previously served as a board member. She frequently writes and lectures on various topics.

 Deirdre currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation and travels to Washington, DC to advocate on their behalf.  She is the co-founder of a jewelry line called B.A.L.D., which raises awareness for Alopecia Areata and donates a portion of profits to charities.

 Deirdre is a Certified Spinning® Instructor and teaches classes at the University of Miami Herbert Wellness Center.  Deirdre is fluent in Spanish and also holds Italian Citizenship.

ERIC GROS-DUBOIS is the owner and founder of EPGD Business Law. With a JD and MBA specializing in finance, Eric is able to step back and view the legal world through a commercial lens while also acting as a trusted business advising source for his clients.

 Before founding EPGD, Mr. Gros-Dubois’ areas of concentration included business transactions, tax controversies, and estate & trust planning, while at a prominent firm located in Washington, DC. His path led him to Miami, FL where he practiced commercial transactions and business litigation, essentially laying the foundation for EPGD Attorneys at Law. 

 Now, the firm focuses its efforts on providing foreign and domestic entrepreneurs, business owners, the knowledge and legal power to protect their business and future by facilitating the process of doing business in this country.  Specifically, Eric’s role is to ensure that business owners are adequately informed as to how to start a business in the US, what tax considerations they should be aware of, and how to build a successful brand.

 By taking a team approach with his clients, Eric serves as advisor whether tax, accounting, or legal advising. He works hand in hand with the clients and their trusted team of external advisors in order to achieve the goal at hand.  Eric’s wide network of referral sources from various different backgrounds also helps to bridge the gap between foreign entrepreneurs and the United States.

 Eric is an active long-time member of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Brickell, and various other philanthropic and business organizations. 

 SUELY PIRAINO ARGIANAS dedicates her professional life to Global Business Development, Sales, Trade and Management.  A multicultural, multilingual executive fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, conversational Italian and French. A graduate from Baruch College in New York City in Business and minor in International trade. As a woman and small business owner, she successfully managed, won projects and develop markets in over 22 countries with expertise in Latin America. She is currently an Independent Business Consultant in international trade and management.

 She is a co-VP of Programming for OWIT, an active Board Member at Back On Track Network, and a member of the Coral Gables Chamber. She co-founded GIG-Gifts In Golf, to teach golf, integrating those with Special Needs, with the community.     

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/spargianas

 

 

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Supply Chain Trends of 2017

At the end of 2016, Forbes published an article by Steve Banker identifying supply chain trends to follow in 2017. Now, halfway through 2017, OWIT International’s supply chain experts will discuss some of these trends, including Donald Trump and the “Made in America” supply chain, how e-commerce is or is not reshaping the face of logistics, and automation reducing logistics employees. Join us as we discuss which of these trends are coming to pass, how they are likely to affect trade and business, and what to do about them.

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Brexit: Status and Implications for UK Trade Partners

In June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. While the actual “exit” has yet to happen, the effects on the United Kingdom and its trading partners has already been seen. The impact on UK-EU Trade has already been very real and will be more important to understand if Brexit continues. This webinar will discuss this historic decision, what to expect next, and the legal and policy issues Brexit raises for the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the UK’s non-European trading partners.

 JUNG-UI SUL is an associate solicitor with the UK office of Sidley Austin LLP where she advises corporate, government and non-profit clients on international trade and environmental law matters, with a focus on the EU and the WTO. Jung-Ui will speak on Brexit and trade from the perspective of EU law, in particular the EU’s main models of trade (Single Market, Customs Union, FTAs, etc) and anticipated impact of Brexit on UK trade with the EU and more broadly on world supply chains (cars, garments, medicines, and sugar).

ANDREA EWART is an international trade attorney and owner/founder of DevelopTradeLaw, LLC which focuses on the trade issues that impact governments and companies in developing counties and emerging markets. Andrea is also the current President of OWIT International. Andrea will discuss the implications of Brexit on African-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) countries, including historical ties between Britain and African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) countries, UK-ACP trading arrangements & impact of Brexit, and some possible ways forward for post-Brexit UK-ACP trading arrangements.

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Why Trade Matters

 Why Trade Matters 

with Speakers 

Jean-Pierre Lehmann

 

Marion Jansen 

 

 

With anti-trade rhetoric on the rise and the re-evaluation of major trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and NAFTA, many are questioning the importance of trade. Join OWIT International in this Webinar to hear why trade still matters, from noted speakers Jean-Pierre Lehmann and Marion Jansen.

 

 

 

Continue the conversation! For one week after the webinar, please join us on OWIT International’s LinkedIn group (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/56895) to continue to ask questions to Professor Lehmann and Doctor Jansen about Why Trade Matters and engage with fellow OWIT Members around the world. To view the Webinar after the airing, please visit our LinkedIn site to purchase the Webinar.

 

 

 

PROFESSOR JEAN-PIERRE LEHMANN is Professor Emeritus of International Political Economy at IMD and visiting professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Hong Kong University and at NIIT University in Neemrana, Rajasthan, India. His areas of special interest include globalization, global governance, trade and development, the role of business in reduction of poverty and inequality and the soci-economic, cultural, and business dynamics of Asia. He acts in various leading capacities in a number of public policy institutes and organizations, as an adviser to governments and corporations, and as a frequent commentator in the international media. He is the author of several books and numerous articles and papers primarily dealing with globalization, modern East Asian history and East Asia and the international political economy.

 

 

MARION JANSEN is the Chief Economist of the International Trade Centre. She previously served as a counsellor in the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the World Trade Organization and as one of the co-ordinators of the WTO Chairs Programme. From early 2009 to September 2012, she led the International Labour Office’s Programme on Trade and Employment. She has co-edited a number of volumes on the theme globalization and employment including “Trade and Employment: From Myths to Facts.” She holds lead roles in international research networks on the use of economics in international economic law, on non-tariff measures in the context of trade and on employment effects of different policy instruments. Marion Jansen holds a PHD in economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and lectures at the University of Geneva and the World Trade Institute

 

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TRADE, TAX & BEYOND: NAVIGATING THE 2017 U.S. AGENDA

                                                         

     
“TRADE, TAX & BEYOND: NAVIGATING THE 2017 U.S. AGENDA“  

 

Within his first two weeks in office, President Trump signed an Executive Order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and launched talks to re-negotiate NAFTA. Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress is considering corporate tax reform with a controversial Border Adjustment Tax provision that could potentially impact importers.

Please join OWIT International for this special international trade talk webinar program where our experts will discuss:

  • What these measures mean 
  • Possible implications for supply chains
  • Considerations for importers
 
Panelists
 
 
 

Nicole Bivens Collinson, President, International Trade & Government Relations, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

 

Dawn Levy O'Donnell, Owner, D Squared Tax Strategies

 

Rachelle B. Bernstein, Vice President and Tax Counsel, National Retail Federation

 

Moderated by: Angela Marshall Hofmann, President, World Strategies, LLC

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Doing Business in Africa: Discovering a Region Rich in Opportunity

 

U.S. companies, both large and small, are increasingly “going global” given that the majority of the world’s consumers are located outside the United States, U.S. exports tend to yield greater profit margins, and exporting enables companies to diversify their sales markets and reduce economic risks. Greater access to government financing opportunities, an increased ability to sell via the internet, and the growing number of Free Trade Agreements have made entry into foreign markets easier than ever before. Africa falls squarely in line with other countries and regions around that world that offer significant opportunities and advantages for U.S. firms; however, Africa is often passed over or merely overlooked by many U.S. companies—a mistake that their foreign competitors in Europe and China do not often make.

Please join OWIT International in this trade talk series webinar panel program, where we will discussthe African opportunity and key strategies for successfully accessing the African regional market including:

 

  • Overview: Understanding the Africa Opportunity
  • How to access the resources you need for business success including building your network of Solution Providers
  • Tips & strategies positioning your company for greater success in the Africa market
  • International market analysis: “Kenya: A land rich in opportunity”
  • Plus, a special presentation on women in international trade by OWIT Nairobi, Kenya, the first chapter in Africa of the Organization for Women in International Trade!

 

Special Guest Speakers:

 

 

 Leland Clegg

 

 President, Africa Business Portal

 As the president of Africa Business Portal (ABP), Lee Clegg has spent the last seven years immersed in the world of US – Africa business. Building on a foundation of more than 25 years owning and operating his own successful small business, Lee has been able to bring a unique perspective for helping SMEs find success in the African market through an innovative network of Solution Providers.

 

  Sheila Kariuki

 

 Founder, Chief Executive, Resource Associates Limited, Kenya

 

Sheila Kariuki is the Chief Executive at Resource Associates Limited, a Kenyan-owned Human Resource Consultancy firm. Sheila specializes in Executive talent search, organizational development and works with Senior Executive teams of multi-national and large companies in developing their leadership competencies.

    

 Frida A. Owinga

 

Chairperson, OWIT Nairobi, Kenya, CEO & Founder of Passion Profit, Limited.

Frida A. Owinga is President OWIT Nairobi, Kenya Chapter, and CEO & Founder of Passion Profit Limited, a School of Entrepreneurship designed to help aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to develop skills and acquire tools to create, manage and grow successful world class organizations. Her specialties include: Entrepreneurial training and coaching, Leadership and Management Training, Executive Coaching, Aligning people and processes for optimum results, Peak Performance Coaching, Operational Excellence, Team Dynamics, and Instructional Design & Development

 

 COST:

OWIT Members:  $25.00

Non-Members:  $40.00

 

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How To Do Successful Business in Brazil

“With 3,290,000 square miles, bordering 10 other countries and with 4,650 miles of coastline, Brazil is the largest country in Latin America and also the largest economy. Brazil’s population of 202 million is the fifth largest in the world, representing nearly 3 percent of global consumers. As a BRICS member country, Brazil has the highest per capita income of the BRICS, with more than half of its population defined as middle-class and is a leader among emerging markets. Brazil is considered by many multi-national companies as an essential market for truly global businesses!”

 

Please join OWIT International & OWIT Mexico City with the Mexico-Brazil Chamber of Commerce for this special international trade talk webinar program where we will discuss:

 

Ø Understanding Brazil for your Cross-Cultural Business Success

 

Ø How to Work with Brazil’s Trade and Services Barriers and What You Need to Know

 

Ø Brazil’s Top Opportunities for Global Businesses

 

Ø Plus key tips, suggestions and advice to plan your market entry: A Guide to a Strategic Approach!

 

Special Guest Speaker

 

 

Miguel Ruiz

 

President, Mexico - Brazil Chamber of Commerce (CAMEBRA)

 

 

MIGUEL RUIZ BIO 

 

Actually: 

 

  • Mexico - Brazil  Latin America Council- President

  • Mexico - Brazil Chamber of Commerce (CAMEBRA) -President

  • Sabin Metal Corporation- Managing Director Latin America & Caribbean

  • International Precious Metals Institute – International Member

  • Mexican Philanthropy Center CEMEFI-Adviser

  • Bramecorp Mexico S.A. de C.V. &  Cax do Brasil Ltda. Founder and shareholder

     

    Previously: 

  • CANACINTRA( Manufacturers National Chamber México) - Foreign Affairs Commission  President

  • ACCBL (Latin American Chambers of Commerce Association)-Executive Vice President

  • Protexa Industries (Plastics and Oil Services Division) Mexico– Managing Director

  • Armor Cote of Corpus Christi Inc. Texas- President

  • Vitro Group (Chemicals and Fibers Divsion).Mexico - International Director

  • Foreign Trade Mexican Council COMCE ( Dominican Republic-Mexico Committee)-President

  • Glass Manufacturers Chapter- CANACINTRA- President

  • Glass Industry Mexico for NAFTA-Adviser

  • Mexico´s Mining Chamber and Chemical Association-Adviser

     

     Studies:

  • MBA – ITAM Mexico

  • Specialization Courses

    • Sales and Marketing Texas University at Austin.

    • Foreign Trade- Fairleigh Dickinson University

    • Chemistry for non Chemical Executives-Duke University

  • Major Business Administration- Tepeyac University-Mexico

     

    Educational Activities:

  • International Business  – MBA and Master in International Business ITAM

  • International Marketing – MBA ITAM & Tepeyac University

  • How to Export – National Bank of Foreign Trade Mexico (BANCOMEXT) & PROMEXICO.

  • Speaker at Brazilian Universities and Associations

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Negotiating Southeast Asia: The Cultural Considerations for Successful Business in Southeast Asia

“Located at the center of the dynamic Asia-Pacific region, ASEAN has a population of 626 million with an economy valued at $2.4 trillion. ASEAN is the second-fastest growing Asian economy (after China). It has grown by 300% since 2001 and has exceeded average global growth for the past 10 years. 67 million households in ASEAN states boast annual income that allows them to more than provide for their basic needs. These households have joined a class of global consumers. This could almost double to 125 million households by 2025. As such, ASEAN is and will continue to be an important consumer market.”


Please join OWIT International in this trade talk series webinar program, where we will discuss:


  • Understanding the aspects of business etiquette in Asian culture such as greetings, dining, and so on.

  • Strategies for communicating with your Asian clients including the manners and rules in conducting business meetings, negotiations, follow ups in both written and spoken format. Also, clues of being accepted and trusted by your Asian clients.

  • Marketing & Branding: Leveraging localized marketing and branding endeavors, such as translation of written documents and interpretation of verbal communications, strategies, etc.

  • Plus, tips for avoiding the pitfalls: what you should do and NOT do in dealing with your Asian clients!


 

Special Guest Speaker:



Mary Chen


President, Chen Language Services™, LLC


 


Mary Chen has over 20 years of experience in providing translation, interpretation, language instruction as well as cultural consulting services both in China and the United States. She is the 1st ATA (American Translators Association) certified English-Chinese translator in North Carolina and has successfully assisted hundreds of organizations in doing business with Asia, including several Fortune 500 companies. Her experience encompasses dozens of industries and professions such as government, education, manufacturing as well as business.


 


Ms. Chen has been a past board member of the Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters (CATI) and the National Association of Asian American Professionals RTP Chapter (NAAAP-RTP). She is a current board member of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) Great Triangle Chapter.


 


Ms. Chen has a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and a bachelor’s degree from Anhui University in China.

 

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International Trade Compliance: The ABC’S of Customs Seizures - PLUS Top 10 Tips to Ensure Import Compliance!

In FY 2015, 28,865 seizures were for underlying Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) violations. The MSRP of the goods seized was $1,352,495,341! IPR enforcement is a priority trade initiative for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the detention and seizure process is a complicated one. If your merchandise is detained and/or seized, you have options. Learn exactly how you should respond from an expert in Customs and International Trade issues.

 

 

 

In this webinar you’ll learn all about the “detention” and “seizure” process, FP&F, Filing a Petition, Supplemental Petition, and/or Claim and Cost Bond. Learn key best practices and hear real life case studies. Learn what to do, and more importantly, what NOT to do, and what the consequences are for non-compliance. The speaker will also share with you the Top 10 Tips When Importing to Ensure Compliance.

 

 

 

Please join OWIT International in this trade talk webinar program, which will include:

 

  • What is Pre-Compliance mean and why it is important
  • Why it is important to be protecting your Intellectual Property Rights
  • The basic Customs concepts and terms that you should know
  • What to do if you encounter a CBP detention and/or seizure case
  • Plus, top 10 tips when importing to ensure compliance!

 

                                          Special Guest Speaker:

 

 

Jennifer Diaz, Esq.

 

 V.P. OWIT International, Board Certified International Attorney,

 

 Diaz Trade Law, P.A.

 

Jennifer Diaz is the founder of Diaz Trade Law, a law firm specializing in Customs and International trade law.   Jennifer is a Board Certified International Attorney and professional speaker considered an expert in international law by the Florida Bar. She is results oriented and regularly assists clients with issues relating to the import and export of merchandise to and from the United States and expediting supply chains with robust pre-compliance programs. Ms. Diaz is an expert in working with the many Federal agencies that regulate trade, including the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). Ms. Diaz is the editor of the prominent Customs and International Trade Law Blog, http://www.customsandinternationaltradelaw.com and author of the Top 10 Tips When Importing/Exporting. Email Jennifer (info@diaztradelaw.com) for your free copy today.     

 

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Negotiating Latin America: Tips & Strategies for Successful Cross-Cultural Business in Latin Amercia

“More than half of the United States’ FTA partners are in Latin America. These 11 economies – Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru – all have a rapidly growing base of middle-class consumers and diversifying industries. The United States’ FTA partners in Latin America offer a unique combination of similar language and business cultures. In addition to low or zero tariff rates on merchandise, FTAs increase transparency, improve the business environment for services and government procurement, and reduce market access barriers in areas such as intellectual property rights, standards, and customs procedures. These countries also have made clear commitments to opening their markets and integrating supply chains with the United States.”

 

Please join OWIT International for this trade talk webinar program where we will discuss:

 

  • How to develop an international framework for understanding Latin American cultures that will increase your success in cross-cultural business negotiations

  • Provide international business development strategies for working cross-culturally in Latin American countries

  • Tips and suggestions for Spanish language learning to improve your business communications

 

 

 

Special Guest Speaker:

 

 

 

 

Julie Dahl, PhD.

 

Director of Language Programs, Division of Continuing Studies

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

        

 

         Julie Dahl has a Ph.D. in Spanish with a minor in Portuguese. She has been training adults about Hispanic cultures and teaching language for over 20 years and has lived and worked in a number of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries. She currently directs the Spanish Language Enrichment Program for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and leads the Online Business Spanish Certificate Program.

 

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International Payments & Receivables: Getting Paid with a Global Export Credit Management Strategy

"Exporting means greater opportunities and greater profit potential but also entails greater risks. Although the environment for international trade has changed substantially over the years, the risks that all exporters face when selling their products and services in other countries essentially remain the same. How to manage export risk is a process of thinking systematically about all possible undesirable outcomes before they happen and then setting up procedures that will either avoid or minimize these risks in order to help you cope with their impact."

 

 Join OWIT International in this trade talk series webinar program where we will discuss getting paid with a solid export credit management practice, including:
  • The risks of NOT having an solid credit management practice
  • Steps you can take to minimize and avoid the risk of collections and payment issues with your foreign buyers
  • The competitive advantages of having a credit strategy
  • Tips on how to assess your own credit management strategy
  • Plus, Case Study Video: An exporting company discusses how they use their credit management strategy to their advantage!
Special Guest Speakers:
 



Melanie Carter
Account Manager, Export Development Canada
 
As one of EDC's Senior Small Business Account Managers, Mélanie Carter has spent the last eight years talking to Canadian companies every day about the challenges they face in breaking into international markets. She shares her expertise through multiple channels, including various EDC videos/webinars, demonstrating in practical ways how companies can grow their sales. Together with her knowledge of trade finance, her network in the financial community, and her skills in credit risk management, Carter works with small businesses to help them free up working capital and seize international opportunities with confidence. Carter joined EDC in 2005 following completion of a bachelor's degree at Ottawa University and Universtié Laval.



Andrea Ewart
President, OWIT International

Andrea is an international trade attorney operating her own firm, DevelopTradeLaw, LLC. A Jamaican national and US-trained trade attorney/trade policy expert, Andrea brings to her practice 20 years of experience in economic development, her expertise in applying international trade rules to find practical business solutions, and a particular interest and focus on the impact of trade policy on women and on micro enterprises. Prior to opening her firm, she worked with the law firm of Holland & Knight LLP, and before that in the non-profit international development sector. 

 

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International Credit & Risk Mitigation 2.0: How to Create a Risk Mitigation Strategy for Your Global Growth & Success

The environment of international business exposes a global company to many additional factors and risks with one standing above all the rest: Credit Risk. With accounts receivables being one of the most important assets of a business whether small, medium or large……..a credit default by a foreign customer, could have detrimental effects,  if not even be disastrous to the overall health and success of the business!”

Please join OWIT International in this trade talk series webinar program, where we will discuss international credit and risk mitigation and how to create your own strategy, including:

  • Overview of a cross-border transactions and how structuring them is both more risky and more complex than domestic transactions.

  • How top management can set the stage for success through agreement on a core set of strategies.

  • Plus, tactics you can use to create your own risk mitigation strategy for international global sales growth and success!

Special Guest Speaker:

 

 

Brett Tarnet

 MBA, CGBP, Brett Tarnet Insurance Services  

 

Brett Tarnet has been the owner of Brett Tarnet Insurance Services since 2004.  The company specializes in Trade Credit (Receivables) insurance. The Export Import Bank of the United States has awarded Brett Tarnet Insurance Services the Broker of the Year Award twice, most recently in 2014.  The company is in the ranks of top ten ExIm brokers.  Brett Tarnet Insurance Services’ clients are small and mid-sized businesses in the Western United States.  The Company offers an array of trade credit insurance solutions, including ExIm Bank, and private market underwriters.

Brett has acted as adjunct professor at California State University Northridge, teaching export management, senior level thesis course.  She has been an active Valley International Trade Association Board member since 2009.

Brett enjoyed a successful career in marketing and operations prior to becoming an export credit insurance broker, working for industrial and technology products companies.  Brett has an MBA (Finance) from UCLA’s Anderson School (2001), and Bachelor’s Degree from California Lutheran University, in Marketing (1994)  She graduated from CLU Summa Cum Laude (highest honors).  She is also a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP), certified in 2013, and 2016 recipient of the CICP (Certified International Credit Professional) designation for FCIB (Finance Credit and International Business division of NACM).

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The SheTrades Initiative: Connect One Million Women Entrepreneurs to Markets

 

 "SheTrades is an initiative to connect one million women to markets by 2020. The SheTrades web and mobile application provides women entrepreneurs across the world a unique platform. At SheTrades, women entrepreneurs are able to share information about their companies, increase visibility, expand networks, connect and internationalise."

 

In this special international webinar program on the ITC and women and trade program where we will discuss

 

:* Overview of the  ITC and their Women and Trade Programme

 

* What is the SheTrades Initiative?

 

* What are the roles of corporations, government institutions and international organizations under the SheTrades Initiative?

 

* What the ITC and its partners are already doing to connect  with1 million women entrepreneurs to market

 

.* Lastly, how the SheTrades platform is connecting women's business enterprises to buyers, and how you can benefit by joining this tool!

 

 



 

 
Guest Speaker: Vanessa Erogbogbo, Women & Trade Programme, International Trade Centre

 

Vanessa Erogbogbo specialises in trade, entrepreneurship and Small & Medium Enterprises, with a focus on women owned businesses. As head of the International Trade Centre's (ITC) flagship Women and Trade Programme, she leads a team working across a diverse range of developing countries to design and implement projects and innovative initiatives that promote inclusive trade through greater participation of women in the global economy.

 

Vanessa has previously worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), where she played a lead role in developing and delivering on the IFC's strategy to increase access to financial services for women entrepreneurs, and prior to that with Standard Chartered Bank, generating new corporate business and managing a multi-million dollar credit portfolio of companies representing a variety of industries.She is a co-author of several books including the "Gender Responsive Investment Handbook" published by the Commonwealth Secretariat and "Unlocking Markets for Women to Trade" published by ITC. She is a member of the United Nations Global Compact/UN Women backed Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) awards committee and alternate member of the WEPs leadership group. In her spare time she has been a Tedx speaker and academic supervisor.  


Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University and an MBA from the London Business School.  


For more information about the SheTrades Initiative, please visit their website at


  www.shetrades.com

 

 


 

 

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Trade Facilitation & Trade Enforcement Act of 2015: Understanding & Navigating The New Legislation

“President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 into law on February 24, 2016. The Act is a culmination of negotiations on trade priorities and Customs procedures that have been discussed in Congress since last summer. President Obama was quick to sign the Act into law and has touted it as an important tool for U.S. intellectual property protection. It covers a wide range of topics from duty evasion to modernizing and streamlining procedures at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), as well as changes to IP protection.”  

In this OWIT International trade talk series webinar program, we will discuss:

    • What does this all mean? - Understanding the key provisions and timing of implementation.
    • Is Your Company Ready? - Assessing impact and compliance needs within your company and with your external partners (brokers, etc.).
    • What's next? - Recommendations, best practices, and next steps to stay in front of the new legislation.
    • Q&A


 

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Our Presenter: Jessica Libby

Director, Trade & Customs, KPMG, LLP

 

Jessica held various senior level global trade compliance and supply chain roles in private industry for a Fortune 500 retailer.  She worked as an international trade consultant for a customs and trade law firm, and was an attorney with the International Trade Administration in Washington, D.C.

 

Jessica's diverse customs, supply chain and legal background gives her valuable insight into the strategic and operational complexities U.S. importers face, and the opportunities available to them. She possesses extensive experience with import compliance, trade remedies, duty recoveries, and U.S. Customs & Border Protection operations.

 

Jessica worked for one of the largest U.S. importers, leading its Importer Self-Assessment initiative, $18M+ First Sale program, and overall trade strategy efforts.

Before joining KPMG, she led antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, prepared and conducted import compliance training, and partnered closely with U.S. Customs on key initiatives.

Examples of Jessica's experience include:

  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive antidumping compliance program to address risk and provide awareness to trade remedy exposure.
  • Leading an Importer Self-Assessment program, including annual reporting requirements and recertification processes with U.S. Customs.
  • Establishing key processes, internal knowledge, and systems to support the progression and success of a First Sale program from $2M to $18M+. 
  • Leading on-site foreign supplier antidumping verifications, import compliance and social compliance audits.
  • Partnering with U.S. Customs to develop the simplified entry pilot, International Trade Data System (ITDS) single window concept, and Lacey Act implementation.
  • Conducting internal and supplier training in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Dubai and Istanbul on import compliance, country of origin marking, antidumping, and other customs-related topics.

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Women & Minority Owned Businesses: How to Finance Your International Exports


International Webinar Program with the Export-Import Bank of the United States

 

“WOMEN & MINORITY OWNED BUSINESSES: HOW TO FINANCE YOUR INTERNATIONAL EXPORTS“ 

 

  • How to turn export-related inventory, works in progress, accounts receivables and expected cash flow into CASH you can use TODAY.

  • Expand your Business' access to financing by covering standby letters of credit which your business can use for performance or bid bonds

  • Lastly, tips, suggestions & strategies to help you grow your international sales, worldwide!

Special Guest Speakers:

  •  

Xiomara Creque-Bromberg, Export Finance Manager in the Office of Minority and Women Owned Businesses of Export-Import Bank’s Small Business Group.  

 

Andrea Ewart, President of Organization of Women in International Trade                                                               

 Xiomara Creque-Bromberg currently serves as an export finance manager in the Office of Minority and Women Owned Businesses of Ex-Im Bank's Small Business Group, playing an integral role in cultivating and managing relationships with interest groups and organizations that represent minority, women and Hispanic businesses. She previously served as a regional director for the Americas/Eastern Europe with supervisory responsibility in Ex-Im Bank's Global Business Development Division, leading successful overseas marketing efforts for the bank and working with numerous high-ranking U.S. government and cabinet officials. Ms. Creque-Bromberg has been featured in numerous media outlets, including CNN’s “Dinero,” Global Trade Review andWashingtonian. A graduate of Bernard Baruch College (CUNY) with a degree in international marketing, Ms. Creque-Bromberg is married and resides in the Washington, D.C. area.

Andrea Ewart, president of OWIT International (2016-2017 term), is an international trade attorney currently operating her own firm, DevelopTradeLaw, LLC. In this role, she utilizes her 20 years’ of expertise in economic development, the application of international trade rules for practical business solutions, and a strong interest on the impact of trade policy on women and on micro enterprises. Previously, Ms. Ewart worked with the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Holland & Knight LLP, where she counseled and represented clients on U.S. customs law and enforcement, U.S. export control laws, and African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) and Caribbean Basin Initiatives (CBI) preferential programs. An attorney admitted to practice in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and before the U.S. Supreme Court, she lectures regularly before university, business, civic, and professional groups and publishes articles on international and trade law issues.  

 

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Cross-Cultural Communication: Strategies for Increased Success Negotiating Around the World

This is a special international trade talk Webinar on cross-cultural communication where we will discuss….

  • “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, the importance of cultural adaptation and yet in an increasingly globalized world, the need for cross-cultural understanding has never been more essential to our success in life, both personally and professional
  • Why international business deals fail not so much because of external factors – economics, technology, and politics – but because of a lack of cultural understanding between the two sides.
  •  Why understanding cultural differences is more than knowing the typical list of “do’s and don’ts” concerning cultural taboos
  • What some of the most critical cultural differences are and how they are tied to issues of identity, authority, risk, achievement, time and communication styles.
  • Key tips and strategies in how to apply these cultural differences so you can negotiate more successfully with your foreign customers around the world.

 

  

Our Presenter:  Douglas Cohen


For more than twenty years, Douglas Cohen has been at the forefront of international trade and transactions. With senior positions in private law practice, IATA, the European Union, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the global airline industry, Mr. Cohen has developed substantial expertise in global trade compliance, customs, international and government contracts, anti-trust, intellectual property, aviation/aerospace, and EU law and policy.


Douglas is currently in the role as Senior Manager for Global Trade and Contracts at Worldwide Trade and Legal Associates (WWTL), where he provides legal and strategic counsel to companies seeking to develop and expand foreign markets. In addition, Mr. Cohen directs the Compliance Training division at WWTL, where he works with companies to create and improve their corporate training programs in import-export compliance, export control, data privacy, antitrust, and intellectual property. Major clients include leaders in aerospace, aviation, information technology, software, semiconductors, and telecomm.

In addition to his work with WWTL, he has been asked to teach and train his expertise globally.  He has authored numerous publications, webinars, and training DVDs in the fields of import-export compliance, international negotiations, foreign market entry, cross-cultural communications, Internet law, and intellectual property 

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Trade Talk on New IMO Requirements for Verified Container Weights

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted new regulations under the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) requiring shippers to provide a verified weight for every packed container as a condition for vessel loading. These new requirements, already a part of U.S. law, become effective worldwide on July 1, 2016. International trade will suffer if by that date shippers, carriers and terminal operators are unable to load packed containers onto ships because proper, verified container weights (VCW) have not been provided, transmitted, received and used per the SOLAS regulations.

The Association of Women in International Trade and the Organization of Women in International Trade invite you to take part in this important and timely discussion of these new regulations and their impact on your business and operations.

 Click here for a a recent article written by WIIT President-Elect Evelyn Suarez discussing these upcoming changes.

Featuring:  

Lars Kjaer
Senior Vice President, World Shipping Council (WSC)

Kjaer brings a particularly valuable voice to this discussion, as he was directly involved in the IMO process resulting in the new SOLAS requirements. WSC members are responsible for approximately 90% of global liner ship capacity, providing approximately 400 regularly scheduled services linking the continents of the world. Collectively, these services transport about 60% of the annual US $4 trillion value of global seaborne trade.

and

Bruce Carlton
President & CEO, National Industrial Transportation League (NITL)

Carlton brings the important perspective of global shippers to this discusion. The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL), the nation's oldest and largest freight transportation association, has served as the voice of shippers since 1907. Whether it is by rail, motor carriage, ocean transport or air commerce, NITL is a proven leader in representing shippers’ interests.

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Access and Opportunities to the US Market for African Goods

This webinar shares legal do's & don'ts for African products entering the US market on a duty-free basis using the African Growth & Opportunities Act, with a special focus on the proper entry of apparel goods.

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Marketing Globally With Social Media

Chamika Ailapperuma, a digital strategy consultant and entrepreneur, discusses how to successfully use social media cross-culturally to build and amplify digital presence, whether for your personal brand or your organizational brand.

Chamika’s presentation covers the following topics:

  • Has marketing globally changed with the evolution of the Internet and social media?

  • What does brand mean in today’s global marketplace?

  • Mapping today’s social media landscape

  • Cross-cultural considerations with social media

  • Top 5 foundations for social media success

  • Measuring social media’s return on investment

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The New Aerospace and Defense Industry Standards for Export Controls

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has released its first Trade Control Compliance Standard TCS001: document marking, storage, and electronic transmission of technical data. This webinar, delivered by the leaders who helped to write TCS001, teaches how to implement TCS001 into your management/quality system.

KPMG and SXBTCI personnel (leaders of the AIA drafting team) discuss how this standard can assist organizations in assuring compliance throughout the supply chain. Quality and Compliance Managers can learn how to effectively implement this vital National Aerospace Standard with their management and quality systems.

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Canadian Customs Valuation

On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, Laura Murray and Sabrina Bandali spoke about Canadian Customs Valuation Considerations for Non-Resident Importers. The topics covered were: Responsibilities of Non-Resident Importers Methods of Customs Valuation Importer's Burden of Proof and Best Practices for Record Keeping Establishing Lack of Influence in Related Party Transactions Post-Importation Compliance - Corrections, Refunds, and Treatment of Transfer Pricing Adjustments Presenters: Laura A. Murray Associate Bennett Jones LLP Laura Murray has an international trade and investment law practice. She represents client interests in connection with trade remedy matters, particularly in connection with dumping and subsidy investigations conducted by the Canada Border Services Agency and Canadian International Trade Tribunal. She also provides strategic advice on matters relating to customs compliance, tariff classification, Canadian economic sanctions, and the Agreement on Internal Trade. Laura's experience includes representing the interests of Chinese exporters and the government of the People’s Republic of China. Sabrina A. Bandali Associate Bennett Jones LLP Sabrina Bandali practices international trade, regulatory and investment law. She represents Canadian and international clients in matters relating to trade remedies, customs and investment disputes. She also provides strategic advice related to anti-corruption and regulatory compliance issues. Sabrina is a tenacious advocate for her clients and has participated in hearings at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, including the Commercial List.