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  SEPTEMBER
25 The Nuts and Bolts of Export Regulatory Compliance (Boston)
  OCTOBER
1 Russia Sanctions Update: US and EU Requirements for Compliance (webinar)
3 Developing an Integrated Global Trade Compliance Program (webinar)
17 The "New Normal": Understanding and Implementing Export Control Reform (Burlington)
23 Best Practices for Export Screening (North Reading)
30 Complying with Encryption Export Controls (webinar)
  NOVEMBER
5 Export and Import Classification Workshop (Southboro)
12 Origin Determination Under Free Trade Agreements (Southboro)
  DECEMBER
9 Export Expo 2014 (Boston)
  2015 PREVIEW - Save the Date!
January:
Complying with Foreign Regulatory Requirements for Medical Devices Exports (webinar)
February:
Exporting Under License Exceptions and De Minimis (webinar)
April 14 & 15:
Bureau of Industry and Security: Complying with U.S. Export Controls (Boston)
April 16:
Bureau of Industry and Security: Managing Compliance After Export Control Reform (Boston)
 
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  ARCHIVED WEBINARS

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  • The Brazil Customs Challenge
  • Meeting the India Customs Challenge
  • Complying with Encryption Export Controls and Import Requirements
  • Export Control Reform Implementation
  • Exporting Temporary, Repair, Replacement and Hand-Carry Shipments
  • Countdown to Compliance: Transition Planning Under Export Control Reform
  • Specially Designed Demystified
  • OFAC Webinar Series: 
    Part 1 - An Introduction to U.S. Economic and Trade Sanctions
    Part 2 - U.S. Sanctions Licensing & Policy Update
  • Complying with the New Foreign Trade Regulations Export Requirements
  • Negotiating and Structuring International Distribution Contracts
 
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Program Descriptions 

New EU Labeling Requirements for Seafood Exports

Food Export USAOn December 13, 2014 new EU labeling regulations for seafood will take effect. All seafood exporters need to be aware of and in compliance with these regulations or face the consequences.  This seminar is a must for all seafood exporters.

Topics covered will include the new EU labeling regulations, health and catch certification procedures, an update on recent problems with health certifications, along with tips on how to improve, and much more. It will also include information on funding assistance available for required labeling modifications.  

Date: Wednesday September 10, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Waypoint Events Center (connected to Fairfield Inn and Suites), 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford
Cost:  Free, but pre-registration is required
Contact: Click here to register online 

Sponsored by Food Export USA - Northeast
Cosponsored by the Massachusetts Export Center, Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, and Commerce RI. 

The Nuts and Bolts of Export Regulatory Compliance

While the export regulatory environment is as complex as it has ever been, the nuts and bolts of export regulatory compliance have remained largely unchanged. 

This back-to-basics program will walk participants through U.S. export control requirements while focusing on special areas of concern for exporters.  The program will provide an overview of export regulations, including their scope and structure, as well as the various government export regulatory authorities. 

The seminar will then review the general prohibitions and specific steps necessary to achieving compliance, including: commodity jurisdiction; export control classification; restricted party screening; end use screening; sanctions compliance; antiboycott compliance; and more. 

The seminar will also discuss procedures for exporting controlled items, including licensing, deemed export compliance, and more.  The program will also provide guidance on export clearance, recordkeeping obligations, and compliance program development. 

Our speaker will be:

  • David Ross, President – Ross Global Trade Solutions, LLC

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time: Registration 8:30 a.m.; Program 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, 2nd Floor Conference Center, Conference Room 2, Boston
Cost: $50 / $35 for Compliance Alliance members
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664

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Russia Sanctions Update: US and EU Requirements for Compliance

UK Trade & InvestmentNo other issue has dominated the export regulatory landscape in recent memory as this year’s sanctions developments related to Russia. 

These sanctions have translated into, among other things, challenging screening requirements for U.S. exporters, not only for exports to the ever-growing list of “blocked persons” designated under the Russia-related sanctions, but also for exports to entities directly or indirectly owned 50 percent or more by such blocked persons. And, in a major recent change, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) will now aggregate the ownership interests of multiple blocked persons when determining whether the 50 percent rule applies in a given transaction. 

As U.S. sanctions developments related to Russia have proceeded in parallel to those in the E.U., U.S. companies with subsidiaries or operations in Europe need to be cognizant of and compliant with both sets of sanctions. 

This timely webinar will provide an overview of the U.S. and E.U. sanctions related to Russia, including requirements for compliance.  

The webinar will also discuss the trickle-down impact that the sanctions have had on export controls, including new Russia-specific export/reexport license requirements. 

Our speakers will provide guidance for meeting the challenges associated with these sanctions, as well as practical steps for mitigating risk. 

Speakers include:

  • Sylwia Lis, Partner – Baker & McKenzie LLP, Washington, DC
  • Sunny Mann, Partner – Baker & McKenzie LLP, London

webinarDate: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST
Location: Webinar
Cost: $50 / no charge for Compliance Alliance members (To receive the discount, your Compliance Alliance dues must be paid for FY2015 at the time of registration.)
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664

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Cosponsored by UK Trade & Investment

Developing an Integrated Global Trade Compliance Program

Coordinating multiple compliance programs covering various functional areas presents very real challenges for compliance professionals. More importantly, as compliance programs proliferate and create redundant requirements, it becomes increasingly difficult to get buy-in from the business and logistical employees within your company, who are on the front lines, needing to be alert to red flags and scrupulous about procedures. While there is no one-size-fits-all model, integrating such programs, and in particular the internal training, has real benefits. 

This webinar will discuss why, when and how to integrate export control, sanctions, FCPA, AML and other legal compliance issues into one unified program. 

The webinar will explore why integration is important, what can and should be covered in an integrated program, and how to implement the program using real-world examples of company challenges and successes. 

Our speaker will be:

  • Jonathan Epstein, Partner – Holland & Knight LLP

webinarDate: Friday, October 3, 2014
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST
Location: Webinar
Cost: $50 / no charge for Compliance Alliance members (To receive the discount, your Compliance Alliance dues must be paid for FY2015 at the time of registration.)
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664

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The "New Normal": Understanding and Implementing Export Control Reform

Kostas ResearchThe past year has witnessed dramatic changes for many exporters under the federal Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative. 

Items under twelve different U.S. Munitions List (USML) categories have migrated from State to Commerce Department jurisdiction, with the most recent changes affecting categories for electronics and satellite technology.  While most exporters impacted by the reforms will experience a lesser degree of control, they will also experience a possibly painful transition and a decidedly greater degree of complexity in their export compliance operations. 

Moreover, key definitions and provisions introduced as part of the reform initiative will impact all exporters of controlled items - not just those exporters undergoing jurisdictional changes. 

This seminar will take an in-depth look at the ECR initiative, including: the scope of the reforms; implementation schedule; product groups affected; USML and Commerce Control List (CCL) structural changes; impact on commodity jurisdiction, classification and licensing; newly-standardized definitions such as "specially designed," "technical data," and "technology"; use of license exceptions, such as STA, and di minimis provisions; applicability of the ITAR see-through rule; and more. 

The seminar will also feature presentations by two exporting firms impacted by Export Control Reform to share their insights and best practices for implementation and compliance. 

Speakers include:

  • Elisa French, Manager, International Trade & Compliance – Cobham Defense Electronics, Inc.
  • Ian Moss, International Trade Counsel – Goulston & Storrs PC
  • Dirk Petersen, Vice President, Contracts & Export Compliance – AMETEK Aerospace & Defense

Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: Registration 8:30 a.m.; Program 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, Northeastern University Burlington Campus, 141 South Bedford Street, Burlington
Cost: $50 / $35 for Compliance Alliance members
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664

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Cosponsored by the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University, LLC

Best Practices for Export Screening

Screening customers against restricted party lists is routine practice for all exporters.  Restricted party screening alone is not enough, however, to achieve full compliance in today’s evolving regulatory environment -- an ever-heavier burden is being placed on the exporter to screen for everything from direct hits on restricted party lists to the entire ownership lineage for certain overseas customers. 

This briefing will feature presentations from exporting firms operating under both EAR and ITAR jurisdictions to discuss best practices for export customer screening under the various degrees of export control. 

Specific topics to be addressed include:  restricted party screening; end use/end user screening; red flag screening; foreign national screening for deemed export compliance; ownership screening as required by newly-enhanced OFAC sanctions; antiboycott screening; and more. 

The briefing will also address business issues associated with effective implementation of screening practices, including clearing of potential screening hits, when to request end user statements, when to escalate screening efforts, staff training and buy-in, and striking the right balance between fulfillment of screening obligations and minimization of possible business disruption. 

Speakers include: 

  • Misty Rutter, Manager, EMEA Regional Trade Controls – Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Other speakers TBA

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time: Registration 8:30 a.m.; Program 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Teradyne, Inc., 600 Riverpark Drive, North Reading
Cost: $50 / no charge for Compliance Alliance members
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664

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Complying With Encryption Export Controls

Encryption is one of the most heavily regulated items in global trade, subject to both U.S. and foreign controls. Moreover, encryption regulations affect not only exporters of hardware, software and source code that enable encryption functionality, but also exporters of technology or information related to certain types of encryption. 

This webinar will review U.S. export regulatory requirements for encryption items, including classification, registration, reporting, licensing and license exception provisions, license conditions, and encryption technology issues. 

The webinar will also provide a snapshot of foreign cryptography restrictions, with a focus on major markets for U.S. firms. 

Speakers include:

  • Richard Matheny, Partner – Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Jacob Osborn, Associate – Goodwin Procter LLP

webinarDate: Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Webinar
Cost: $50 / no charge for Compliance Alliance members
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664

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Export and Import Classification Workshop

The importance of classification in both export and import transactions cannot be understated. Exporters and importers are responsible for the proper classification of their products, while misclassification may result in delays in Customs release, inquiries by Customs officials, and in some cases, costly penalties and possible seizures by the Customs.

This in-depth classification workshop will help you avoid these problems and learn how to properly classify your exported and imported products. The program will feature an in-depth review of Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS), followed by over 170 countries worldwide, and used for both export and import commodity classifications. Your instructors will provide an overview of the structure of the HTS, General Rules of Interpretation (which are vital for proper classification), as well as numerous hands-on examples to ensure proper understanding of how to read the HTS. 

An overview of the Schedule B export classification system will also be provided. The seminar will also feature a case study of best classification practices. This program will be very hands-on and interactive.  

Attendees are encouraged to bring either a hard copy of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of The U.S. or a laptop or tablet in order to access the HTS online, as we will conduct classification exercises as part of the workshop. Laptop connections will be available.

Speakers include:

  • Steve Aiello, Director of Trade Compliance – Vistaprint
  • Paula Connelly, Principal – Law Offices of Paula M. Connelly

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: Registration 8:30 a.m.; Program 9:00 a.m. -  3:00 p.m.
Cost: $95 / register for both the November 5 & 12 seminars for a discounted price of $125 (includes breakfast and lunch)
Location: Clark University MetroWest Campus, 333 Turnpike Road, Southboro
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 508-929-8844

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Origin Determination Under Free Trade Agreements

With 19 existing Free Trade Agreements covering 20 countries and more to come, it is essential for U.S. exporters to learn how to properly determine origin in order to take advantage of the duty preferences allowed under these agreements. Many small and medium-sized exporters do not understand how to use FTAs to their advantage and may lose a critical competitive edge in key foreign markets as a result. 

Attendees will learn the origin determination process under free trade agreements, including identification of specific rules of origin, preference criteria, documentation requirements and customs clearance procedures. The program will also include a case study of using FTAs from an experienced exporter.    

Our speakers will be:

  • Paula Connelly, Principal – Law Offices of Paula M. Connelly
  • Gil Walton, Trade Compliance Manager – Kidde-Fenwal, Inc.

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Time: Registration 8:30 a.m.; Program 9:00 a.m. -  12:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 / register for both the November 5 & 12 seminars for a discounted price of $125 (includes breakfast)
Location: Clark University MetroWest Campus, 333 Turnpike Road, Southboro
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 508-929-8844

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Massachusetts Export Center | Export Expo  

Join us for the most comprehensive export event of the year that brings together export resources, training and information – all under one roof! 

The Massachusetts Export Center’s Export Expo provides a forum for exporters to connect with the wide variety of export resources available in Massachusetts while learning about issues that impact their day-to-day export operations. Exhibitors will include law firms, banks, freight forwarders, consulting firms, translation firms, customs and compliance automated solutions providers, and various government and non-profit organizations serving the export community. 

Coinciding with the exhibition, the Export Center will convene workshops and panel discussions throughout the day on a wide variety of export-related topics. 

This year’s workshops will address current issues of concern to exporters, such as recent sanctions developments, export control trends, the outlook for free trade expansion, and more! The Expo will also feature training on those day-to-day issues critical for effective management of your business’ export growth and operation. 

This year’s Expo will feature influential guest speakers, opportunities to connect with experts to answer your specific export questions, networking, and fun! This event regularly sells out. Space is limited, so register early!

Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available (click here for details). For further information, please contact Paula Murphy at 617-973-8664.

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Time: Registration and Exhibits Open at 9:00 a.m.; Program 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Location: State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, 2nd Floor Conference Center, Boston
Cost: $35 / no charge for Compliance Alliance members
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664

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