How Trade Agreement Changes Will Impact Your International Business

Posted by: Doug Bruhnke - Global Chamber on Monday, March 16, 2020
 
Global Chamber® held a LIVE and virtual event with 5 key experts to an audience around the world on how businesses should proactively handle changes in trade agreements including USMCA (from NAFTA).
 
Special thanks to Indira Jeffrey her help and to Dean Sanjeev Khagram and the team at Thunderbird for hosting the event, including the webinar.
 
Watch the recorded program HERE.
 
As an exporter, importer or investor... how will trade deal changes impact your business in 2020 and beyond? What changes can you expect? What opportunities exist to stay one step ahead?
 
What should you and your business be doing next?
 
Expert Speakers
  • Sanjeev Khagram - Director General & Dean at Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Daniel Ujczo - Practice Group Chair, Int'l & Regional Practices at Dickinson Wright PLLC
  • Hank Marshall - Economic Development Executive Officer at City of Phoenix and UK Honorary Consul (AZ)
  • Honorable Jorge Mendoza Yescas - Consulate of Mexico in Phoenix*
  • Melissa Proctor - President at Miller Proctor Law

* Ximena Sotres Brito filled in for Consul General Mendoza Yescas, who got tied up in a legislative discussion.

Dean Sanjeev Khagram greeted us, and we kicked off the program with Dan Ujczo of Dickinson Wright, the world's premier expert on USMCA. We have Dan's presentation available for any member interested. Great info! Contact Dan.

Next Hank Marshall talked through Brexit and shared more about next steps including the upcoming discussions on a new trade agreement between the UK and the US. Changes are expected, and Hank is an excellent resource.

Ximena Sotres shared a presentation that we're not able to disseminate, but we can share the sources of the information here and here, and provide a summary document to members - please let us know. Thank you, Ximena!

Finally Melissa Proctor took us home with a detailed review of how you can be ahead of the tariff and trade changes, avoiding tariffs and recovering payments where necessary. For members who would like the info, let me know.

Doug Bruhnke - founder/CEO of Global Chamber®

Speaker Biographies
 
Daniel Ujczo - Practice Group Chair, International & Regional Practices at Dickinson Wright PLLC. Dan is an international trade and customs lawyer who specializes in Canada-United States matters. In addition to his legal practice, Dan has responsibility for coordinating the firm’s innovative Canada-US Platform where he collaborates with more than 400 Dickinson Wright attorneys who regularly assist businesses that have cross-border issues such as customs and compliance, corporate structuring, M&A, taxation, business immigration, intellectual property protection, and financial incentives. 
 
Dan also provides public policy counsel to governmental officials and corporate leaders in areas of regulatory cooperation, border security, economic development, labor mobility, corporate social responsibility, and public-private-partnerships. A US-licensed lawyer, Dan is one of the few individuals that has served in the US and Canadian governments, private practice, and academia. 
 
Prior to joining Dickinson Wright, Dan served as an officer in Canada’s foreign ministry where he was responsible for coordinating a network of government departments and Canada-US industry associations toward improving North America’s borders and ports-of-entry.  Dan also served as a liaison between government officials in Canada and the US, as well as routinely assisted companies in dealings with Canada-US regulatory agencies.
 

Hank Marshall - Economic Development Executive Officer at City of Phoenix and UK Honorary Consul (Arizona). Hank is Economic Development Executive Officer for City of Phoenix and he oversees the department's International, Business Development and Business Retention/Expansion programs and initiatives. His team is charged with the pursuit of opportunity that advances economic prosperity for the city of Phoenix. Prior to joining the city of Phoenix, Hank was Senior Vice President of International at the Arizona Commerce Authority. Hank was one of the key executives that assisted with the launching of the Arizona Commerce Authority in July 2011. From 2005 to 2011, Hank served as the CEO of AISLE21, an international consulting firm. Hank also serves as the British Honorary Consul to the state of Arizona. Marshall was raised overseas and spent many years in international corporate assignments. Marshall received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University in 1982.

Honorable Jorge Mendoza Yescas - Consulate of Mexico in Phoenix. Consul General Mendoza is new to Phoenix but not new to cross-border trade. He will be speaking as a representative of the Mexican government. Consul General Mendoza is a member of the Mexican Foreign Service. On March 5, 2019 he was appointed by the President of Mexico as Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix, Arizona.

Prior to his current posting, Consul Mendoza served as Consul of legal affairs and documentation at the Consulate General of Mexico in Vancouver, British Columbia, Vice-Consul in Administration at the Consulate of Mexico in Presidio, Texas, Consular Officer to the protection department at the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson. 

He has contributed to several printed and digital media sources in Mexico and the United States in matters of migration, binational affairs and US politics. Consul General Mendoza earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Sul Ross State University in Texas and a Law degree from the Universidad de Sonora.

 
Melissa Proctor - President at Miller Proctor Law. Melissa Proctor is the founder of Miller Proctor Law PLLC, an international trade law firm located in Scottsdale, Arizona. For almost 25 years, Melissa Proctor has been advising Fortune 500 companies, small and medium-sized companies and startups on the full range of issues involving export controls, embargoes and economic sanctions, customs laws and regulations, anti-corruption and anti-bribery compliance, and other government agency requirements that impact imports and exports.
 
Previously, Melissa worked for two well-known international trade law firms (Barnes, Richardson & Colburn and Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.), served as Manager in KPMG’s Customs and Trade Department, and also served as Corporate Counsel-Compliance for Amazon. Melissa’s Export Practice focuses on compliance with all aspects of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Foreign Assets Control Regulations, and the Foreign Trade Regulations. Her Trade & Customs practice focuses on customs valuation issues, tariff classification, country of origin and marking, special trade program and free trade agreement compliance, duty deferral and cost-saving opportunities, as well as border security initiatives. She also assists companies with their compliance with other U.S. federal government agencies that exercise jurisdiction over certain goods and technologies, as well as partners with companies in their development and rollout of sound anti-corruption and anti-bribery policies. Melissa represents clients through all stages of import and export enforcement actions by U.S. federal government agencies, updates clients on new legislative and regulatory developments, and provides in-house compliance training to companies, ensuring that personnel involved in international transactions can effectively navigate the complex web of international trade rules.
 
Melissa is a nationally known speaker on international trade topics, having lectured at Export Compliance Training Institute (ECTI), the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI), the International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA), CompTIA, Organization of Women in International Trade, the Retail Value Chain Federation (RVCF), the Florida and Arizona Bar Associations and Global Chamber®. She is also a contributing author of Thomson-Reuter’s Practical Law resources and publications on export controls, embargoes and sanctions, and customs compliance.
 
Sanjeev Khagram - Director-General and Dean at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Sanjeev Khagram is a world-renowned scholar and practitioner in the areas of globalization, transnationalism, leadership, strategic management, entrepreneurship, social enterprise, cross-sector innovation, public-private partnerships, inter-organizational networks, good governance, transparency, the global political economy, sustainable development, human security, and the data revolution. He holds a bachelor's in development studies and engineering, a master's degree and doctoral degree minor in economics and doctorate in political economy, all from Stanford University. Read more.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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