Trade Compliance

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Trade Compliance Models - Part II: International Trade Compliance Department

Posted April 20, 2016


In our white paper, we describe four general models spanning the trade landscape that would be considered best practice leaders in the effective management of global regulatory compliance.

International Trade Compliance Department

(Large Canadian/U.S. Corporation)

The second model where trade compliance functions are organized along departmental lines, relates to internationally active companies, primarily in the North American region, with centralized corporate functions. Under this arrangement, a Vice President or Director of Regulatory Affairs reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, or chief Operating Officer, and oversees responsibility for trade compliance.

The department is responsible for international supply chain and export sales compliance with Canadian and U.S. Customs, including all OGDs/OGAs (other government departments or agencies) which may have regulatory oversight.

Ideally they are engaged in the strategic planning process including expansion or acquisition, but they are most often viewed primarily as a cost containment and liability management centre.

The team is linked with procurement, logistics, and sales areas internally, and has direct involvement to appoint and work with third-party providers for customs, logistics, transportation, and distribution.

Team members are specialists in trade compliance and logistics, directly involved in:

  • Regulatory projects;
  • Audits;
  • Origin verifications; and
  • Customs or OGD/OGA interventions where the entity is the “importer of record”.

Because the team is centrally located at the corporate head office in Canada or the U.S., there is a relatively close working arrangement on a day-to-day basis, augmented by regulatory scheduled meetings, quarterly reporting, and monitoring of key performance variables linked to strategic corporate objectives. 

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