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Trade Fest Recap

Trade Fest

A special thanks to Diane Cima, Compliance Specialist, for providing some of the pictures.

Mohawk Global Trade Advisors (MGTA) had a great turn out at Trade Fest in Geneva, NY. We’d like to give a sincere thank you to all of the attendees, speakers, and sponsors for making the event a complete success.

The day was filled with insightful seminars discussing various topics such as, surviving import audits, securing your cargo with SOLAS, understanding ATA Carnet, and saving money with duty drawback and foreign trade zones. The event was live tweeted by Mohawk’s marketing team; here’s a preview.









Thank you again to our Trade Fest speakers Amanda Barlow of Roanoke Insurance Group; Jon Yormick of Philips Lytle LLP; Bill Kaufman of Customs and Border Protection; John Manzella of WTC Buffalo Niagara; Jodi Earle of Crossman Corporation; Mary Slack of Spectracom Corporation; Rhonda Augustine of Seal & Design; and Rich Roche, Nathan Holsing, Robert Stein, Jim Trubits, Robyn Moore, Sue Nans, Cindi Kavanaugh, and Kristen Morneau of MGTA.


A special thank you to our sponsors Mohawk Global Logistics, High Tech Rochester, Philips Lytle LLP, Avalon Risk Management, Questaweb, Roanoke Insurance Group, Western New York FTZ Operators, and Ontario County FTZ 289. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without you.

Sponsor Tables at Trade Fest

By Danielle Passage


Kristen Morneau and Robyn Moore to speak at Maine Import Forum

Know your docs: Kristen Morean and Robyn Moore to speak on Oct 13 at Maine Import Forum

MGTA’s own Kristen Morneau and Robyn Moore will be speaking at the Import Forum at University of Southern Maine on October 13.

The Import Forum will cover what Maine’s small- and medium-sized businesses need to know about importing including valuable import entry procedures, how to minimize risks of penalties and pitfalls, and best practices to maximize your import profits.

Kristen and Robyn will be presenting on import documentation, FTZ, and duty drawback during the “Logistics: From Docks to Docs” segment of the program, in conjunction with MGTA’s local partners, OceanAir.

Mohawk Global Trade Advisors is a proud sponsor of this event.

Event Details
Import Forum
When: October 13, 2-5pm
Venue: University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME 04101
Cost: $45 for MITC members, $65 for non-members
Registration: Advanced registration required. Click here to register.

Kristen Morneau is Senior Advisor for Mohawk Global Trade Advisors. Click here to read more about Kristen.

Robyn Moore is Duty Drawback Manager for Mohawk Global Trade Advisors. Click here to read more about Robyn.


Catch Jim Trubits on Oct. 19 at Youngstown State University

Foreign Goods Returned: Save on duties, taxes, and fees. With Jim Trubits on Oct 19.

Join Jim Trubits, of Mohawk Global Trade Advisors (MGTA), on October 19 in Youngstown, OH for “Importing for Successful Exporters,” a panel discussion hosted by the Ohio Small Business Development Centers.

The panel will be speaking about the key finance, compliance, and logistics issues that many small business exporters run into when importing components and accepting returns into the U.S.

As a licensed Customs broker with decades of experience, Jim will be explaining how to implement strategies to reap significant savings on the duties, taxes, and fees for foreign goods returned.

This event is proudly sponsored by Mohawk Global Trade Advisors.

Event Details
Importing for Successful Exporters
October 19, 9am-noon
Venue: Williamson College of Business at YSU, Room 3423
Cost: $25
Parking: Free parking available. See flyer for details.
Registration: Click here to register. Registration closes October 13.

Jim Trubits is a licensed Customs broker, certified Customs specialist, and Vice President for Mohawk Global Trade Advisors. He is endorsed by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) as a Certified Global Business Professional. Click here to learn more about Jim.


Get Ready to Blend Destination Control Statements

Blender with 2 documents going into it

Effective November 15, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) will enforce new requirements for the destination control statements needed under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The revisions will combine both destination control statements, used for EAR and ITAR, to make one statement. This will help to alleviate perceived concerns for exporters of non-600 series and non-9×515 ECCNs under the EAR.

Destination Control Statements

Currently under the EAR, exporters are required to include a destination control statement on certain transactional documents, such as commercial invoices, ocean bills of lading, and air waybills, which is similar to the ITAR requirements, with the exception of a few words. The purpose of the destination control statements, for both cases, is to alert that the item is subject to the EAR/ITAR. This means that an item exported to a specific destination, must not deviate from that destination.

The Wording of the New Destination Control Statements

Per the amended 15 CFR 758.6,

“These items are controlled by the U.S. government and authorized for export only to the country of ultimate destination for use by the ultimate consignee or end-user(s) herein identified. They may not be resold, transferred, or otherwise disposed of, to any other country or to any person other than the authorized ultimate consignee or end-user(s), either in their original form or after being incorporated into other items, without first obtaining approval from the U.S. government or as otherwise authorized by U.S. law and regulations.”

What the Revision Will Do

The joined destination control statements will use phrasing that can apply to EAR and ITAR exports, making only one statement necessary. By harmonizing these rules, the one destination control statement will only be required on commercial invoices and will no longer have to be included on air waybills, bills of lading, or other export control documents. Additionally, destination control statements will only be required for items exported in “tangible form,” such as physical goods. However, if a commercial invoice does exist for an “intangible export,” such as software, schematics, engineering plans, etc., it is still recommended by the BIS to include a destination control statement or other relevant export control-related information. Having only one destination control statement will make it easier to automate documents since the same destination control statement can be used for both EAR and ITAR shipments.

What to Take From This

Only your commercial invoice is required to have the destination control statement on it. However, it is a best business practice to have the destination control statement on quotes, pro forma invoices, or order confirmations you might send to customers. Additionally, the BIS recommends that you include a destination control statement on other relevant export control-related information such as, on applicable drawings and other “intangible items” sent in electronic format.

By Danielle Passage

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