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Export Compliance Consulting

Unz & Co. provides comprehensive services to guide the exporter through the complex processes of export control functions including classifications, documentation, license determination, record keeping and special trade agreement preferential tariff treatment such as NAFTA.  Working together with your staff, Unz will review your existing export compliance processes and issue a written plan for improving export procedures.

Export Compliance Services

While Unz offers Export Controls and Compliance consulting in many areas, here are a few assignment examples.  Each assignment is customized and defined in full collaboration with the client.


Export Management System Development

If you don’t have a formal Export Management System (EMS) in place, give us a call.  We will work with your staff and develop a system that is simple to implement and yet comprehensive enough to include all of the Federal Regulations relating to your international transactions.

By combining telephone conversation with on-site visits, our consultants will prepare an EMS specifically tailored to your export operation.  An EMS provides step-by-step procedures and practical time-tested techniques that help avoid fines, penalties and civil suits for non-compliance.  Moreover, an EMS will help streamline your international operation and help your staff perform faster, smarter and more efficiently.

Process

We will review your export transaction and processes and create a manual that will include the following administrative elements:  management policy, responsible officials record keeping, training, internal reviews, screening elements, notification, and order processing.


Classification of Export Goods

The international Harmonized System forms the basis of the Harmonized Tariff Schedules of the U. S. and the Schedule B.  Classification of goods, whether an import  or export, can be challenging and often frustrating.

However, the respective regulations covering import and export require you to properly and accurately classify your goods.  The eligibility of your goods under any of the free trade agreements may hinge entirely on the proper classification of not only your good but the materials incorporated into that good.  Unz & Co. can work side-by-side with your company personnel in applying the General Rules of Interpretation to your goods and materials to ensure that the classifications are correct.  We can review some, most or all of the products you need classification assurance of.  Let us assist you in overcoming the complexities of working in the Harmonized System.


Profiting from NAFTA and Other Free Trade Agreements

Getting the most out of NAFTA and other free trade agreements is essential in the global marketplace.  Companies must understand the workings of new and existing free trade agreements which the U. S. has entered into.  This understanding applies to both U. S. exporters who are the producers or resellers of goods and the U. S. importers who are availing themselves of preferential import tariffs based on the purchased goods being the origin of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partner country.  A basic requirement to any FTA is that not all goods from an FTA partner are necessarily free of duty and that just because it was made with an FTA partner does not make the good FTA eligible.  Let Unz & Co. experts evaluate your current processes; assist in developing an internal procedure to ensure your compliance; educate your personnel in carrying out the necessary steps for proper application of FTA preferences.

Process

  • Evaluate the company’s current business practices to understand the nature of its transactions under Free Trade Agreements.
  • If the client is a producer, understand the company’s manufacturing process.
  • If the company is a reseller, understand the supply chain under which the client sources the goods that it resells.
  • If a producer, evaluate the source of supply of all materials employed in the manufacture of the goods exported under an FTA.
  • Review records of all materials that are of FTA origin to ensure that adequate evidence is maintained and thus, the materials may be either:

            1) Disregarded under an FTA’s Specific Rules of Origin, or
            2) Included in determining the local content value added criterion

  • Review classification under the Harmonized System of all non-originating materials incorporated into a manufactured good as well as proper classification of the good itself.
  • Review application of an FTA Specific Rules of Origin to determine if they have been properly applied to each good under consideration.

    Review the client’s record keeping process in respect to:

1) Maintenance of records from vendors of materials deemed to be                                 originating

2) Maintenance of records from vendors of goods that are resold
           
3) Maintenance of the client’s own certificates to customers attesting to the                     origination of goods sold by client

4) Manufacturing records evidencing use of materials and of the transformation of non-originating materials

5) Accounting records evidencing the cost or value of materials incorporated into a good when Regional Value Content or a local value criterion is the basis for a claim of origination

Unz & Co. will provide a detailed report to the client of the results of the entire assessment process which will include:

1) Areas of compliance weaknesses as well as strengths

2) Detailed recommendations for improvements in those areas found to be deficient in compliance with FTA requirements

3) Suggestions as to how improvements may be implemented by the client


Export Controls and Compliance Review

Exporters must fully understand the Export Administration Regulations before undertaking a transaction with a foreign entity.  Unz & Co. experts will conduct an assessment of your current compliance practices and make recommendation in those areas where the client feels additional emphasis needs to be placed.

Process

Depending upon the requirements of each client, this customized review might include a review of general export procedures, powers of attorney, Harmonized Schedule B classification, Commerce Control list, ITAR Compliance, restrictive Trade practices or boycotts, screening of clients.  Deemed exports, AES filing, Export Jurisdiction documentations, license application, record keeping and NAFTA compliance.


Compliance with International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR)

The ITAR is the set of government regulations that control the export and import of defense-related articles and services found on the United States Munitions List.  These regulations implement the provisions of the Arms Export Control Act, and are described in 22 CFR Parts 120-130.  The Department of State interprets and enforces ITAR.  Its goal is to advance national strategic objectives and U. S. foreign policy via the trade controls.  Unz & Co. experts can provide a variety of services to ensure your compliance with this complex set of regulations covering a very sensitive area of international trade.

Process

Our consulting services provide assessment of current practices, recommendations for enhancements, assistance in the development and implementation of a sound internal control procedure and training your personnel both in the regulations themselves and to the implementation of your unique
compliance procedure.

Schedule your consulting assignment now!

Call 800-631-3098 or e-mail consulting@unzco.com

Import Compliance Consulting

Our strength rests in our experts’ long and varied industry knowledge. They will devote time to understand your international business operations and then provide practical solutions that will deliver the necessary competitive edge.

Importers are ultimately responsible for all aspects of importing merchandise under U. S. Customs and Regulations.  You are expected to know all the rules and regulations and have the correct systems and documentation in place.  Stricter U. S. enforcement now means more substantial financial penalties for
non-compliance, as well as increased customs scrutiny.

Our consultants will help you fill in the compliance knowledge gaps.

Import Compliance Services

Unz offers client focused consulting in Import Compliance.  Each assignment is customized and defined in full collaboration with our client.  Here are a few example assignments.


Developing an Import Internal Compliance Program

As an importer, do you want the business certainty that your company won’t be assessed fines or penalties for violations of the Customs Regulations that you were not even aware of?  Do you know if your company’s business process is addressing all the regulatory requirements imposed upon you as an importer into the U.S.?  Let Unz & Co. assess and evaluate your current import compliance practices.  We will provide you with a complete report of findings which will outline your strengths and make the recommendations to correct areas of weakness and operational vulnerability. At your request, we can carry this forward to developing and providing a complete internal compliance program uniquely designed to your company’s business operations and structure.  The undertaking of a compliance project such as this is a huge preparatory step toward the successful conclusion of any Customs audit.

Process

An Unz & Co. Compliance Assessment covering a client’s adherence to the regulatory requirements of Customs Regulations of the U.S. will focus on the following key areas:

1) Classification under the Harmonized System of imported merchandise

2) Valuation of imported merchandise in accordance with the WCO valuation code and the
U. S. Customs Regulations

3) Country of origin marking of imported merchandise

4) Importer record keeping in accordance with 19 CFR Part 163

5) Customs broker management

6)  Importer’s internal business process for the conduct of import transactions

Gain an understanding of the client company’s current business process and practices in respect of the conduct of business with U. S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to include:

1) Internal flow of information and attendant responsibilities from inception of a foreign vendor purchase through to receipt of goods

2) Examination of imported merchandise accompanied by company personnel familiar with the technical aspects of same to evaluate current classifications under the Harmonized System

3) Examination of merchandise will also include evaluation of country of origin marking in accordance with 19 CFR Part 134

4) A walk-through of the client’s record keeping based upon selected sample entries

5) Discussions with relevant company personnel named in an internal compliance procedure and those who should be if no such procedure currently exists


Focused Assessment – The Customs Audit Process

Focused Assessment is the Customs & Border Protection (CBP) risk management based approach to gauging an importer’s compliance with the Customs Regulations.  When applying risk management principles in an audit environment, CBP is evaluating potential audit candidates not simply on their size.  You may be a small to mid-size importer but the nature and types of Customs transactions may place your company in-line for a Focused Assessment.  A well developed defense is the best offense.  Being prepared as if you were to be a candidate avoids the last minute frenzy of doing so.  You may not be able to fix all the things that are broken.  As important, being prepared creates an environment of business certainty knowing that the company already has in place the processes and procedures that ensure Customs compliance.  Let Unz & Co. get you there.

Process

Our consulting services provide assessment of your current practices, recommendations for enhancements, assistance in the development and implementation of a sound internal control procedure.  We will then take you through the steps that a government Focused Assessment audit team will follow so that you understand what to expect should you receive a candidate letter from CBP.


Harmonized System

The international Harmonized System forms the basis of the Harmonized Tariff Schedules of the U. S. and the Schedule B. Classification of goods, whether at import or export, can be challenging and often frustrating.

However, the respective regulations covering import and exporting require you to properly and accurately classify your goods.  The eligibility of your goods under any of the free trade agreements may hinge entirely on the proper classification of not only of your good but the materials incorporated into that good.  Unz & Co. can work side-by-side with your company personnel in applying the General Rules of Interpretation of your goods and materials to ensure that the classifications are correct.  We can review some, most, or all of the products for which you need classification insurance.  Let us assist you in overcoming the complexities of working in the Harmonized System.

Process

Provide a brief overview of the concepts that govern the use of the Harmonized System when classifying merchandise.

Review the current process that the client employs in the classification of imported or exported merchandise.

Gain a familiarity with and understanding of the articles that the client imports or exports through:

1) Physical examination
           
2) Review of product literature and specifications

3) Discussions with company personnel knowledgeable with technical aspects of the articles

Review client’s current application of HS classifications to the articles subject of the review.  What classifications are they using today?

Unz & Co. will apply its expertise in validating existing classifications and offering alternative classifications to those which are not correct.

A complete report will be provided to the client detailing all activities undertaken during the course of the assessment, as well as summarizing the findings. This will include a compendium of the suggested alternative classifications as may have been required.

A principal goal of the Unz & Co. process is to leave the client not only with recommendations as to any corrected classifications as may have been necessary but to ensure that the client fully understands the concepts – the General Rules of Interpretation – that the client can then apply on its own for future classification work.

Unz & Co. will provide a detailed report of the results which will include:

1) A complete summary of the steps taken during the assessment process

2) Areas of compliance weaknesses as well as strengths

3) Detailed recommendations for improvements in those areas found to be deficient in compliance with CBP regulations

4) Specific recommendations on improvements and as to how they may be implemented by the client.

Schedule your consulting assignment now!

Call 800-631-3098 or e-mail consulting@unzco.com


Schedule your consulting assignment now!

Call 800-631-3098 or e-mail consulting@unzco.com

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