Save the Date – Beyond the Ports: Customs and Border Protection Enforcement (Webinar)

August 6, 2013 | The Toy Industry Association (TIA) will host a webinar at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2013 to give industry stakeholders a behind-the-scenes view of U.S. Customs and Border Protections (CBP) ‪enforcement and trade facilitation, and to provide insight on how to streamline importation of products during the coming holiday season.

‪During the webinar, Ed Ryan, chief of import safety and international trade specialist for CBP's Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center, will discuss Customs' targeting practices, including what CBP looks for when screening toy imports and what they often find, as well as how CBP works with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and CBP's plan for future targeting. 

Also presenting will be Lynn Brennan, assistant port director for CBP in Savannah, Georgia and acting deputy director of the newly created Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising Center for Expertise and Excellence (CEE), established this year. Brennan will discuss the functionality and benefits of the CEE, which serves as a centralized point of import processing for toy importers and aligns CBP's expertise along industry sectors to increase customs knowledge of industry and facilitate trade. She will also address the future of customs organization. 

The webinar is being held in response to members' expressed interest in import-related issues. Last month, TIA issued a survey asking members to rank which global commerce issues were of greatest interest to their companies, and CBP issues were among the most highly rated. TIA is taking other identified topics into consideration for future fall webinars to assist toy companies in mitigating any issues that may impact the delivery of their U.S.-bound goods.

The webinar will be free for TIA members and $49 for non-members. Registration and additional webinar information will be available in the coming weeks. Questions from members and industry stakeholders may be submitted in advance; to the extent possible, answers to these questions will be discussed during the presentation. As with other TIA webinars, the session will be recorded and available post-event for those who are unable to participate live.