Day 1 - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

9:00
Conference Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks
9:15
Leveraging the Benefits of the New Customs Facilitation Program: How to Update Your Trade Operations to Ensure Compliance and Save Costs, Time and Resources in a Rapidly Evolving Environment
10:15
Panel Discussion: Companies Share Their Experience on How They Implemented the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone (SHPFTZ) Reform
11:15
Coffee/Tea Break
11:30
Preparing for the Reform of Regional Clearance Integration: The Latest on Yangzi River Delta and North Region – and the Potential Pros and Cons for Your Business
12:15
Keynote Address From US-China Council: Trade and Market Access Challenges in China
12:35
Lunch and Industry Networking Discussions
1:45
What to Expect from the New China Customs Audit Approach: How Audits are Shifting From “Examination” to “Management” and How to Prepare for Newfound Risk
2:45
Managing a Chinese Government Customs Investigation: The Latest on Targeted Industries and Shipments, and the Most Effective Ways of Communicating with Local Enforcement Officials
3:45
Conference Day 1 Ends
4:00
Import Compliance Program Benchmarking: What Companies Are Doing to Tailor Their Programs to the China-Specific Context and Risks

Day 2 - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

1:30
Achieving Operational Efficiency for Imported Materials in this Era of Automation: The Latest Best Practices for Effective Handbook Management
9:00
Co-Chairs Opening Remarks
9:05
Maximizing Duty Savings by Leveraging Free Trade Agreements: How to Extract the True Benefits of FTAs to Optimize Profitability for Your Company
10:15
Practical Case Studies on How to Apply the Unique “Country of Origin”: An Analysis of Common, Risky Scenarios and How to Resolve them
11:00
Tean and Coffee Break
11:15
Benchmark on Classification Strategy: How to Prevent Costly Mistakes that Can Trigger an Anti-Smuggling Bureau (ASB) Government Investigation
12:15
Lunch for Attendees and Speakers
2:15
Resolving Customs Valuation Challenges Affecting Your China Customs Compliance Status: How to Approach Complex Royalty Payment and Arm’s Length Pricing Issues
3:00
Contrasting Customs Compliance Requirements in Other Asian Jurisdictions: How to Adjust Your Asia Trade Compliance Program in Response to the Changing Regulatory Landscape
3:45
Co-Chairs’ Closing Remarks and Conference Ends
4:00
An A to Z Guide to Surviving a Customs Audit: The Most Significant Missteps to Avoid Now Before It’s Too Late

Day 1 - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

9:00
Conference Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks

Grace Ai
Senior Manager, North Asia Trade Compliance
Tyco Corporation (Beijing)

Manuelito Chua
PRC Trade Controller
Intel Corporation

9:15
Leveraging the Benefits of the New Customs Facilitation Program: How to Update Your Trade Operations to Ensure Compliance and Save Costs, Time and Resources in a Rapidly Evolving Environment

Kae-por Chang
Managing Director, China
Amber Road

Asta Nie
Head of Customs and Trade Compliance, BMS China
Bayer Material Science

Joan Pan
Vice President, HP Network Compliance Office Enterprise Group
Hewlett Packard Company

  • Pinpointing recent Customs reform in primary areas and future decentralization of administrative approval trend
  • How Customs reforms and policy initiative affect your trade operations and business mode
  • What is a sustainable program in this fast evolving environment
  • How to reassess and redesign an efficient program to allocate logistics resources based on the new developments
  • How to save costs and overcome financial resources challenges

10:15
Panel Discussion: Companies Share Their Experience on How They Implemented the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone (SHPFTZ) Reform

Daniel Cui
Trade Compliance Manager, GSC
Husky Injection Molding Systems

James Hu
Global Customs Staff
Delphi

Panel Moderator:

Damon Paling
Customs & Trade Partner
PwC (Shanghai)

  • Concise review of the key reform measures implemented by Customs and CIQ covering areas in FTZ such as simplified declaration and clearance procedures and methods of Customs supervision
  • Experience sharing in areas of work-order based handbook reconciliation, improved bonded warehouse operations, improved clearance in SHPFTZ
  • Experience sharing on engaging in dialogues with Customs/CIQ and other stakeholders such as 3PL and Customs Brokers when implementing new trade facilitation solutions

11:15
Coffee/Tea Break
11:30
Preparing for the Reform of Regional Clearance Integration: The Latest on Yangzi River Delta and North Region – and the Potential Pros and Cons for Your Business

Matthew Murphy
Managing Partner
MMLC Group Lawyers & Consultants

Robert Jin
Senior Trade Compliance Manager
Life Technologies (Shanghai)

  • Discussing Yanzi river delta, and Beijing, Tianjing and Hebei reform plan and cross-regional customs clearance and release
  • What is the different expectation among each ports, and which one you should choose
  • Status update on the progress of reform implementation, and the potential for more ports expansion
  • How to integrate your HS code for the goods
  • Planning strategy: How to accelerate the clearance and save time

12:15
Keynote Address From US-China Council: Trade and Market Access Challenges in China

Jake Parker
Director and Chief Representative
US-China Business Council

12:35
Lunch and Industry Networking Discussions

Learn informally during lunch as you sit at the industry table of your choice and discuss the unique customs challenges in your industry. Attendees will have an opportunity to reserve their table at the beginning of the conference. Industry tables will include:

  • High Technology and Telecom
  • Retail and Consumer Products
  • Life Sciences and Healthcare
  • Automotive and Aerospace
  • Oil & Gas and Mining

1:45
What to Expect from the New China Customs Audit Approach: How Audits are Shifting From “Examination” to “Management” and How to Prepare for Newfound Risk

Cindy Wang
Corporate Import and Export Compliance Director
Honeywell

Manuelito Chua
PRC Trade Controller
Intel Corporation

Jerry Qian
North Asia Customs Manager
Cargill

  • What are the key new audit areas? What they are based on?
  • Discussing self-disclosure system and pilot self-discipline program
  • What to expect from Customs post import and export review
  • How to assess the company’s exposure under the new requirements
  • What are the primary risk areas on handbook, bonded manufacturing, customs valuation, classification, duty exempted goods
  • Improving import, export, credit management and risk management
  • How to conduct voluntary audit and conduct self-audit report
  • Identifying new compliance issues beyond the scope of current trade facilitation
  • How to respond to auditors’ request: Providing factual objections to protect company right as well as the right to reply and prepare a defense

2:45
Managing a Chinese Government Customs Investigation: The Latest on Targeted Industries and Shipments, and the Most Effective Ways of Communicating with Local Enforcement Officials

William Marshall
Partner
Baker & McKenzie

Lei Wang
Legal Counsel, APAC
W.L. Gore & Associates (Hong Kong)

  • Understanding the severe legal exposures arising from ASB investigations
  • Key pitfalls to avoid when preparing for broadening scope of China Customs investigations
  • Checklist on customs investigation procedures
  • How to communicate with customs effectively to save time and avoid extra duty and penalty
  • How to assist in Customs Investigation when you are requested as a supplier or other third party to other business
  • Which industries and shipments are potential investigation targets and why
  • What documents you need to prepare in your regular operations to prepare for custom investigation
  • What to do when Customs finds problem during the investigation: Quick response, corrective action and internal control to avoid investigation
  • Given the severe consequences, what level of compliance resources is enough to ensure legal compliance and prudent legal defense

3:45
Conference Day 1 Ends
4:00
Import Compliance Program Benchmarking: What Companies Are Doing to Tailor Their Programs to the China-Specific Context and Risks

Jason Yao
Senior Partner
Wan Hui Da Law Firm

Lily Zhang
Trade Compliance Manager, Asia Pacific
Celanese

Michael Xue
Director of Trade Compliance, Asia Pacific
Ingersoll Rand (Shanghai)

With the fast pace of regulatory changes and Customs reforms in China, the urgency to implement a robust customs compliance program has increased. An effective customs, China-specialized strategic operational plan will enable importers to identify financial benefit, ensure corrective actions are taken, as well as develop and implement costsaving opportunity by allocating your company resources.

Led by experienced industry leaders, this interactive and practical workshop will provide you with ultimate opportunity to benchmark your customs compliance program with peers. The interactive and practical workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Identifying your value position for your trade team
  • Contrasting decentralized vs. centralized operations, how to plan to structure your team effectively, by function or by sector
  • Allocating the import compliance function and legal, logistics and finance resources
  • Assessing customs compliance risks based on geographic scope, business sector, function, third party and other factors
  • What is your leading style – hands-on, being in-house consultant or set up policy
    • How to select and keep the trade talents
    • How to design a strong program to train a strong team as well as your third parties
  • How the global team views special customs risks in China and how to adjust
  • Implement self-assessment procedures: how to test your compliance program and detect potential weaknesses
  • Developing a strategy and the right personnel to establish a closer relationship with Customs
  • What to expect for the cross-border E-commence you speak about it like it’s new

​16:00 – 18:00 (Registration Begins at 15:45)

Day 2 - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

1:30
Achieving Operational Efficiency for Imported Materials in this Era of Automation: The Latest Best Practices for Effective Handbook Management

Frank Hang
Partner
Global Law Office

Grace Ai
Senior Manager, North Asia Trade Compliance
Tyco Corporation (Beijing)

  • Status update on customs Automation developments
  • How to establish an automation platform for your customs and trade management
  • How to transit from semi-annual E-book to complete automation E-account platform
  • How to adjust the management system for import operation so as to comply with customs supervision requirements
  • Identifying reasons causing the customs handbook imbalance and implications for customs operation
  • Internal cross-functional customs handbook balancing, management platform and strategy
  • How to maintain relevant documentation and records in daily basis to support customs handbook reconciliations

9:00
Co-Chairs Opening Remarks

Grace Ai
Senior Manager, North Asia Trade Compliance
Tyco Corporation (Beijing)

Manuelito Chua
PRC Trade Controller
Intel Corporation

9:05
Maximizing Duty Savings by Leveraging Free Trade Agreements: How to Extract the True Benefits of FTAs to Optimize Profitability for Your Company

Frank Xu
International Trade Compliance Manager, Asia Pacific
INVISTA Management (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.

Flora Sun
Managing Director, Greater China
Mayer Brown Consulting

Cathy Wang
APAC Trade Manager
Eaton (Shanghai)

  • Status update on what new FTAs China belongs to and is currently negotiating for
  • What benefit and risk your company will face based on the precedents with new countries, such as Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong and the European Union
  • What industries have limitation on FTA
  • What is the procedure to apply for an FTA, where you should go to file for FTA
  • What kind of certificate you need to apply to increase duty saving for your goods and business
  • What kind of benefits you will get for filing for different certificate of FTA
  • Meeting records retention requirements, and establishing internal controls to follow new FTAs and rule changes
  • Mitigating the penalties for incorrect FTA Claims
  • HS Code reconciliation between country of export and China
  • How consignment through Hong Kong creates “loss of origin”

10:15
Practical Case Studies on How to Apply the Unique “Country of Origin”: An Analysis of Common, Risky Scenarios and How to Resolve them

Yong Zhou
International Trade Counsel
Jun He Law Offices

Dean Zhang
General Manager
Jiangsu OFS Hengtong Optical Technology Co., Ltd

  • How to define “Rule of Origin”
  • How to apply for certificate when the situation is outward processing
  • The relationship between rule of origin and anti-dumping tax
  • Discussing the situation when loss of origin
  • Identifying “Loss of Origin” involving third party invoicing
  • How to minimize the risk of the most complex scenarios causing wrong origin

11:00
Tean and Coffee Break
11:15
Benchmark on Classification Strategy: How to Prevent Costly Mistakes that Can Trigger an Anti-Smuggling Bureau (ASB) Government Investigation

Xu Shan Shan
Senior Partner
Shanghai Hiways Law Firm (Shanghai)

Michael Kwan
Managing Director, China Region
Burgess Norton Manufacturing Company (Suzhou)

Victor Shen
Chief Legal Officer
Henkel Greater China & Korea

  • In-depth discussion about “Correct Classification”
  • How to integrate the HS code data through the entire company and implement the HS code system into your daily operations
  • How to prevent from misusing HS Code and some practical tips
    • Strategy to integrate different ports with same HS code
    • Strategy for identifying HS code for new developed products, by functions first or by components first
    • How to manage and integrate supplier’s HS Code
    • How to classify the item correctly if there is inaccurate Chinese translation of the item name
    • Benchmark integrating HS code system by team vs. by individual personnel
  • Weighing the pros and cons of outsourcing HS Code integration system
  • Is “no misconduct” a “Safe Harbor”?
  • Without the intention to misuse the HS Code, can criminal liability be avoided?

12:15
Lunch for Attendees and Speakers
2:15
Resolving Customs Valuation Challenges Affecting Your China Customs Compliance Status: How to Approach Complex Royalty Payment and Arm’s Length Pricing Issues

Dolly Zhang
Director| Indirect Tax/Tax and Business Advisory Services
Deloitte China

Yan Hai
Senior Partner
Guangsheng & Partners

  • Discussing recent royalty payment customs investigations
  • Deciphering key provisions governing royalty payments in China
  • Preventing the common mistakes importers make regarding valuation on royalty payment
  • What kind of decisions can be challenged
  • Learning lessons from Custom Arm’s length cases have taught us
  • Interpreting Customs “functional analysis and benchmarking result sections of the transfer pricing documentation”
  • How to closely monitor the material import price against available market price information
  • How to ensure the inter-company prices are Arm’s Length pricing
  • How to conduct a thorough internal review before making any submission to Customs
  • How to response to customs valuation audit or investigation
  • Rulings and price consultation process

3:00
Contrasting Customs Compliance Requirements in Other Asian Jurisdictions: How to Adjust Your Asia Trade Compliance Program in Response to the Changing Regulatory Landscape

Roy Huang
Senior Director, Global Trade Management APAC
Avery Dennison

John Reeves
Trade Controls Specialist
Boeing

  • Status update on other Asia countries trade status
    • Which mainland import rules also apply to Hong Kong when you import from Hong Kong
    • Horizontal comparison of trade import compliance, duty and regulations in other Asia countries
    • Contrasting the challenges in other Asia Countries and the key risks
    • Look forward to China’s Trade future involving in whole Asia trade environment, and future development trends

3:45
Co-Chairs’ Closing Remarks and Conference Ends
4:00
An A to Z Guide to Surviving a Customs Audit: The Most Significant Missteps to Avoid Now Before It’s Too Late

Sheana Chen
Senior Counsel
Texas Instruments

Deming Zhao
Senior Partner
HaoLiWen Partners

With Customs policies and enforcement evolving rapidly in China, importers must proactively prepare for the challenges of traditional customs audits as well as prepare and implement a new self-audit process. An effective self-management strategy, efficient compliance measures and documentation will enable importers to successfully go through a customs audit and avoid hefty fines.

Led by experienced industry leaders, this comprehensive workshop will provide you with a complete guide to the new China Customs audit process and criteria. Learn how to respond to auditor requests, and take away valuable tools that will help you withstand the rigorous audit process. Benefit from case studies and make sense of methodologies that China customs auditors use during the audit process. This practical and interactive workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Practical review of new audit regulation
  • What should be done before the customs designated self-audit
  • Which industries and shipments are potential audit target and why
  • Does the customs auditor have the power to revaluate import shipments
  • Which company might be qualified to self-audit, on which criteria
  • Understanding how China Customs uses internal risk management systems to identify audit targets
  • What China Customs expects your written policies and procedures to include, and how they are used in audit process
  • How to prepare company officials for interviews with Customs auditors
  • How to determine the scope of resources to devote to the self-audit process
  • How to assist in the third party audit
  • What to do when auditors find an error: quick response, corrective action and internal control
  • How are customs audits linked to potential ASB (Anti-Smuggling Bureau) investigations
  • How to tackle customs audit report
  • What lessons can be learnt from recent customs audits, including non-trade payment, transfer pricing valuation, classification, handbook balance
  • Are there any pre-taken measures to avoid any individual or corporate intent of smuggling in audit cases
  • How can outside counsel and advisors best protect the company in audit cases

​16:00 – 18:00 (Registration Begins at 15:30)