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Seminar: Canadian Trade Compliance Explained

Gain Control of Your Customs Process

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Importing and exporting commercial goods into and out of Canada can be a complex endeavour. It requires a good understanding of various Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and other government department (OGD) regulations. In this full-day seminar (half customs compliance and half customs audit) we will focus on the differences between voluntary and enforced compliance, the definition and expectation of “reasonable care”, the potential monetary risks of non-compliance, required documentation and more. Throughout the day, you will learn the importance of complying with customs regulations and what you can do to assure that you meet all of the requirements governing the movement of commercial goods. Whether you are importing or exporting as a resident or Non-Resident Importer (NRI), you should be aware that at some point your business is likely to be selected for a customs audit thus making it imperative that you are in control of your business’ customs process.


Patti O'Malley, CCS, CTCS, CIFFA
Certified Customs Specialist, Certified Trade Compliance Specialist and Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association graduate with over 30 years of experience in Canada-bound importations. Patti is a Senior Trade Advisor with Pacific Customs Brokers (Canada).

Mike Wright, LCB, CCS, CTCS, CIFFA
Licensed Customs Broker, Certified Customs Specialist, Certified Trade Compliance Specialist and Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association graduate with over 25 years' experience in Canadian customs brokerage. Mike is a Trade Compliance Specialist with Pacific Customs Brokers (Canada).

Topics Include:

  • Responsibility of the importer
  • Role of the customs broker
  • CBSA and other government departments
  • Country of origin
  • Tariff classification
  • Free trade agreement eligibility
  • Entry types
  • Required documents and forms
  • Verification priorities
  • Customs audit triggers
  • Reasonable care
  • Record keeping
  • Risks of non-compliance
  • Monetary penalties and delays
  • Voluntary disclosure
  • PIP enrollment and the benefits

Professional Development

  • 10 points towards maintenance of the CCS and CTCS designation(s) will be awarded by the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers (CSCB).
  • The Law Society of British Columbia has approved this seminar for credits towards the professional development requirement for certification.

Date, Time and Location:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

  • 9:00 am - 3:30 pm PDT

Pacific Customs Brokers - Seminar Room
101 - 17637 1st Avenue, Surrey, BC

Registration Information:

Select "Register Online" to begin the online registration process.


Select "Register Offline" to download a fillable registration form. Please complete and submit this form via email or fax to:

Fax: 604.531.3120

Fee: $145 CAD plus GST (per attendee)

Included with your registration is a complimentary 30 minute consultation at our office or by phone with one of our Trade Advisors. Advanced booking is required and not guaranteed to fall on the same day as this seminar.

Contact Information:

Trade Compliance Education Team
Phone: 888.538.1566

Registration Deadline:

Friday, April 17, 2015
*24 hour cancellation notice is appreciated