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Whether your need is for a long-term project, for an analysis of a current problem or for trade compliance outsourcing, O&A will ensure your questions are answered, your problems resolved and your business can continue to do what it is supposed to do: grow.

Our network of trade compliance professionals brings with it the expertise with Customs and Border Protection, Bureau of Industry and Security, International Traffic in Arms and Foreign Assets Control regulations, and extensive experience with Customs and Border Protection's primary initiative--supply chain security--to help clients of all sizes in diverse industries ensure that trade compliance planning becomes a strategic part of driving value, developing business and minimizing costs. Our rates are reasonable, ensuring your ROI on trade compliance will support, not hinder your business plan.

     Basic import compliance, including

  • Record Keeping
  • Classification
  • Assists
  • Valuation
  • Country of Origin determination and marking

  Basic export control, including

  • Record keeping
  • EAR vs. ITAR (and OFAC)
  • Classification (ECCN and USML)
  • “US Person” (defined)
  • And control of foreign persons in the US. 

           Country of origin (for Buy and Sell items):

  • Determination for imports
  • Determination for exports
  • Marking for imports
  • Marking for exports


  • HTS (tariff number)
  • ECCN (Export Control Classification Number from the Commerce Control List in the Export Administration Regulation)
  • USML (United States Munitions List from the International Traffic in Arms Regulations)

     Supply Chain Security:

  • C-TPAT
  • Development of a security plan
  • Development of internal training
  • Preparing for a domestic and foreign validation visit by US Customs and Border Protection
  • ISF
  • Comparisons to C-TPAT and import customs clearance
  • Auditing
  • Strategic alliances to minimize fines and penalties
  • Mapping of supply chains and identification of business rules
  • NEEC (Mexico)

      Incoterms® 2010

  • Definitions
  • Domestic vs. international usage
  • Comparisons to previous versions
  • Use in Terms and Conditions
  • Strategic use in negotiation to minimize risk and maximize profit for Purchasing and Sales
  • Issues with supply chain security (ISF, C-TPAT, AEO, etc.)
  • Issues with export control requirements

      The import process from the perspective of Purchasing

      The export process from the perspective of Sales

      NAFTA: a free trade agreement we should use to make money!

  • The NAFTA defined
  • The rules of origin explained
  • Net cost vs. transaction value in your regional value content analysis
  • Record Keeping
  • How to exploit the NAFTA to maximize international and domestic sales
  • What to do if your goods do not qualify for NAFTA


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