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The ability to acquire a large body of knowledge and pass it down from generation to generation is really the key characteristic that distinguishes human beings from other species on this planet, and the body of knowledge is becoming larger and larger as human civilization advances. Today, the knowledge explosion is upon us. Living in a world dominated by knowledge economy, people need to constantly update, absorb, and apply new sets of knowledge and skills.

Trade compliance professionals as a subset of the population are no exception. For instance, many companies that enter import/export business for the first time tend to assign the compliance task to someone in the supply chain group who has little to no background in trade compliance. Very few people set out on a career path to develop an expertise in the trade compliance field, but it is a highly necessary and valued position in today’s global environment. Compliance staff need not only to keep themselves informed and knowledgeable of the relevant and up-to-date regulatory requirements, but also to help their colleagues to understand and implement compliance obligations throughout the organization. Given the complexity and volatility of regulatory environment, compliance professionals have a strong and most of the time unsatisfied need for training in knowledge update and practical skills.

The training need gets more urgent if the compliance work is considered in Chinese context:

Every industry and company has its unique operating environment and distinctive training needs. With comprehensive training experience, Questoud can help you identify and satisfy the training needs of your organization.

Johnny Xie - the founder of Questoud is an accredited trainer of World Customs Organization (WCO). He has trained hundreds of foreign Customs officials on a full spectrum of Customs topics in person, facilitated the Customs modernization processes in many developing countries. When he was leading the Regional Training Center of WCO in China, he managed and participated in numerous Capacity Building programs for different Customs Administrations in collaboration with plenty of authoritative organizations such as WTO, WCO, UNEP, and World Bank etc.

By combining trade compliance subject expertise with professional training methodologies, Questoud makes sure that its training programs are relevant, practical, cost-effective, and more likely to achieve the intended results.

Here, we list a number of training programs for your reference:

Fundamentals of U.S. Export Control

China's Trade Controls in a Nutshell

Tariff Classification

Rules of Origin

AEO Certification

Customs Formalities & Compliance

Fundamentals of U.S. Export Control

Description:

The program introduces the fundamentals of U.S. export control regime, including its history, legal framework, regulatory bodies, key terms and important notions, relevance in Chinese context, and compliance know-how etc. It also comes with useful tools and tips regarding how to achieve better compliance performance in daily practice.

Objectives:

After finishing the program, the participants will be able to tell the constitution of U.S. Export Control system, understand the control terms and correctly use them in practice, establish and implement the basic controls in line with the text and spirit of U.S. Export Control legislation, perceive and visualize the potential risks and take preventative measures accordingly.

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China's Trade Controls in a Nutshell

Description:

The program systematically introduces the major controls imposed on the import and export by Chinese government, and how to comply with the controls in practice. It depicts the history and evolution of China’s trade control system, explains the current legal framework and regulatory bodies, summarizes the prohibitions and restrictions on merchandize, illustrates the licenses and licensing processes, and provides useful tools and tips for daily compliance work.

Objectives:

After finishing the program, the participants will be able to tell the structure of China’s trade control system, identify the key processes in compliance efforts, find and stay current with relevant legislation, establish and implement the basic controls in their organization, manage license application and use in practice.

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Tariff Classification

Description:

The program introduces the Harmonized System and its classification protocols, illustrates the structure of China’s tariff book and its relation with the Harmonized System, and demonstrates how to classify commodities that are relevant to your business by applying the protocols and with reference to the explanatory notes, Customs rulings and decisions. It also clarifies the significance of classification and its impact on the entire business.

Objectives:

After finishing the program, the participants will be able to describe the classification protocols and apply them in practice, understand the significance of classification and devote more attention and resources to the work, be aware of the common mistakes and take preventative measures in response.

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Rules of Origin

Description:

The program introduces the rules of origin and their applications in international trade, compares the preferential rules of origin with the non-preferential rules of origin – both are currently in use, illustrates how to execute the origin analysis of your products by following relevant rules of origin and how to determine their eligibility for certain FTAs.

Objectives:

After finishing the program, the participants will be able to tell the meaning of rules of origin and the differences between the preferential rules of origin and the non-preferential ones, identify the suitable rules in practice and use them to determine the origin of a product, establish and implement the FTA compliance controls, be aware of potential pitfalls and take measures to avoid them.

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AEO Certification

Description:

The program introduces the concept of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO), explains the rationale behind AEO and its relevance to businesses, clarifies AEO certification standards and procedures, and illustrates how to conduct self-assessment for the purposes of AEO certification or trade compliance improvement.

Objectives:

After finishing the program, the participants will be able to describe the value of AEO certification in the context of their business operations, understand AEO certification standards and procedures, design and implement self-assessment programs, and bring the organization’s compliance performance to a higher level.

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Customs Formalities & Compliance

Description:

The program introduces the import and export Customs formalities in a comprehensive and general way, explains various trade patterns and Customs control terms, illustrates the common procedures of Customs clearance, and identifies the key processes with respect to Customs compliance.

Objectives:

After finishing the program, the participants will be able to describe the major steps of Customs clearance and the compliance requirements at each step, understand various trade patterns and Customs control terms, appreciate the significance of Customs compliance and devote more attention and resources to the work, recognize the potential mistakes and violations and take corrective measures accordingly.

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Please note that the listed programs are for illustrative purpose only, what we can offer is far more than the listed. And for you, the deliverables will be a very special training program tailored to your specific needs.

Please also note that training as a proactive measure to prevent bad things from happening is much more effective than as a reactive measure after an audit or investigation to mitigate the sanctions. Supporting this point, regulatory bodies encourage businesses to establish relevant and regular training mechanism to maintain sufficient in-house expertise, and consider it an important criterion for compliance assessment.

Development in information and communication technologies (ICTs) has significantly increased the efficiency of processing and transmitting information. From distance learning to e-learning and mobile learning, we embrace each and every advance in ICTs. Back to 2005, Johnny managed WCO’s first roll-out project in Asia Pacific Area, the success of the project enabled thousands of local learners to access and benefit from WCO’s E-learning materials. Today, we recognize that:

  1. The quantum leap in network capacity and the proliferation of portable, Internet-enabled devices are the key pillars of mobile learning;
  2. The infrastructure for mobile learning is ready and keeps improving;
  3. Time available for training has been reduced and fragmented;
  4. Mobile has become a prominent feature of many jobs;
  5. Most time, mobile devices is the best way to reach and engage all employees.

Therefore, in addition to the aforementioned traditional training programs, Questoud can help you develop state-of-the-art mobile learning courses, or transform your existing materials into the anywhere, anytime mobile learning modules.

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