Canada and Mexico are U.S.A.’s two most important export markets. Because of this high volume of business, an understanding of border procedures, tariff preferences, and paperwork can have an impact upon many firms’ bottom lines. Products qualifying for NAFTA preferential treatment can save customers from paying higher duty rates and improperly completed paperwork can cause delays and expose exporters to fines, penalties, and audits. Unfortunately, too many companies do not fully understand the requirements of the NAFTA Certificate of Origin as to what really is needed to qualify as “originating” under the NAFTA. The result for many companies is that they are assessed unpaid customs duties, interest, and huge penalties by customs administrations for the importing country. This can lead to very serious business difficulties between the foreign exporter which completed the NAFTA Certificate of Origin and the importer which presented the NAFTA Certificate of Origin to the customs administration in the importing country.
Ms. KL Fredericks is the Director of Harlem-US Export Assistance Center – US Department of Commerce. She will provide a general discussion on Free Trade Agreements and their importance to the U.S. economy.
Mr. Robert Leo, a Partner in the law office of Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury will address this topic and answer questions from the audience. A networking reception with wine and appetizers is included with the presentation.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Members of the sales, marketing, logistics, customer service, credit, finance, and compliance departments within your company can benefit from a better understanding of NAFTA requirements and learn the secrets to smoother cross border shipments, sales, and profits.
If you are an attorney, accountant, international trading company, freight forwarder, customs broker, international business consultant whose import and export companies in the U.S. Canada, and Mexico are subject to NAFTA verification questionnaires then you should attend this seminar.