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We cover a large array of topics in our one-day seminars and our intensive two-day sessions designed to provide the most practical and hands on knowledge. View our 2018 course schedule for a list of courses and dates.

All of our public seminars and workshops are registered for continuing education credits with NCBFAA.

With UK’s exit from the European Union, scheduled on March 29, 2019, time is running out for many organizations to prepare for upcoming legal and practical changes. Although uncertainty still remains, the time for action has come! Processes and procedures may need to be amended, contractual and legal documents reviewed and possibly amended, and financial budgets approved.

But what will you prepare for? How will you prepare for Brexit? What is the impact for your business in the EU, UK, or globally? How will Brexit affect large & complex international corporations headquartered in the US?

Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy’s one-day Brexit “nuts & bolts” workshop will review the potential challenges the UK’s departure from the EU presents to your business. It will provide you with a practical approach to assess and mitigate risk and will offer the insight needed to anticipate changes and seize opportunities.

Program Overview:

Understanding the Challenges and Risks:

  • Exit process, transition period, timelines
  • The legal rules governing Brexit, including the challenge of the Irish border
  • Anticipating regulatory changes (including Customs, Trade, Standards, etc.)
  • Communicating with your EU/UK/US clients/suppliers/partners
  • FTA, Rules of Origin, and wider trade implications for US, EU & UK businesses

Preparing for Future Trade After Brexit:

  • Future UK Customs legislation, UK clearance procedure, tariff imposition, and what it means to trade under WTO terms
  • Assessing supply chain challenges, including logistical issues like transportation, sourcing, storage, processing and costs
  • Examining the realities of a future US-UK FTA – who will benefit?
  • Cargo security & trade facilitation (WTOTFA, AEO, etc.)

Getting Ready: Elements of Effective Contingency Plans:

  • Identifying levels of risk exposure for your company: Your own Brexit Checklist
  • Developing a Brexit contingency plan including risk mitigation options
  • Communicating and implementing Brexit in your company

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is targeted at individuals at the Director or Manager level overseeing compliance, Customs, export controls, import and export operations, procurement, and supply chain. All sizes of US companies involved in international trade with the EU / UK are encouraged to attend.

September 25, 2018 Chicago, IL
September 27, 2018 Tysons Corner, VA




In a post-Brexit landscape, the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) certification scheme is likely to become the indispensable method to endorse UK businesses as “Trusted Traders”, enabling faster clearance of AEOs’ goods at the border, mutual recognition with third countries (like the EU) and provide access to financial and logistical benefits. While focus in the UK has been mainly on obtaining the certification, a more holistic study of the programme is now required to allow businesses to attain, maintain and sustain this trusted trade status in a post-Brexit environment.

To prepare businesses for achieving and maintaining a long-term sustainable AEO accreditation, Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy have designed a unique Certified Authorised Economic Operator Specialist Programme. During this four-day training, participants will gain a detailed understanding of the AEO program and how to effectively plan & design, implement, maintain & sustain AEO certification.

Program Overview:

  • AEO in the global & UK context: Understanding the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards, the EU’s AEO guidance and the UK’s AEO application pack and to plan and design a robust AEO Certification Roadmap
  • Getting by-in for your AEO project from the C-Suite & colleagues : Tools to demonstrate why AEO is critical for a forward thinking Global Britain
  • “As is” analysis: Effective methodologies to plan, execute & evaluate your AEO Gap analysis
  • How to plan and manage the AEO Working Group across multiple departments
  • AEO Compliance: How to Write your Company’s Manual
  • Strategies and methodologies to carry out a successful Internal AEO audit
  • Maintaining AEO compliance – best practice strategies

Who Should Attend:

The CAEO™ course is targeted at individuals and teams employed by logistics companies or global manufacturers who need to understand how to obtain and maintain AEO certification in the UK. Individuals holding a CAEO™ designation will be capable of explaining, designing, implementing and maintaining AEO certification for their organization.

February 13, 2018 London, UK




Customs has increased its focus on exporters with new, higher penalty limits. Are you aware of your compliance responsibilities? This course covers the lifecycle of an export transaction and outlines all the key information an exporter needs to be in compliance with Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Strong emphasis will be placed on building an export management program.

Program Overview:

  • Export Sales first steps in beginning an export order
  • Quotes and contracts
  • Incoterms
  • Role of freight forwarders, and selection of business partners
  • Classification of product
  • Export documentation
  • Modes of transport and negotiating rates
  • Recordkeeping responsibilities
  • Export penalties
  • Elements of an effective export management and compliance program
  • Export controls

Who Should Attend:

  • Export Managers and Export Personnel
  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Compliance Managers
  • Legal and Regulatory Managers
  • Shipping and warehouse staff
  • Export sales staff
  • Customer Service Representatives


February 19, 2018 Tysons Corner, VA
May 14, 2018 San Diego, CA
August 6, 2018 Detroit, MI Area
October 29, 2018 Seattle, WA


If you are interested in learning more about the Export Compliance & Controls, please email us at



When two or more products are blended or formed, what is the country of origin? What is a substantial transformation, when does it occur and how can a corporation support their decision before a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) review?

Every foreign article entering the United States must be legibly marked with the English name of the country of origin at the time of import. Non-compliance with these regulations may result in penalties and sanctions for importers and exporters. Join us for in-depth program on country of origin determination and proper marking. 

Program Overview:

  • Reasonable Care over the import process
  • Purpose of marking
  • Acceptable terminology
  • Country of origin determination
  • Rules of origin and criteria
  • “Made in the USA:” FTC v. CBP rules
  • Substantial transformation
  • Minor processing
  • Marking requirements
  • Forms of marking
  • Special markings on certain articles
  • Tariff shift concepts
  • Penalties for non-compliance
  • Best practices

Who Should Attend:

  • Customs or Trade Compliance Personnel
  • Customs Brokers/Freight Forwarders
  • Logistics, Distribution and Transportation Professionals
  • Foreign Manufacturers and Distributors
  • Any U.S. Importer and Exporter


March 22, 2018 Tysons Corner, VA
September 20, 2018 Los Angeles, CA




Importers are required to use Reasonable Care for the valuation of imported merchandise and to ensure all appropriate costs are reported to Customs. Valuation of a product at the time of importation is much more than the amount listed on the commercial invoice.

Join us for this workshop to learn about additions and deductions from valuation, as well as how to properly value transactions between related parties. Understand the different methods used by Customs & Border Protection to determine the proper value of a shipment. Gain knowledge of how to engage the multiple departments within your firm on providing key information to determine and report the proper value of your company’s shipments. In addition, understand the consequences of improper valuation and how it can trigger Customs audits and result in hefty penalties.

Program Overview:

  • What are the valuation rules and how to properly apply them
  • Understanding of the different methods used for valuation
  • What charges can be legally deducted from the dutiable value
  • What additional costs need to be reported
  • How incoterms can impact your Customs valuation
  • Best practices for valuation

Who Should Attend:

  • Importers responsible for Customs Compliance
  • Accounting and Finance Personnel
  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Logistics Managers

All participants will receive a certificate of completion to keep on file. Documented training records demonstrate Reasonable Care!


March 23, 2018 Tysons Corner, VA
September 21, 2018 Los Angeles, CA


If you are interested in learning more about the Export Compliance & Controls, please email us at



With the passage of the Customs Modernization Act, Congress gave U.S. Customs sweeping legal power to dramatically alter the focus of the U.S. Customs mission. Targeting a larger number of importers, Customs has become more aggressive towards auditing and enforcing compliance in the areas of classification, operations, merchandise valuation and recordkeeping procedures.

Under the concept of Reasonable Care, the importer must be knowledgeable of the laws and regulations governing imports. U.S Customs and Boarder Protection (CBP) will assist, but the burden is upon the importer to properly apply the Customs Regulations of the U.S., to correctly classify and value imported merchandise and to ensure that the entry was filed correctly. Noncompliance with recordkeeping requirements and an inability to document Reasonable Care may lead to a regulatory or enforcement audit.

This one-day seminar will help you understand the basics of importing and provide you with an understanding of the Customs regulations. In addition, you will learn how to create and maintain an import compliance program and implement mandatory internal controls.

Program Overview:

  • The Modernization Act and its implications for importers
  • Import transactions from A to Z (what is expected from CBP)
  • 10 + 2 data requirements
  • Reasonable care requirements of importers
  • Recordkeeping requirements
  • Post Entry Adjustments
  • Fines and penalties
  • How to create and maintain an import compliance program
  • Implementing mandatory internal controls

Who Should Attend:

  • Import Managers
  • Compliance Managers
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Legal and Regulatory Managers
  • Finance Managers
  • Import Staff
  • Finance Personnel


March 19, 2018 Tysons Corner, VA
September 17, 2018 Los Angeles, CA




Join this unique program that will provide a detailed methodology to qualify your goods for the Made in America, Buy American and the Berry Amendment as well as other domestic preferential requirements of multiple federal and state agencies. Discussion will include plans by the new Trump Administration to increase emphasis on American made items.

This 2-day course provides attendees with everything they need to qualify their goods for multiple government programs. This includes information on the requirements at the federal and state levels and how to qualify your products for equal consideration for government procurement under international trade agreements.

Specific topics will include:

  • The Buy American Act
  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  • The Berry Amendment
  • State and local “Buy American” requirements
  • “Made in America” claims for your products
  • Domestic sales claims – Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requirements and penalty cases
  • Claiming “Made in America” for your international sales, the “substantial transformation” test
  • How hidden trade issues (anti-dumping, quotas, trade bans) can affect your procurement qualifications

Who Should Attend:

  • Import and Compliance personnel
  • Contracting, Purchasing and Procurement Managers
  • Finance and Accounting personnel
  • Marketing and Sales teams
  • Regulatory compliance personnel involved in labeling products
  • those involved in selling product in domestic and overseas markets requiring a Made in America label


March 7, 2018 Detroit, MI
June 13, 2018 San Diego, CA
November 13, 2018 Tysons Corner, VA




The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was designed to facilitate trade among the United States, Mexico and Canada. To determine whether a product is eligible for NAFTA benefits requires an understanding of the rules of origin. This course will review these rules in detail, outlining a step-by-step approach to qualifying a product for this trade agreement. The basis of other trade agreements will also be reviewed, including agreements with Chile, Singapore and others. This is an excellent overview of NAFTA fundamentals.

Program Overview:

  • An introduction to trade agreements
  • Overview of NAFTA and its history
  • How to qualify a product for a trade agreement such as NAFTA
  • Full coverage of the Rules of Origin
  • Tariff shift concepts
  • Regional value content formulas
  • Rules for de minimis
  • Recordkeeping requirements and related issues
  • Implications for the future


"Country of Origin and Criteria Review for NAFTA certification forms were very informative."Ifran Arif, Robert Bosch

"Rules of Origin and preference criteria explanations were excellent."D. McCann, International Paper Company

Who Should Attend:

  • Export Managers
  • Import Managers
  • Compliance Managers
  • Legal and Regulatory Managers


March 22, 2018 Tysons Corner, VA
September 19, 2018 Los Angeles, CA




The Harmonized Tariff Code (HTS) is the numeric coding system for the import and export of all commodities and a required data element for 10+2 ISF filing.  Join in for an excellent overview of the General Rules of Interpretation, and the outline and structure of the HTS book.  Learn how to apply the rules for choosing an import or export code, and their impact on rates of duty and trade agreements.

This is an excellent course for those new to classification, as well as for individuals who have some experience but require a greater in-depth understanding of how to apply the rules.

Program Overview:

  • General Rules of Interpretation
  • Steps to properly classify your product
  • Specific types of rates of duty including Ad Valorem and Compound Rates
  • Differences between Column 1 and Column 2 types of duty
  • HTS information required under the 10+2 requirements
  • Reasonable Care guidelines for classifying your product
  • Overview of Binding Rulings and how to apply for them
  • Fines and penalties for non-compliance
  • Working with suppliers and other global partners to establish the proper classification code for any product
  • Any changes to the code will be discussed


"The exercises and discussion of answers was most beneficial." R. Adams, Trek Bicycles

Who Should Attend:

  • All levels of personnel involved in the import or export of merchandise
  • Import Managers
  • Export Managers
  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Compliance Managers
  • Engineers
  • Technical Personnel involved in classifying or providing information for classification.


March 20, 2018 Tysons Corner, VA
September 18, 2018 Los Angeles, CA




"Taking a mind-numbing subject like tariff classification and making it not only palatable, but fun, is no easy task."


Nick Braswell
Nokia Solutions and Networks


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