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The Basics of Importing

The Basics of Importing

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     Robert J. Leo, partner in the New York office of Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury, will discuss the Basics of Importing at a seminar being held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 18 at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Living/Learning Center Heritage Hall.  Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

     The workshop is designed for importers and their staff who are involved in purchasing, traffic, logistics, labeling, contract administration, coordination with customs brokers or with any aspect of the import process; customs brokerage personnel; freight forwarders; consultants, and In-house Counsel will benefit from this presentation.

     In his presentation, Mr. Leo will focus on the basics of importing, with emphasis on the laws and best practices of importing.  Specific topics to be addressed include:

  • The role of the importer and Customs, civil and criminal penalties for failure to comply
  • Required questions that must be answered prior to importation
  • The processes of classification and valuation
  • Recordkeeping requirements, and
  • Internal controls and communication practices to ensure compliance.

     The cost of the event is $99 per person; three or more $89 per person.  The fee includes a networking luncheon.

     Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury is a law firm specializing in U.S. and international law and regulations governing exports and imports.  Mr. Leo is a cleared advisor to the U.S. government on customs and trade facilitation issues, and has served in that capacity since 1991.  He was recently reappointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Customs and Trade Facilitation (ITAC 14).

     Mr. Leo is a member of the Board of Governors of the American Association of Exporters and Importers, having served as the organization’s vice president and counsel from 1989 to 1991.  He is also a member of the New York-based trade association, NEXCO, and is active in other associations including the Customs and International Trade Bar Association and the Home Fashion Products Association.  He graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, and received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

     The program is endorsed by the American Association of Exporters and Importers, a national trade association representing U.S. companies before Congress and the Executive Branch.

     For additional information on the seminar or to register, contact the Pitt-Johnstown Office of Community Education and Outreach at 814-269-2099 or visit their website at for a registration form.  The deadline for registration is Friday, November 6.

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 11/4/2009 10:10:00 AM