Course Description:

This course will talk about US/Canadian Customs Brokerage.

  • What does a broker do?
  • How can I be sure that all of my legal and regulatory requirements are met?
  • What would I need to cover if I brought brokerage in-house?
  • Who is involved in the brokerage business?
  • Who are the players?
  • What are the rules and regulations that brokers must adhere to?
  • Where can I find the regulations?
  • If I become a Customs Broker what are the transactions I will need to perform?

This course will teach you all of the basics required, the regulations that you must follow, and how to find the next exam site. Corporations, partnerships and associations must have a broker license to transact Customs business. Each of these businesses must have at least one individually licensed officer, partner or associate to qualify the company’s license. To be eligible you must meet certain criteria. This course will cover those requirements.

After you meet the requirements to become a Customs Broker you will need to pass a test given by US Customs and/or CBSA. What if you just want to bring brokerage in house? Do you need to be a licensed broker to complete transactions?

The US/CA and most WTO countries are moving to a one window system for entering and releasing cargo. That requires knowledge above and beyond what data is on a commercial invoice.

This course will teach you about product classification using the harmonized tariff code. You will learn about product compliance, origin marking. You need to have specific documents and data elements. You will need to know who is responsible for what data. Customs has a specific set of rules for claiming the value of a shipment. Learn what transaction value is and how to calculate. Learn what a surety bond is and who needs them.

Could you answer the following questions?

  1. How can you determine if your brokerage costs are correct ? Are you getting what you pay for ? Are there any tools you can use to determine if they are using your EIN/tax identification numbers correctly?
  2. You passed the US Customs Broker Exam, applied for and received your license. You want to conduct business in a port other than your district license covers. What other permit do you need ?
  3. You’re a Canadian citizen who lives in the US and want to conduct Customs business in Canada. The company you work for is incorporated in the US. Can you get a Canadian Brokers License and be your companies Canadian Broker?
  4. Your company has been importing a specific type of product, when you find out no one ever added in the value of the tooling and other packaging costs. What do you do now ?
  5. You have reviewed all the Customs rules and regulations. Learned how to classify products using the Harmonized Tariff Schedule. What other tools can you use to study for a Customs Broker Exam ?
  6. Your customers’ products do not have origin marking on them. Where can you find the rules in Canada or the US ? Why do you need to mark them? Are there any exceptions ? How do you determine the best course of action?
  7. As your companies Customs expert, can you provide your company with options and/or opportunities to save on duty ? Other than NAFTA what other programs could you bring to the table ?

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the players, functions and business of a customs broker.
  • Learn what customs broker transactions are and what supervision is required.
  • Learn the critical elements of cargo release processing.
  • Learn what a surety bond is and who needs them.
  • Learn the rules and regulations that brokers must adhere to.
  • Learn marking requirements and product compliance.
  • Learn transaction value and ACE (ABI) SWI entry Processing.
  • Learn all the legal & regulatory requirements that must be met.

Seminar Fee Includes:

AM-PM Tea/Coffee
Seminar Material
USB with seminar presentation
Hard copy of presentation
Attendance Certificate
$100 Gift Cert for next seminar

Areas Covered:

  • Origin Marking
  • Transaction value
  • Cargo release
  • Surety bonds
  • ABI (ACE) entry processing
  • Preferential duty rate:
  • Harmonized Tariff Classification
  • Product compliance.
  • Brokers exam
  • eManifest
  • OGD interface
  • Customs and Trade Automated Interface Requirements document (ACE ABI CATAIR)
  • Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations, D Memorandums
  • The Canadian Harmonized System of Tariff Classification
  • Tariff Treatments
  • Customs Act, Excise Act, Excise Tax Act
  • SIMA(Special Import Measures Act)
  • AD & CVD

Who will Benefit:

  • All professionals who want to expand their knowledge in Customs Brokerage.
  • Trade Attorneys and Global Business Professionals
  • Financial Professionals
  • Individuals and companies that want to complete Customs Brokerage or bring the function in house.
  • Any professional who would like to explore the requirements to become a Customs Broker
  • Compliance professionals who need to refresh their knowledge of customs brokerage,
  • Company Compliance Officers
  • Import Professionals
  • Export Professionals
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Customhouse Brokers
  • Directors who need to know what the requirements are and why they need to follow them.

Course Outline:

Day One (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM 30 Min Registration
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM 30 Min Review of Customs Brokers Business
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM 30 Min Customs Modernization Act
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM 30 Min Customs Act Functions & Business of a broker
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM 15 Min Break
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM 30 Min Who can conduct Brokerage business
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM 45 Min License process in Canada & the US
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM 45 Min Lunch Break
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM 45 Min Entry Process
Communication- System Requirements
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 90 Min PGA’s & other requirements
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM 15 Min Break
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM 75 Min Surety Bonds
Day Two (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM 30 Min Product Compliance
Understanding the Terminology
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM 30 Min Origin Marking
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM 30 Min Documentation
10:30 AM - 10:45 PM 15 Min Break
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM 75 Min HTS Classification WTO- Canada & the U.S
GRI’s, Chapter Notes, Index’s
EO Nominee & Customs Rulings
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM 45 Min Lunch Break
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM 45 Min Entry Process
Fines & Penalties
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 90 Min ACE, SWI Reporting Requirements
3:00 AM - 3:15 PM 15 Min Break
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM 75 Min System Requirements
Data Elements
Electronic Requirements, Where records must be kept

Meet Your Instructor

Grant Smith,
Trade Compliance Manager, Brady Corporation

Grant has over 25 years of experience in international trade, compliance, and logistics. He is a licensed US Customs Broker as well as a Certified Customs Specialist and certified IATA shipper. He has given compliance training in multiple regions globally. Mr. Smith has implemented compliance programs for multinational corporations, completed classification of large DB's in multiple countries, as well as validated origin qualification programs in various countries. Mr. Smith has worked with companies to validate C-TPAT programs as well as helped with security concerns across multiple regions and regiments. Having helped companies set up self-filing protocol and ISF programs has given him a unique perspective on Customs Compliance and the need to have site experts.

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