Jim Conrad

Jim Conrad
Jim joined Tradewin in 2009, continuing a successful career in international logistics and trade compliance that began in 1980. He has spent more than three decades in leadership roles overseeing international trade compliance including the positions of corporate Director of Operations and as Chairman of the Board of Directors for a large U.S. shipper’s association. Jim’s technical background covers a wide range of international trade areas including harmonized tariff classification, valuation, anti-dumping and risk analysis. Jim is a graduate of North Shore Community College and majored in Business Administration at Salem State University. He is a member of the International Compliance Professionals Association and a U.S. Licensed Customs House Broker.

Recent Posts

25 Awesome Research Sites for the U.S. Compliance Connoisseur

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When it comes to compliance, there are a multitude of things to juggle. I’m often asked for a link to one government site or another and there are certainly hundreds of sites to choose from.

Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees.  Here is a list of websites that contain some basic guidelines for a laundry list of compliance issues. 

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Topics: Duty Drawback, Section 301

Section 301 Duty Recovery in a Pandemic

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It’s been an extraordinary year in international trade. Higher duties, more complex supply chains driven by trade actions, and a pandemic that has left many businesses understaffed in important areas.

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Topics: Duty Drawback, Section 301

Importing PPE into the US

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As we strive in the US to obtain enough personal protective equipment to keep first responders and the general populace safe, the rules for importing these essential items seem murky at best.  There is a lengthy list of PPE products flowing into the United States, so let’s target masks for today’s discussion.

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Recovering Section 301 Duties

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As we continue to see challenges in the news with international trade, I must remind you that along with the darkness, there is some light for importers. While the United States Section 301 China duties remain in place, the US Trade Representative has published more than 40 exclusion lists, impacting the vast majority of both large and small importers.

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Some U.S. Trade Updates You Might Want to Know About

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While we wait for the US Administration to work out details on any potential trade deal with the EU, Turkey has moved to the forefront.

Section 232 steel duties on goods produced in Turkey will be doubled to 50% effective August 13th  with an increase for aluminum duties to 20% still pending. Automobile and automobile parts duty increases are still being contemplated. 

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Topics: Free Trade Agreements, United States