State Bar of Georgia

Priority Trade Initiatives for U.S. Customs & Border Protection


May 23, 2013

12:00pm - 1:30pm

1100 Peachtree St., Suite 2800
Atlanta, GA 30309

The topic will cover specific areas that have been designated "Priority Trade Initiatives" for U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) in 2013. These areas will be the subject of increased enforcement and review by CBP at all 320 U.S. ports of entry (including Savannah and Atlanta) in 2013 and beyond.

The charge is $35 for members of the International Law and Taxation Law sections and $45 for others. The fee includes lunch, parking and 1 hour of CLE.

The speakers are:

  • Damon V. Pike, president, The Pike Law Firm, P.C.
  • Key A. Wynn, corporate counsel, YKK Corporation of America

While most companies are aware that CBP is the agency that regulates imports into the United States, most do not know that CBP collects more revenue for the federal government in the form of duties and fees than any other agency (except the IRS). In addition, most are not aware that CBP focuses on specific trade initiatives when allocating enforcement and other resources. By attending this seminar, you can learn what areas of focus are important to CBP – and thus what areas should be important to companies which import merchandise into the United States and to their outside counsel. For instance:

  • Import safety is a top priority; CBP enforces FDA and USDA regulations to ensure food safety; it also enforces regulations of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for imported consumer products (such as children's toys);
  • Billions of dollars are collected each year in antidumping duties (ADD) and countervailing duties (CVD), but equal amounts are also lost due to evasion and other reasons. Hence, CBP is aggressively enforcing the collection of ADD and CVD through orders issued by the Department of Commerce; and
  • CBP’s new Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEE) will allow the agency to "pool resources" to focus on specific industries and importers. Seven CEEs have been announced and are in process; the port of Atlanta was named as the CEE for Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising.

You may also pre-register for the other programs in our "International Movement" series:


Derrick Stanley  






International and Taxation Law Sections, ICLE

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