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2020 Spring Regulatory Workshop

The Spring 2020 Regulatory Workshop will be March 10, 2020 at the Renaissance – Long Beach in Long Beach, California.

  • March 10, 2020 – Regulatory Workshop: International Trade for Chemical Distributors

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



Ensure your company is meeting all its international trade regulatory requirements by attending the NACD Regulatory Workshop: International Trade for Chemical Distributors presented by international trade attorney Deborah Stern. Sessions in the workshop will cover HTS classification, filing entries with Customs & Border Protection, duty reduction programs, and current trade issues including the Section 301 China tariffs. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions. Make sure your company is compliant with import regulations by sending a representative to this valuable training session.


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


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.



ChemEdge Pre-Con Workshop Agenda


Please click the bold session name to view a description.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
8:00-8:15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Jennifer Gibson, NACD Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

8:15-8:30 am

Overview of TSCA Legislative Intent and TSCA Framework
Kathleen M. Roberts, Vice President, B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), an Affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

This session will include an elementary review of the key sections of TSCA, including important terms and definitions and how the sections fit together in an overall TSCA framework.

8:30-9:45 am

TSCA Compliance: What You Must Know, Right Here – Right Now Part 1
Kathleen M. Roberts, Vice President, B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), an Affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

This session will cover the TSCA Inventory including Active/Inactive Designations, Section 11 Inspections, Section 8(c), Section 8(e), and more TSCA regulations applicable to all chemical handlers.

9:45-10:00 am Break
10:00-11:15 am

TSCA Compliance: What You Must Know, Right Here – Right Now Part 2
Kathleen M. Roberts, Vice President, B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), an Affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

We will conduct a deep dive into how EPA handles chemicals imported into the U.S., Chemical Data Reporting (CDR), substances subject to Section 4 testing, substances subject to Section 5 Significant New Use Rules (SNURs), and Section 12(B) notifications for exporters.

11:15 am-Noon

Industry Perspective on TSCA and Implementation
Scott Simmons, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Maroon Group LLC

This session will highlight the new aspects of amended TSCA and provide some reflection and recommendations regarding how to efficiently comply with the changes. Learn practical tips through real-life experiences implementing and maintaining TSCA compliance. This session will focus on explaining amended TSCA in layman’s terms from an operational perspective.

Noon-12:45 pm Lunch
12:45-1:45 pm

Understanding and Preparing for What Might Be Coming Next
Kathleen M. Roberts, Vice President, B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), an Affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The training session will close out with an overview of critical TSCA requirements understanding and preparing for what might be coming next. Topics covered will include the 2020 CDR, Section 4 Test Rules, Section 5 New Chemicals, Section 6 Prioritization, Risk Evaluation, Risk Management and Fees.

1:45-2:00 pm Final Questions and Wrap-Up