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MGTA SEMINAR – Import Basics

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13 Feb 2013 08:00 AM 4:30 PM Ewald Conference Center
1000 Westgate Drive
St. Paul, MN 55114
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Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Presenters: Deb Thompson, Thompson Trade Services, LLC; & Sue Senger, Instructor – Global Trade & Supply Chain Management; St. Paul College; Tami Karakas, The Toro Company; and Lou Bernier, LCB/CCS, North Star World Trade Services, Inc.
Location: Ewald Conference Center, 1000 Westgate Drive, St. Paul, MN


By February 8, 2013
Member: $95
Non-member: $160

After February 8, 2013
Member: $120
Non-member: $185


8:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome & Introductions – Deb Thompson, Thompson Trade Services, LLC & Omar Bohorquez

8:40 a.m. Basics of Importing – Deb Thompson, Thompson Trade Services, LLC

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Basics of Importing; Import Process – Deb Thompson, Thompson Trade Services, LLC

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Payment Cycle – Sue Senger, Instructor – Global Trade & Supply Chain Management; St. Paul College:

1:30 p.m. Return goods – TBD

2:00 p.m. Industry Perspective – Tami Karakas, The Toro Company

2::20 p.m. Break

2:35 p.m. The Import Broker - Lou Bernier, LCB/CCS, North Star World Trade Services, Inc.

2:55 p.m. Industry Perspective - Aasha Wanless, Global Trade Compliance Manager

3:15 p.m. Recordkeeping and Audit Ready - TBD

3:45 p.m. Q & A

4:00 p.m. Adjourn


This seminar will focus on the basic regulations and requirements that apply to importing product into the United States. This introductory seminar will provide instruction on general import basics, the process of importing, primary requirements applicable to all imports, including items returned, a brief overview of the usual documents, the import broker and recordkeeping requirements.


Importers new to importing and those importers seeking refresher training, exporters with returned goods, manufacturers (particularly if you use imported merchandise to make your products), customs brokers, trade compliance and anyone involved in the import process.


Deb Thompson
Deb has held various positions in international trade, including 15 years in International Trade Compliance. Her most recent position is owner and consultant in her trade compliance consulting firm. She has conducted various seminars regarding International Trade Matters and Import/Export compliance topics both domestically and abroad. Deb holds a B.S.B. degree in Management from the University of Minnesota, a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and is a member of the American Bar and Minnesota Bar Associations. Deb is a former MGTA director, current MGTA Professional Development Committee member, member of SIA, and is a member of the Twin Cities Import/Export Council.

Tami Karakas
Tami Karakas has been with The Toro Company for 13 years and manages the Global Trade Compliance Department. Prior to joining The Toro Company, she worked in the Import Department at Target for 15+ years. Tami has been a licensed Customs Broker since 1998. Current responsibilities include leading Toro to ensure compliance with all U.S., Mexican and Canadian Customs' laws and regulations. Develops, implements and governs U.S. and International trade policies to ensure full compliance with all trade regulations regarding import and export. Develops and implements procedures to ensure that Toro meets all C-TPAT, and Homeland Security requirements for all facilities.

Susan Senger
Susan Senger is the advisor/instructor of the Global Trade and Supply Chain Logistics programs at Saint Paul College. She has been an instructor at Saint Paul College since 1990. Each program is designed to provide practical knowledge and hands-on experience to both students seeking to enter a career in global trade and logistics and employed professionals upgrading their skills. In addition to full-time instruction, she also facilitates job placement for these programs.

Concurrent with her position at Saint Paul College, Susan provides private consulting services specializing in NAFTA, U.S. Customs compliance, international trade finance instruments and training. She has taught seminars across the United States on NAFTA.
Prior to joining Saint Paul College, Susan spent 15 years as an international banker working at major Midwestern banks. She worked with letters of credit, collections, foreign exchange and providing seminars. She holds both graduate and undergraduate degrees from the College of Saint Scholastica in business management. In addition, she has been active in several organizations including past president of the Midwest Global Trade Association (MGTA), and member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Fraternity.

Lou Bernier
Lou Bernier is a Licensed Customs Broker, receiving his license in 1991. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of MN with major areas of study in Finance, Marketing, and Business Law. He is the Vice President of Import Operations, Customs Compliance Manager, and CHB license holder for North Star World Trade Services Inc. Lou is a member of the Midwest Global Trade Association (MGTA), and of the National Customhouse Brokers & Forwarders Association (NCBFAA). As a customhouse broker, Lou has interacted with all levels of US Customs and OGA officials. He has advised importers and conducted training on; HTS Classifications, Prior Disclosures, Anti-Dumping Duties, Free Trade Agreements, Prior Disclosures, and Reasonable Care.

Aasha Wanless
Aasha has been with Donaldson Company since May 2011. Prior to joining Donaldson, Aasha held various global trade compliance roles at Best Buy and General Mills. At Best Buy, Aasha served as the Global Trade Services Senior Manager and started up and led its global trade compliance function.

Aasha holds a Masters of Business Administration, International Focus, from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Chaminade University in Hawaii. She served in the US Navy, Joint Intelligence Center Pacific and is a Licensed Customs Broker.

Aasha lives in St. Louis Park with her husband, two little girls (ages 2 and 4), and Golden Retriever.

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