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08.27.20 Webinar - What Brokers Need to Know About the USMCA

27 Aug 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
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What Brokers Need to Know About the USMCA

Approved for 2 CCS/MCS/CES/MES credits


Cindy Deleon
Founder & Senior Trade Auditor
Deleon Trade LLC
Former CBP Auditor & Asst. Field Director


George Tuttle III
Law Offices of George R. Tuttle, A.P.C.

Thursday, August 27, 2020
Program:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The role of the broker in preparing and presenting USMCA claims can be multifaceted. For many importers,  the USMCA is still a mystery and importers will rely on the Broker to guide them through the process from determining whether a good qualifies to preparing and presenting a valid claim to CBP.  This webinar is designed to assist Brokers in further understanding the USMCA, and providing advice to their clients:

  • Overview of the USMCA Agreement: Resources and Key Provisions
  • Chapter 5: Presenting & filing claims for USMCA
    • Claims at the time of entry
    • Post entry claims
    • Single vs. Blanket Certifications
    • When a USMCA certification is not required
    • How to recognize a good USMCA certification: minimum Data Elements
    • Correcting errors and deficiencies in Certifications
  • How Brokers might assist in responding to CF-28’s and origin verification requests
  • The Role of the Broker in Understanding and advising clients on the USMCA Origin Rules (Chapter 4)
  • Limitations on Drawback and duty deferral Programs under the USMCA

This webinar will be presented by Cindy Deleon of Deleon Trade, LLC., and George Tuttle of Tuttle Law Offices. Cindy Deleon, a former CBP Auditor & Assistant Field Director brings over 25 years of trade compliance and auditing experience. She was a Senior Auditor and Assistant Field Director with CBP's, Regulatory Audit Division in Chicago for 12 years before establishing her own private audit consulting practice, Deleon Trade LLC.  George Tuttle, III is attorney with the San Francisco law firm of Tuttle Law Offices.  He has more than 35 years of experience in advising clients on matters relating to customs law and export compliance, including classification, valuation, country-of-origin, duty exemptions, and Free Trade Agreements, such as NAFTA; prior disclosure and penalty case resolution. 

During the webinar, you will have the opportunity to send in questions to the speaker on the topics under discussion and they will be answered upon completion of the webinar. Instructions necessary to participate, as well as the call-in number for the webinar, will be included in your registration confirmation. You will need to complete the instructions prior to joining the webinar.

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Cindy Deleon, Founder & Senior Trade Auditor

Cindy is the founder of Deleon Trade LLC which is a Customs consulting firm that is primarily comprised of former CBP Auditors.  Cindy and her team utilize their CBP audit experience to assist clients in designing and strengthening internal control programs to ensure U.S. Customs compliance and passing of focused assessments and customs audits.  She works with clients to identify risks in import operations and develop compliance manuals and procedures.  Cindy has prepared prior disclosure quantifications and statistical samples using the same EZ-Quant software used by U.S. Customs, prepared transaction value reconciliations covering multiple types of value adjustments, prepared cost submissions and computed value reconciliations, and conducted comprehensive special trade program reviews in response to U.S. Customs inquiries.  Her technical expertise of the U.S. Customs audit process has helped clients achieve favorable audit results.

Before starting her consulting career in 2007, Cindy served as a Senior Auditor and Assistant Field Director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Regulatory Audit Division in Chicago for 12 years.  While working at U.S. Customs she conducted and supervised multiple focused assessment audits, quick response audits, fraud investigations, free trade agreement reviews, drawback audits, NAFTA audits, and prior disclosure reviews.  In addition, she designed and led the mentoring and recruiting programs for the Chicago field office and conducted advanced training sessions on technical audit issues and special trade program audits.  In addition, she has successfully completed multiple advanced Customs training courses including: Advanced Focused Assessments, Advanced Value, Quick Response Audits, Evaluating Internal Controls (a COSO/SOX based approach), Management Leadership, Advanced Fraud, and Advanced Statistical Sampling.  


B.S., Accounting, DePaul University, 1994 High Honors

Awards & Honors

U.S. Customs Commissioner's Award

National Audit Planning Award

George R. Tuttle, III, Attorney

George Tuttle, III, has over 35 years of experience advising clients and litigating matters relating to classification, valuation, country-of-origin, special duty exemptions, NAFTA, drawback, regulatory audits and compliance assessments, penalties, and broker compliance. He also has extensive experience advising clients on export control and licensing matters and is the author of Distribution Licenses: The License Holder as Policeman and Other Related Issues, Law and Policy of Export Controls, published by the American Bar Association, Section of International Law. George Tuttle has been a frequent speaker on various Customs matters before trade groups and Customs brokers.

Education: Education: St. Mary's College (B.A., 1980); Golden Gate University (J.D., 1983)

Bar Admission: U.S. Court of International Trade; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Memberships: American Bar Association, Section on International Law, and Customs Law Committee; State Bar of California, Section on International Law; National Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association; and American Association of Exporters & Importers

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27 Aug 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm PDT

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