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North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Webinar Series:

Exporting to Mexico: Effectively Managing Customs

Beginning May 9, 2012

Find out how to save your company time and money when exporting to Mexico by learning how to avoid the most common customs mistakes made by U.S. exporters.

Customs issues are one of the top market challenges that U.S. companies face when trying to export their products overseas. Between 2009 and 2011, U.S. exporters committed numerous customs errors when shipping to Mexico, including mistakes in classification, valuation, NAFTA certificates of origin, documentation, packaging and labeling, and product marks. These errors had a significant impact on their bottom line.

The webinars in the series are targeted at clients who have never exported before or who have exported before, but for whom Mexico is a new export market. Selected webinars will address more complex issues facing current exporters to Mexico.

The webinar series will begin on May 9, 2012 and continue with one webinar every month. Each webinar begins at 2:00 p.m. ET and will last one hour. Simply click the title of the webinar that you are interested in and a registration page will be available. A nominal $25 registration fee will include power point presentation slides, audio, and a question-and-answer session. The webinars will be led by experts in their field and will address these topics:

1. What you need to know about Ventanilla Unica (May 9, 2012): Learn how this new program by the Mexican government will change the way documentation is presented and its impact on U.S. exporters.

2. Roles and Responsibilities of the Importer, Customs Broker and Freight Forwarder (June 13, 2012): Know the roles and responsibilities of the importer, customs broker and freight forwarder as it relates to NAFTA. You will learn how each of these experts can efficiently and effectively facilitate the export of your products to Mexico and Canada.

3. The Importance of the HS Number, Preference Criteria, NAFTA Certificate of Origin and Essential Documentation for Exporting to Mexico (July 11, 2012): Understand how to select a Harmonized System Number/Schedule B Number, Preference Criteria as well as how to fill out a NAFTA Certificate of Origin and other documentation.

4. Solutions Scenarios: Inbound Warehouses, Sending Samples to Mexico, Trading Companies (September 12, 2012): Understand the benefits of inbound warehouses and trading companies under NAFTA; how to send samples to Mexico without any problems and how to arrive at solutions when exporting to Mexico.

5. Compliance, Standards and Regulations to Exporting Goods to Mexico (October 10, 2012): Understand how to comply with NAFTA's standards and regulations when exporting goods to Mexico as well as the proper documentation and authorization needed at Mexican Customs.

6. Complying with Value Declaration Requirements (November 14, 2012): Learn about the value declaration requirements for Mexican Customs and understand the impact on U.S. exporters from experts at the Servicio de Administracion Tributaria (SAT) and Aduanas, CAAAREM (Mexican Customs Association).

7. How to Set Up Agents or Distributors in Mexico, Rules in Having a Direct Employee Present and Tax Implications (December 12, 2012): Learn how to set up agents, distributors and direct employees in Mexico and the tax implications that might occur in this process.

8. How to Handle Problems with Mexican Customs, Distributor and Agent Agreements (January 9, 2013): Learn how to handle potential problems with Mexican Customs and understand the possible technical violations and additional duties your shipment might incur at the border.

9. NAFTA Labeling Requirements to Exported Goods (February 6, 2013): Understand the NAFTA labeling requirements when exporting your goods and the importance of proper labeling when exporting to Mexico and Canada.

For more information, please contact Manuel Velazquez in Monterrey, Mexico at manuel.velazquez@trade.gov or Linda Abbruzzese in Washington, D.C. at Linda.Abbruzzese@trade.gov.