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Preparing for a CBP Audit (Focused Assessment and Referral Audits)

Broadcast Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 2pm - 3:30PM EST / Duration: 90 minutes

The Journal of Commerce is presenting three webcasts comprising the 2012 customs "Regulatory Audit Webcast Series" to engage and hear what the experts have to say as well as join the insider discussion on these important international trade topics!

Register today to secure your place in these interactive sessions. Registration information noted below.

PROGRAM ONE: Preparing for a CBP Audit (Focused Assessment and Referral Audits)

A two-part, 90-minute live webcast on how to prepare for a Focused Assessment (FA) presented by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and industry representatives

Part 1: Hear from senior CBP officials who oversee and implement the Focused Assessment program and have the opportunity to ask questions

Part 2: A private Q&A session with experienced trade lawyers and ex-Customs officials on how to prepare for and manage the Focused Assessment process, to be accompanied by a visual presentation.

Now is the season when CBP notifies importers that they will be the subject of an upcoming Focused Assessment audit or "FA." An FA is a comprehensive audit conducted by CBP and typically involves an intensive 6-month audit process of your company's import operations conducted by a CBP audit team. The CBP team can be expected to review internal controls and CBP entries for compliance in regards to value, HTS classification, NAFTA, GSP, reconciliation, anti-dumping and other free trade agreements. Effectively preparing for the FA is critical and has proven to reduce potential penalty liability as well as maintaining your import compliance credibility with CBP.

In this 90-minute live webcast, you will learn about:

  • What to expect if your company is targeted for Focused Assessment
  • The importance of written internal control procedures
  • The role of interviews by CBP personnel
  • Documentation and other information CBP will be looking for
  • Potential impact on C-TPAT and 10+2/Importer Security Filing status
  • How to conduct a pre-audit internal review
  • Whether to undertake an ISA as an alternative to Focused Assessment
  • Importance of not waiting until a Focused Assessment notification is received

Program Moderator: Harry Butler, Web Editor, The Journal of Commerce

Part 1:
Cynthia Covell, Executive Director, Regulatory Audit, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
James Madden, Field Director - New York, Regulatory Audit, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Carrie Reyes, Operations Director, Regulatory Audit, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Part 2:
Courtney Seelinger, Senior Manager, Trade Compliance, Tektronix, Inc.
Michael Roll, Partner, Pisani & Roll LLP

Who should register/listen to this webcast?

  • Importers
  • Retailers
  • Manufacturers
  • Customs Compliance and Logistics Managers
  • Corporate Counsel - General & International Trade
  • Customs Brokers

For questions, please contact Mina Patel, 516.589.0229 or webcasts@joc.com