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  • ACE Reports for Exports Webinar Recording see more

    ACE Reports for Exports

    (purchase includes a copy of the webinar recording + presentation slides)

    In this session, we will look at ACE Reports and show how you can use them to monitor your AES filing and export compliance activities. This will include how to access ACE reports, how to customize reports, and how you can analyze the data to manage your compliance and reduce your risk of penalties.


    SPEAKER
    Paulette Kolba

    Paulette is an experienced Export Compliance Professional specializing in the development, implementation and monitoring of export compliance and Federal Maritime Commission programs for freight forwarders. 

    She advocates for freight forwarder interests in the development and updating of U.S. Government export control regulations, while at the same time working to continuously improve training and education within the forwarding industry, both through trade associations and independently.

    She is the founding member of the NCBFAA Export Compliance Sub-Committee and is actively involved with the NCBFAA Educational Institute, the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association and the Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders.

     

    This event originally aired on August 10, 2021.

  • Weekend Update with Cameron Roberts & Keith Sanchez Webinar Recording see more

    Weekend Update with Cameron Roberts & Keith Sanchez

    (purchase includes a copy of the webinar recording + presentation slides)

    We are talkin’ trends in Transportation & Trade - What you need to know, think you know, but probably don’t know!
     

    • Mega Ships, Mega Claims, Mega Headaches & the sideways Suez
       
    • Surety Snippets: Tricks you should know... Collateral Reduction and reversing bond insufficiency, really?
       
    • Brokers E&O hazards: New Claims, IOR Expectations, Broker’s Promises, Reasonable Care, Broker’s duties and fiduciary responsibilities
       
    • Warehouse Emissions Reg, AB5 Reversal and the Port Bad Boy list
       
    • Cyber yourself. It’s time.
       

    Join Cameron and Keith as they review some new trends, tricks, and takeaways.


    Cameron W. Roberts, Partner
    Cameron Roberts is a partner at Roberts & Kehagiaras LLP in Long Beach, California, with more than thirty years of experience in international trade. His practice areas include customs law, export compliance, domestic and international transportation law, maritime law, trade and insurance issues. He is a member of numerous customs, international trade, and legal associations. He is a past president of the Foreign Trade Association and Harbor Transportation Club. Mr. Roberts is an adjunct professor at California State University, Long Beach. He is a frequent presenter and author on topics related to his practice areas. He is a licensed customs broker (1989) and former transportation executive. He earned his B.A. degree in political science and international relations from California State University, Long Beach, and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the Seattle University School of Law. Mr. Roberts has qualified as an expert witness in State and Federal courts, and is admitted to practice in California and Washington, the Court of International Trade and before the Federal Maritime Commission.

    Keith Sanchez, Western Divisional Vice President, Avalon Risk
    Keith is a founding partner/owner of Avalon and is now Vice President of our Western Division. He is also a past instructor at the Global Logistics Specialist program offered at California State University – Long Beach. Keith has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Finance from Westminster College.

     

    This event originally aired on August 6, 2021.

  • Export Essentials Webinar Recording see more

    Export Essentials: How Freight Forwarders Work with Federal Partners to Deliver Value to U.S. Exporters

    (includes a copy of the webinar recording + presentation slides)

    With 95 percent of the world’s consumers located outside the United States, companies who export their goods and services are more profitable than those who don’t. But sales to customers outside the United States require additional administrative steps that can pose an obstacle to small businesses ready to enter the global marketplace. That’s where an experienced freight forwarder can make the difference.
     
    Please join the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) and the U.S. Commercial Service in partnership with the Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association (LACBFFA) to learn about government tools, resources, and services available to support U.S. small businesses in exporting their products.

     

                        

     In this webinar, learn how:

    • The U.S. Commercial Service offers information about exporting strategies and world markets, including assistance finding international buyers and partners
    • EXIM provides trade finance tools to help exporters mitigate the risk of nonpayment from their international buyers and access the cash flow needed to fulfill orders
    • Freight forwarders can build on federal programs by providing critical value-added services to their exporting clients 

    Speakers will include:

    • Gregory Moore, Regional Director for the Western Region, Export-Import Bank of the United States
    • Rachid Sayouty, Director of the Los Angeles Downtown USEAC, U.S. Commercial Service
    • Representative, Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association

    The discussion will be followed by a live Q&A session when attendees will have the opportunity ask questions. With 300,000 small business owners embracing exporting as a way to increase revenue, the focus will be on services to help them tap into the international market.

     

    This event originally aired on December 8, 2021.

  • Customs Bonds – Sound Practices for Customs Brokers in a Challenging Time
    Webinar Recording
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    Customs Bonds – Sound Practices for Customs Brokers in a Challenging Time

    (purchase includes a copy of the webinar recording + presentation slides)

    Imports are up, duties & fees are up, issues in the transportation environment are up! As a Customs broker, you are not only required to follow regulations and compliance set forth by CBP, but you also have a customer service obligation to your importers. This program will help you understand the current Customs bond environment, including claims situations, statistics, and underwriting. We will also go over recent potential Errors & Omissions claims as well as Best Practices for 2022.


    Colleen Clarke has been involved in the international trade segment of the insurance field since 1988, and has led various initiatives to improve policies and partnerships between CBP, the surety industry and the trade. Her career in the industry started in 1988 with Washington International Insurance Company, when they were owned by Roanoke.  She held various roles throughout her career, including that of a customs claims adjuster, customs bond underwriter, division manager, marketing director and Vice President.

    Colleen is a Certified Customs Specialist and a licensed insurance broker. Her experience and expertise has assisted customs brokers, importers, insurance agents and Roanoke colleagues through customs and transportation surety bond issues of all kinds.

    Colleen is a member of the American Association of Exporters & Importers Board of Governors and is the co-chair of their customs committee. She also participates in numerous trade associations and is the Roanoke liaison with the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association. She is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Trade Support Network’s Trade Leadership Council and, as a member of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation’s private sector working group, collaborates to promote the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement. Colleen  is past President of the International Trade Surety Association (ITSA) and currently leads the Customs Surety Coalition. She served four years (2009-2012) as an appointed member of the Customs Commercial Operations Advisory Committee (COAC).

     

    Patrice Lafayette joined Roanoke in 2007 and currently is Director, Sales for Roanoke’s Western Division. She is in charge of overseeing operations in the Bond Department, as well as client relations in the Western region of the U.S. Her responsibilities include underwriting, marketing, customer support, managing client relationships and seeking new business opportunities for accounts in her territory. Patrice is a licensed insurance broker in the State of California and is an active participant in numerous California trade associations.

    Prior to joining Roanoke, Patrice gained three years of insurance experience while working for a family-owned insurance agency specializing in small business insurance, as well as life and health insurance. She is a graduate of California State University Northridge and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. Patrice sits on the executive board of directors for the Foreign Trade Association (FTA).

     

    This event originally aired on April 5, 2022.

  • CBP 28’s and Prior Disclosures:  How to Serve & Protect Importers Webinar Recording see more

    CBP 28’s and Prior Disclosures: How to Serve & Protect Importers
    (purchase includes a copy of the webinar recording + presentation slides)

    This 1-hour webinar will go over all of the basics around CBP Form 28’s (Requests for Information) and prior disclosures. It also will advise brokers on how to recognize when a CBP Form 28 is more than a simple inquiry and how to best protect their importer clients from enforcement actions by CBP, whether by handling a CBP Form 28 inquiry appropriately and/or filing a prior disclosure.


    Michael Roll, Partner, Roll & Harris LLP
    Mike is an accomplished international trade lawyer and represents clients in virtually all areas of import-export laws and regulations. He has over 23 years of experience in the private sector and is a former partner of a prominent national law firm. 

    Mike has substantial enforcement experience, representing clients in civil penalty proceedings, prior disclosures, disclosure verifications, Customs investigations, seizures, detentions and liquidated damage cases in industries as diverse as mass merchandising/retailing, telecommunication, electronics, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, toys and textiles.
     
    Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where his studies focused on international business and Latin America. He obtained his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

    Mike is a member of the Illinois and California bars, and is admitted to practice before the Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and the Central District of California.

     

    This event originally aired on April 14, 2022.

  • Leveraging the CATAIR as a Resource Webinar Recording see more

    Leveraging the CATAIR as a Resource
    (purchase includes a copy of the webinar recording + presentation slides)

    The CATAIR (CBP and Trade Automated Interface Requirements) is not just for software vendors. We’ll discuss how the CATAIR can help you as you maneuver through aspects of the entry filing. Although the CATAIR can seem daunting, it is a resource that provides requirements of the technical aspect and guidance where policy does not.
     

    Speakers

    Mari Bermejo – A.N. Deringer, LACBFFA Airport Committee Chair
    Mari Bermejo is a licensed Customs Broker and Branch Manager of A.N. Deringer Inc.’s Los Angeles operation. She currently serves as a Board member of the LACBFFA and is Chair of the Airport Committee.

    Sandy Coty – A.N. Deringer, LACBFFA Chairman of the Board
    Sandra (Sandy) Langford-Coty is the Director of Operational Development at A.N. Deringer. In this position, she strengthens Deringer’s operational efficiencies and compliance as well as increasing customer satisfaction.

     

    This event originally aired on May 18, 2022.

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  • Buying DDP – Understanding and Managing the Compliance Risks (Webinar Recording + Slides) see more

    Buying DDP – Understanding and Managing the Compliance Risks
    (purchase includes a copy of the webinar recording + presentation slides)

    Companies often purchase DDP to avoid the expense and liability of being importer of record. The reality is that problems can arise with the IOR’s “right to make entry” or the admissibility of goods. DDP buyers can also be liable for penalties and duties in certain situations under 19 USC 1592 and the False Claims Act, even though they were not the importer of record. This webinar will identify the risks and ways to mitigate them.
     

    Speaker
    Erik D. Smithweiss, Partner

     

    This event originally aired on Aug 12, 2021.

  • LACBFFA APHIS CORE Webinar Recording see more

    LACBFFA APHIS CORE Webinar
    (purchase includes a copy of the webinar recording + presentation slides)

    This workshop provides an overview on how to prepare for the mandatory APHIS Core filing date on 03/15/2021. Available resources and how to obtain admissibility guidance from USDA. Disclaimer tips and APHIS Core message set filing review.
     

    Speaker
    Sandy Coty, A.N. Deringer, Inc, LACBFFA President

     

    This event originally aired on Mar 24, 2021, at 10:00 AM PDT.

  • Reach hundreds of brokers, forwarders, and other trade industry professionals! see more

    Affiliate Member Advertising Program

    Advertising is a great way to gain additional exposure with customs brokers and freight forwarders. Members and nonmembers alike will see your ad when searching for a broker, forwarder or service provider. 

    Ad must be static, full-color JPG/PNG with dimensions of 1600w x 500h px.

    Submit your artwork to info@lacbffa.org after registering your ad.

    Advertising Location Run Time Member Price Specs
    Website Banner Homepage Slideshow or any available custom page

    1 month

    12 months

    $100/mo

    $1000/yr

    Static JPG, Full Color, 1600x500px
             

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