Trade Compliance Special Interest Group

Explore the foundational elements of building and maintaining solid trade compliance programs, departments and processes for long term success.

The Trade Compliance Special Interest Group (SIG) offers a forum for individuals involved in import/export activities and trade compliance within UWEBC member companies to interact, share opinions and expertise, and leverage each other’s experiences.

Attendees of the SIG:

  • Engage with a trusted peer-to-peer network of trade compliance leaders, customs brokers, import/export professionals and those who support trade activities, such as legal and compliance departments.
  • Identify opportunities to further enhance their current trade compliance processes and structures.
  • Validate their organization’s compliance strategies and practices through knowledge exchange with other participants and subject-matter experts.

Participation in the Trace Compliance SIG is reserved for vice presidents, customs brokers, directors, managers and practitioners of UWEBC member companies with direct responsibility to trade compliance initiatives, including those that outsource this function. If you would like to learn more about the Trade Compliance SIG, please review the SIG’s charter document and/or contact UWEBC Supply Chain Management Practice Director Wayne Thompson at or 608-890-1298.

Read the Trade Compliance SIG charter document»

Next Meeting

Trade Compliance Special Interest Group Meeting 

Best Practices in Building a Trade Compliance Program 
April 08, 2020 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM 
Learn best practices in developing and refining a trade compliance structure in a changing landscape. 

Benchmarking against other members on a particular topic is one advantage of being a UWEBC member. Despite differences in the types of business, products and origin, the broad scope of trade compliance lends itself well to sharing best practices among members that don't necessarily have the exact same challenges.

In this installment of the trade compliance SIG, we will share best practices in building an import compliance program, both from those starting to build, to those refining an already in place program and how to prepare for the future. Ruth Girmscheid from ICS will lead us through some best practices learned from her time at Johnson Controls and as the owner of a customs brokerage. Jay Nash a global trade compliance consultant and Research Fellow at SUNY Albany, will provide input from an attorneys point of view. We will be asking UWEBC members to come prepared with their best practices to discuss as a group and in breakout sessions. More speakers to be confirmed. Please not a meeting specific to export compliance will be held at a future date.

Participate in Customizing the Agenda: You’ll have the opportunity to play an active part in shaping the agenda for this session – and to maximize its relevance for you – by suggesting and selecting topics for break-out discussions. Once the agenda is complete, you choose the discussions you want to join. This will be a highly interactive session so come prepared to share your questions, challenges and insights!  

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