Course Description:

This 2-day seminar is designed to assist companies that import commercial shipments into the United States to better understand their obligations to take reasonable care in conducting business with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other government agencies. The Customs Modernization Act has placed responsibility on the importer for proper entry, classification, valuation, and marking of imported merchandise. Failure to comply can result in penalties and fines, and in some cases both civil and/or criminal penalties. In addition, failure to comply with proper recordkeeping can result in other penalties.

Bonus Materials:
Each attendee will receive the 2015 Edition reference book titled "Import Documentation and Procedures" by Jan Seal; and workshop materials (valued up to $79).

This seminar will help companies in understanding the General Rules of Interpretation to classify their products to determine admissibility and proper duties, taxes, or other fees. The regulations covering the methods of valuation of merchandise are covered so goods can be entered under the correct amount with proper additions or deductions. plus many more topics as listed in the agenda.

The seminar is also a good review course for those individuals studying to take the U.S. Customs Border Protection Broker's Exam and also a refresher course for those already licensed as Customhouse brokers.

Who Will Benefit:

  • Importers
  • Exporters
  • Freight Forwarders/Customhouse Brokers


  • Purchasing
  • Accounting
  • Contracts
  • Logistics
  • Warehouse
  • Transportation
  • Legal

Course Outline:

Day 1 (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM) Day 2 (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
  • 8:30 – 9:00 AM: Registration
  • 9:00 AM: Session Start Time
  • 9:00 – 9:30 : U. S. Customs and Border Protection Organization
    • History
    • Current Role of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    • Customs Modernization Act and Impact on Importer
      • Shared Responsibility
      • Informed Compliance
      • Reasonable Care
      • Role of the Customs Broker
      • Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)
  • 9:30 - 11:30: The Entry Process
    • Consumption Entry
    • Other Types of Entries:
      • In-Bond Entries
      • Informal Entries
      • Appraisement Entries
      • Warehouse Entries
      • Temporary Importations (TIBs)
      • Drawback Entries
      • Reconciliation Entries
      • Foreign Trade Zones
    • Documentation for entry
    • Surety Bonds
    • Post Entry Amendments
    • Liquidation
    • Protests
    • Prior Disclosures
  • 11:30 - 12:00: Customs Entry Workshop #1
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM: Lunch
  • 1:00 - 1:30: Completion of Workshop #1
  • 1:30 - 2:00: Intellectual Property Rights
    • Copyrights
    • Trademarks
    • Trade Names
  • 2:00 - 3:30: Country of Origin Marking
    • Normal Trade Relations Regulations
    • Preferential Trade Regulations
  • 3:30 - 4:00: Country of Origin Marking Workshop #2
  • 4:00 - 4:30: Final Question and Answers
  • 8:30 - 9:00 AM: Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS)
    • History and Structure of HTS
  • 9:00 - 10:00: General Rules of Interpretation 1 through 3
  • 10:00 - 11:00: HTS Workshop #1
  • 11:00 - 11:30: General Rules of Interpretation 4-6
    • U.S. Rule of Interpretation l(a) through 1(d)
  • 11:30 - 12:00: Customs Binding Rulings
    • Customs Rulings Online Search System (CROSS)
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM: Lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM: Valuation of Merchandise
    • Methods of Valuation
    • Related Party Transactions
    • Additions to Value
    • Deductions to Value
  • 2:00 - 3:00: Valuation Workshop #2
  • 3:00 - 3:30: Record keeping Requirements and Penalties
  • 3:30 - 4:15: Other Programs and Initiatives
    • Focused Assessments (audits)
    • Importer Self-Assessment Program
    • Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
    • Centers of Excellence and Expertise
    • Importer Security Filing (10+2)
  • 4:15 - 4:30 PM: Final Questions and Answers

Meet Your Instructor

Jan Seal
International Trade Consultant

Jan Seal is a Management Consultant on International Trade and a Licensed Customhouse Broker with over 35 years of experience in imports and exports. Ms. Seal is a frequent speaker/instructor at nation-wide seminars and webinars for international companies located around the world and international trade organizations. She is also a consultant for medium to multi-national companies on trade compliance. She has taught courses for Import Specialist at the U.S. National Customs Academy.

She is the author of six books on various international trade topics available on Amazon. One of her books is titled: "Import Documentation and Procedures".

She received her BA Degree from California State University at Fullerton with a year of post-graduate work in Education at the University of California, Riverside.

She received her MBA at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and is a member of Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society in Business Administration.

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