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Customs Compliance

09.22.16 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Greater Cleveland Partnership, 1240 Huron Road East, Cleveland, OH 44115

In 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced a new initiative called “trade transformation.”

For U.S. importers, it was a significant and welcome change in philosophy, offering new advantages in international commerce and repairing significant barriers that had plagued importers in a post-9/11 world. To facilitate legitimate trade by weeding out bad actors, trade transformation shined a spotlight on regulatory compliance, which continues to drive the flow of U.S. trade.

Our speakers

Our panel of experts will provide a deeper dive into U.S. Customs compliance and insights on how to manage a complex and changing regulatory environment, develop a compliance program and create a culture for your company that makes compliance an integral part of your growth plans.
  • Damon Piatek, Welke Customs Brokers USA, is a licensed U.S. Customs Broker and Customs Compliance Specialist with more than 18 years of experience in the import/export, customs, transportation, and logistics sectors.

  • Robert J. Leo, Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury, is a partner in the New York office of Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury and has served as a cleared advisor to the U.S. government on customs and trade facilitation issues since 1991. He was re-appointed in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Customs and Trade Facilitation (ITAC 14).

  • Nate Ward, SBDC Export Assistance Network at CSU is director of the Global Business Center and the SBDC Export Assistance Network. He has extensive international experience within manufacturing and banking industries. His international business experience includes sales, logistics, marketing, pricing, research and product development.


Cost: $25 for GCP/COSE members; $40 for nonmembers. To register, please contact us at or 216.592.2390.