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2020 Spring Regulatory and Responsible Distribution Workshops

Save the Date! 2020 Spring Regulatory and Responsible Distribution Workshops

The Spring 2020 Regulatory and Responsible Distribution Workshop will be March 10-12, 2020 at the Renaissance – Long Beach in Long Beach, CA.

  • March 10, 2020 – Regulatory Workshop: International Trade for Chemical Distributors
  • March 11-12, 2020 – Responsible Distribution Workshop

Hotel/Travel Information:

Our room block at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel is now sold out! The following hotels are within walking distance of the hotel and currently have availability (NACD has not negotiated discounted room rates with any of the following properties):

Hyatt Centric The Pike Long Beach (0.2 miles)
285 Bay St., Long Beach, CA 90802
Ph: (562) 432-1234

Westin Long Beach (0.2 miles)
333 E Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 436-3000

Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown (0.3 miles)
500 E 1st St, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 435-8511

Hyatt Regency Long Beach (0.3 miles)
200 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 491-1234


ONLINE: Click here to register online.

HARD COPY: Click here to download a hard copy registration form.

Fax completed forms to (703) 527-7747 or email it to

Registration Deadline: February 25, 2020


See the Regulatory and Responsible Distribution workshop agendas below.



Regulatory Workshop: International Trade for Chemical Distributors

DEBORAH B. STERN is a Member in the Import and Export Practice Group of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the Miami office, advising domestic and multinational clients on both U.S. and foreign customs compliance and other trade matters. She concentrates her practice primarily in traditional customs areas, such as tariff classification, seizures and penalties, country of origin marking, valuation, broker compliance, government procurement, trade preference programs and free trade agreements, as well as the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized System. With special emphasis in the high-tech sector, she has substantial experience in almost every product area of the tariff schedule. Notably, she has worked with a number of companies in life sciences, medical diagnostics, and various chemical products, and thus has intimate familiarity with the import issues this industry faces.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
8:00-8:30 am Breakfast and Registration
8:30-8:45 am

Introductions and Workshop Objectives Overview

8:45-9:15 am

Trade Compliance Basics
The role and responsibilities of the importer of record and customs broker; the importance of exercising reasonable care; overview of customs valuation, tariff classification, country of origin.

Review the newest NACD Responsible Distribution® program updates, including the recent enhancements to the Responsible Distribution Dashboard, as we launch the 7th Cycle.

9:15-9:45 am HTS Classifications
The classification process; role of customs rulings; best practices and common pitfalls in the chemicals section of the tariff
9:45-10:00 am Break
10:00-11:00 am

Customs Declarations and Entry Requirements
Required forms and processes including CBP entry forms, ISF filing, and more.

11:00-11:15 am


11:15 am-12:15 pm

Trade Remedies: ADD/CVD, China 301 Tariffs, Other 301 Actions
Responding to antidumping duty petitions, strategies for compliance with new tariffs, and other government actions that could impact your business.

12:15-1:00 pm


1:00-1:45 pm

Import Compliance Best Practices
The importance of proper record keeping, working with other government agencies, post-entry reviews, etc.

1:45-2:45 pm

Reduce Your Duties: FTA, GSP, MTB, Drawback, First Sale Valuation
Operational and regulatory cost saving strategies through lawful programs including free trade agreements, using the first sale in a multi-tiered transaction for customs value, exclusions, temporary duty suspensions, and refunds on exports.

2:45-3:00 pm

Final Questions and Closing Remarks

3:00 pm


Responsible Distribution Workshop

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
8:00-8:30 am Breakfast
8:30-10:00 am

Breakfast, Coffee and Open Forum Q&A

  • Ideal for new Candidates or Code Coordinators
  • NACD staff, advisers, mentor, and committee members will be available to go over program questions, how to get started, and answer questions
10:00-10:15 am


Review the newest NACD Responsible Distribution® program updates, including the recent enhancements to the Responsible Distribution Dashboard, as we launch the 7th Cycle.

10:15-10:30 am Welcome & Introductions
10:30-11:15 am

Top Tips for a Successful Verification
Caroline Brooks, Manager Responsible Distribution, NACD

Review helpful tips and suggestions for a successful verification  

11:15 am-Noon

Regulatory Briefing: What You Need to Know in 2020
Allison Tuszynski, Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs, NACD

This regulatory update will feature an overview of current regulatory priorities as we begin 2020 and review NACD regulatory resources.

Noon-12:45 pm


12:45-2:00 pm

Passing the Baton: Warehouse Partner Relations and Responsible Distribution

Moderator: Andy Lovenduski, Azelis Americas
Panel: Jason Iosco, Iosco Warehousing & Distribution LLC; Robert Lilja, Weber Logistics; and Brett Mears, Palmer Logistics

Back by popular demand! Join us for a panel discussion with logistical experts from Responsible Distribution on verified warehouses! Learn how to evaluate, assess, and enhance your relationship with warehouse partners. Listen as the panel shares their practices of excellence to help you maximize your organization’s efficiencies and bottom line.
2:00-2:15 pm

Break & Refreshments

2:15-3:00 pm

Change is Inevitable…But Are You Managing it?
Rolando Barrientos, Ross Organic, a division of Azelis Americas

What does MOC really mean? How to effectively use it and what should it cover? Why are we using it in Responsible Distribution?

3:00-3:45 pm

Sustainability: People, Planet, Progress
Jason Jacobus, Buckley Oil

Sustainability goes beyond simply being a good steward of our planet and doing the right thing. There is also an aspect of social responsibility to protect and invest in those who stand to inherit it. This session will explore the concept of social responsibility as it pertains to people, planet, and progress as we strive to create a more sustainable environment.

3:45-4:00 pm Day One Wrap-Up
5:00-6:00 pm Appreciation Reception



Thursday, March 12, 2020
7:30-8:00 am Breakfast
8:00-8:15 am


8:15-9:15 am

OSHA Top 10 Violations and Responsible Distribution
Peter Downing, Environment & Safety Solutions and Responsible Distribution Adviser

How prepared are you for when the OSHA inspector pays you a visit? Review OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations in 2019 and see how these cited areas map to the Responsible Distribution Code of Management Practice. Participants will then take a deep dive into one of the Top 10 cited areas for an interactive discussion.

Review the newest NACD Responsible Distribution® program updates, including the recent enhancements to the Responsible Distribution Dashboard, as we launch the 7th Cycle.

9:15-10:15 am

Digging Up the Roots! Root Cause Analysis Review and Exercise
Jake Taylor, Kestrel Tellevate and Responsible Distribution Adviser

Roll up your sleeves and prepare to dig up the roots! Identifying the proper root cause is a key component in any Corrective and Preventative Action Program.  This highly interactive and exercise-based session will guide participants through properly identifying root causes using real-world examples from 6th cycle non-conformance findings.
10:15-10:30 am

Break & Refreshments

10:30 am-Noon

Responsible Distribution in Transit: Carrier Selection and Integrating 3PLs into strong Responsible Distribution Programs
Moderator: Tracy Rogers, Univar Solutions
Panel: Drew Cherba, DSN Chemical Transportation; Greg Roop, IMCD, US LLC; and Jeff Reed, Skyline Transportation, Inc.

The safe and reliable transportation of chemicals through the supply chain is a top priority for all.  This interactive panel discussion will bring together the top experts in transportation from both asset and non-asset-based companies to discuss what are the expectations of the supply chain relationship.  What are some of the red flags companies should look for when selecting carriers and how can you convey Responsible Distribution through the supply chain.
Noon-12:45 pm


12:45-1:45 pm

Completing your Specifications, Triumph or Tragedy?
Terry Aubry, EMCO Chemical Distributors, Inc.

Building off the Top Tips for a Successful Verification Session, this session will take a closer look at the “dos” and “don’ts” when it comes to completing the Specifications.  Walk away with a better understanding of what the verifiers are looking for and how to create a polished and professional final report.

1:45-2:45 pm

Responsible Distribution March Madness Bracket Challenge
Caroline Brooks, Manager Responsible Distribution, NACD

It wouldn’t be March without a little madness. Bring your competitive spirit and test your knowledge of Responsible Distribution in the first ever Responsible Distribution March Madness Bracket Challenge.  

2:45-3:00 pm

Day Two Wrap-Up