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Insights into Canadian Free Trade Agreements and Economic Partnerships

  • DateOctober 26, 2022
  • Time11:00 AM EDT
  • Duration1 hour
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About this Webinar

With surging commodity prices, global supply shortages, looming inflation, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the war in Ukraine, Canadian companies are facing new challenges to purchasing materials and goods and fulfilling clients’ orders.

As Canada’s free trade partners continue to grow year-over-year, it’s increasingly critical for Canadian importers, exporters, and producers to stay abreast of existing trade agreements and take full advantage of accessing new markets, minimizing duty payouts and reducing costs.

Attend this webinar to learn how Canada’s free trade agreements and economic partnerships work and how they can benefit your business.

Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • A brief overview and evolution of free trade agreements and economic partnerships
  • Focus and comparison of Canada’s most popular trade and investment agreements, and impacts on your business (i.e., CUSMA, CETA, CPTPP)
  • Highlights of specific FTA qualification processes and requirements
  • Key benefits and compliance risks

Who Should Attend?

  • Individuals or businesses who would like a better understanding of how Canadian trade agreements can help them.
  • Importers with high-duty payout.
  • Canadian companies with subsidiaries in Europe and North America.
  • Importers/exporters shipping to/from Europe, Asia and North America.
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Our experts

Joumana Bteich: Senior Customs & Trade Advisor

As Senior Customs & Trade Advisor, Joumana works with global clients to help them mitigate risk and implement new processes for achieving Customs compliance.

Joumana has over 26 years of experience and her expertise includes Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, Free Trade Agreements certification and validation; compliance program reviews; tariff classification determination; import and export controls; voluntary disclosures; developing customs compliance procedures; Customs Self Assessment (CSA) reviews and implementation; appeals and duty recovery.

Joumana is bilingual in English and French, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and the CCLP (CITT Certification of Logistics Professionals) designation from the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT). She completed the Guelph Food Academy Food Safety Program with the University of Guelph (Feb-Jul 2016) and is enrolled in the CTCS (Certified Trade Compliance Specialist) program with the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers.

Gavin Everson: Director, Global Trade Consulting, EMEA, Global Trade Consulting

As Director, Global Trade Consulting, Gavin Everson has responsibility for advising and delivering Customs solutions to Livingston’s EMEA clients. He has over 35 years of experience in customs, international trade and logistics management, particularly in implementing customs and logistics processes and systems to meet multiple operational requirements and legislative regimes.

Gavin joined Livingston in April 2012 with the acquisition of the customs and trade compliance services business of JPMorgan, taking on responsibility for program management across Europe. At JPMorgan he was UK Operations Manager, implementing key compliance initiatives at Ford and AML and improving relationships between client, JPMorgan and UK Customs.

Gavin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Exeter, UK, and is qualified as a Six Sigma Black Belt. He is a member of the UK Customs Practitioners Group and a Chartered Member, of the UK Institute of Logistics & Transport.

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