Why, How, and How Much

CTPAT is the new normal and an industry standard. Changes to the minimum-security criteria (MSC) in 2020, remote validations, and recent developments are requiring new and existing CTPAT program members to dedicate increased attention and resources to maintaining program membership. Join us as we interpret the information and explore the steps you can take towards certification and successful implementation.

Topics Include:
  • Explore the positive impacts CTPAT can have on your organization both internally & externally
  • Understand the CTPAT Process and how to become a member
  • Investigate time investments, 3rd party costs, and available resources

Becoming a Licensed Customs Broker – 2022

Exam to License to Practice

Becoming a Licensed Customs Broker (LCB) will expand your skills and confidence in your career, and we want to help you begin your journey! Let us show you the benefits of getting your Customs Broker license and give you a comprehensive guide to getting your license. Star has a reputation for successfully preparing our students for the exam and would be thrilled to have you in our next exam prep course!

Topics Include:
  • Understand the benefits and why becoming an LCB is lucrative
  • Gain insights into the requirements and costs for becoming an LCB
  • Access to powerful resources and expert advice to prepare for the exam


Opportunities, Requirements & Insights

The new duty-drawback law is the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA), which was enacted on February 24, 2016. These updates to the law provide opportunities in several areas of the U.S. economy and should be carefully reviewed by importers, exporters, & manufacturers. We'll dive in and provide a concise breakdown on determining the eligibility of your goods and maximizing the benefits of drawback


Topics Include:
  • Understanding drawback and how it applies to manufacturing
  • Determining if your business is eligible for drawback benefits
  •  Applying for drawback and capturing savings

Landed Costs

Why they matter and how to calculate them. 

There's more to transportation costs than the shipping price - taxes, customs, insurance and other fees play an integral role. These costs can have a major effect on your pricing strategies. We'll jump in and explore the key variables and how they change, providing you with tools & techniques along the way so that you'll be equipped to identify and calculate the true spend on your international shipments.


Topics Include:
  • Differences between landed costs & standard costs
  • Calculating landed costs
  • Advice & insights for controlling your landed costs
  • Recommended: Basic understanding of Incoterms® 2020

ECCN and Licensing

Legally exporting your goods and services

ECCNs are five character alpha-numeric designations used on the Commerce Control List (CCL) to identify dual-use items for export control purposes. We'll review how to determine Export Control Classification Numbers and provide strategic guidance on successfully navigating the CCL. Get the knowledge and resources you need to make license determinations and expedite the license application process.
Topics Include:
  • Understanding and using ECCNs
  • Defining & applying the term 'Dual Use'
  • Determining if you need a license
  • Applying for an export license

Routed VS. Non-Routed Transactions

Know Your Role

A routed export transaction (RET) occurs when the foreign buyer of the goods contracts with a freight forwarder or other agent to export the merchandise from the United States.
In this webinar we'll explain the differences between routed and standard exports along with providing guidance on your role and how to properly avoid risk during a routed export transaction.
Topics Include:
  • The ins & outs of RETs
  • The role of US agents
  • Processes & risk avoidance
  • Forms required

AD/CVD Overview

Coping with CBP's laser focus

Antidumping and Countervailing duties are additional fees that the United States uses to discourage demand for products deemed to be import sensitive.

AD/CVD are currently one of the costliest Priority Trade Issues fixed on CBP's radar, which is why we're taking a closer look at importer responsibilities and exploring some of the levers that can be pulled when this sensitive situation enters the picture.


Topics Include:
  • Understanding AD/CVD
  • Avoiding AD/CVD
  • Determining if AD/CVD applies to your products
  • Risk mitigation when facing AD/CVD

USMCA Qualification Process

Avoid Mistakes & Leverage The Tariff

Don't be hasty with your USMCA Certifications! Do you know what you're signing and what your responsibilities are? Know the rules, get the tools, and pick up some new tactics for qualifying your products under USMCA.

Topics Include:
  • Why USMCA is not NAFTA
  • Business benefits of participating in USMCA
  • The product qualification process
  • Common mistakes & how to avoid them

Restricted Party Screening

Proper Screening Mitigates Risk

Learn how Restricted Party Screening, Denied Parties, and Specially Designated Nationals can impact your organization. In this session, you will learn the fundamentals of screening, the risks involved, and some easy steps you can take to keep your transactions secure!

Topics Include:
  • Fundamentals
  • Risks
  • How Tos

HTSUS Classification

Accurate classification is all about the details.

This conversation discusses the fundamentals of HTSUS Classification and why it matters to your organization. Avoid common mistakes and learn fundamentals to keep your company compliant.

The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) is the legal basis for application of tariffs and duty rates. It also informs any tariff-related programs, including USMCA and other Free Trade Agreements, AD/CVD, Section 232, Section 301, and many more.

There are more than 18,000 HTSUS classifications across 22 Sections and 99 Chapters. The HTSUS is 10 digits long: the first six from the HS plus two at the Tariff-Item level where duty rates are applied and two more for statistical reporting.

Topics Include:
  • Navigating the HTS
  • Classification of Parts
  • Parts of General Use
  • HTS Variants
  • Explanatory Notes
  • Legal Notes
  • How to Classify
  • Examples & Best Practices

INCOTERMS® 2020 – Buying & Selling

Get your terms right.

INCOTERMS® Rules dictate the transfer of risk and responsibility, as well as which party is responsible for specific aspects of the transaction – including the payment of duties, the import and export clearance of the goods, the arrangement and payment of freight, and more. Watch this webinar for detailed insights and expert guidance on using proper shipping terms during international transactions.

Topics Include:
  • General Application
  • Buying
  • Selling

2022 HTS Updates

The HS is used by 183 countries and in roughly 98% of all global trade.

The Harmonized System (HS) is updated every 5 years by the WCO to keep up with current conventions, new technologies, emerging trade practices, and to provide visibility and consistency to Customs administrations around the world.

Join us as we explore this 7th revision since its implementation in 1988.

Topics Include:
  • 2022 HTS Updates
  • Impacts of HTS updates
  • Navigating the changes