Introduction to Country of Origin

Duration: 90 Minutes
In this session, we'll review the basics of Origin, Globally, Regionally, and Nationally. Included will be the various agencies that oversee Origin matters and the concepts of non-preferential and preferential origin, such as the WTO, WCO, FCA, US CBP, and others. Further, we'll take a high-level look at the determination of origin, its applications, and the challenges and complexity of 'origin'.
Country of Origin
Product ID: 501743
Objectives of the Presentation
  • Understand the historical background, legal framework, and overall concepts of 'Origin'
  • Identify some of the various agencies that care about origin and why
  • Learn the difference between 'non-preferential' and 'preferential' origin
  • Understand how you can make origin determinations for your imports and exports
  • Briefly learn about the Federal Trade Commission's 'Made in USA' standard
  • Review some best practices for origin information data capture, data storage and data distribution
Why Should you Attend
All countries regulate the movement of goods across their borders. In most countries, this activity, for both import and exports, is governed by a Customs Agency or Customs Service, In the United States, since 2001's 9/11, US imports are governed by the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection ('CBP'). Pre-dating 9/11, entering into force in 1994, the U. S. Customs Modernization Act (a Congressional ACT), known as 'the Mod Act', transferred the responsibility of adhering to all US import laws and regulations to a shared responsibility between CBP and the U.S. Importer.

As the party primarily responsible for adherence to these laws and regulations with respect to imported goods, the importer should have a robust internal control program surrounding all its import activities. If you are a global trader and have any import or export activity, you are also subject, not only to your national customs laws and regulations, but also the globally-agreed upon trading rules established and adopted by all member nations of the World Trade organization ('WTO').

The main pillars of all global trade reflect these three primary areas of determination: Classification (what is it?); Valuation (how much is it worth?); and Origin (where was it made?). In this session we focus on the basics of determining where a product is made.

Areas Covered
  • History of the World Trade Organization, generally
  • Background on global 'Rules of Origin'
  • Review of what parties to a transaction care and why
  • How to operate in a multi-layered uncertain context
  • Best practices for supporting non-preferential origin
  • Relying on 19 CFR ยง102 for non-preferential origin claims
  • Special origin issues for recorded media/electronic transfers
  • Expanding your ERP's Material Master to accommodate Origin information
  • Seeking, Reviewing, Maintaining, Refreshing Origin Data
  • Implications of Origin on your Bottom Line
  • Record Keeping
  • A glimpse of Preferential Origin: Going beyond the Basics
Who will Benefit
  • Import Compliance
  • Export Compliance
  • Global Trade Solutions/IT
  • Supply Chain
  • Legal
  • Finance
  • Purchasing
  • Internal Audit
  • Operations
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Risk Management
Topic Background
One of the essential elements of global trade, along with 'Classification' and 'Valuation' is 'Origin', where something is made. All imports and exports must declare this basic element for every transaction but understanding and applying 'origin' correctly is not as simple as it may seem.
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Instructor Profile:
Randi Waltuck Barnett is a highly regarded global trade professional, having created and implemented global and domestic trade compliance programs across many industries for companies large and small. Her experience includes oversight of a $5B, 65-location division of Honeywell, a $3B, 17-location division of Motorola, and global trade optimization for Dell, Inc., among others.

Ms. Barnett has worked in the international trade arena in various industries for nearly 20 years. Her professional accomplishments include multi-million dollar global supply chain savings under various legal theories, as well as end-to-end global trade mitigation processes and procedures, identifying right sized technology tools, including "compliance on a shoestring" practices.

She has served on councils and boards for various organizations, including the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI), the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), is a charter-member of the International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA), and a frequently sought-after trade and supply chain conference speaker for various well-known conference organizers, including the International Compliance Professionals Associations (ICPA), the American Conference Institute (ACI), Marcus-Evans, and Richardson Conference Events.

A licensed customs broker, Ms. Barnett holds degrees in International Business, an MBA in Finance, began her pursuit of a J.D. in International Trade Law; she is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified and a Motorola Certified Instructor, available to meet any of your trade compliance, operations or global trade strategy needs.
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