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Doing Business in the USA Seminar Scheduled for May 12, 2011 in Surrey BC

gboos | May 7, 2011 in Uncategorized,US Canada border,US Canada Trade Relationship,US Immigration | Comments (0)

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Seminar offers guidelines for USA sales, shipping and business transactions

A group of veteran Canada/USA and international trade professionals will provide practical guidelines to British Columbia entrepreneurs and professionals at an upcoming seminar entitled, Doing Business in the USA.

This one-day seminar is designed to give Canadian manufacturers, importers, distributors, agents and other business professionals the tools they need to easily expand their business interests across the border. Key topics include:
1. Dealing with “border issues”, such as U.S. travel and immigration planning, U.S. Customs clearance, business planning, taxation, currency exchange, and legal considerations.
2. Understanding “logistics issues”, such as establishing a USA business identity, warehousing, transportation, fulfillment, and handling of returned goods.
3. Introduction to “importing” lower-cost goods into the USA that have been “outsourced” or purchased in Asia, Europe and elsewhere.
4. “Sales/marketing strategies”, including market overview, sales/marketing fundamentals, lessons and pitfalls.
5. “Money, Money, Money!”, a lively open forum (with guest “experts”) to discuss various related topics of interest to the audience.
6. “Resource introductions”, including the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, which provides federal government programs and services at home and abroad.

The Doing Business in the USA seminar has welcomed over 4,000 attendees at various locations in BC since 1997. The main motivation for attendance by BC entrepreneurs hasn’t changed, namely the extra profit opportunity offered by a huge and affluent market of over 300 million buyers that is very receptive to foreign goods.

According to seminar organizer, Jim Pettinger, “Now is a great time for a Canadian company to invest in expansion to the USA. The strong Loonie will still buy 20 to 50 percent more marketing services in the still-depressed economy (e.g., tradeshows, travel, hotel rooms, advertising), but the U.S. economy has officially turned the corner and will soon return full force.”

The Doing Business in the USA seminar is targeted at three groups: (1) new exporters to the USA who need to know the basics, (2) new or inexperienced staff members of current exporters to the USA, and (3) professionals who advise the previous two. Plenty of time during the day is available for one-on-one and “round-table” meetings with the various resource people in attendance.
The Doing Business in the USA seminar will be held on Thursday, May 12 at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel, 15269-104th Ave, Surrey, BC from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Cost for the seminar is $195 pre-registered or $225 at the door ($145 each for 2 or more, and $25 further discount for registration before May 6). Also available is a special “after lunch only” rate of $75. For more information contact Carol Jackson at 1-800-799-8848 or visit

NSEERS: Gone (at last!!) but not forgotten

gboos | April 28, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

It has become inescapable to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that the NSEERS process does not work (this has been common knowledge amongst the immigration bar for years now). Accordingly  DHS has issued a notice that it is deleting all designated countries whose nationals and citizens are required to comply with National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) requirements from NSEERS compliance. This notice is effective 4/28/11 and affects citizens of Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Eritrea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

NSEERS was first implemented in 2002 as a temporary measure in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and was designed to record the arrival, stay, and departure of certain individuals from countries chosen based on an analysis of possible national security threats. The NSEERS registration required approximately 30 minutes to 3 hours in secondary inspection, per person, per arrival.  NSEERS registrants were also required to register upon departure at one of the 118 designated ports of departure, limiting travel flexibility.

 Kris Kobach, now the Kansas Secretary of State, is the person who conceived NSEERS originally; he was working for Attorney General John Ashcroft at the time.  He is also the person who drafted SB 1070, the controversial Arizona law that the broadest and strictest anti- illegal immigration measure in recent U.S. history that has resulted in racial profiling based law enforcement. This law has been enjoined by a federal judge.

 Mr. Kobach has no working background in immigration & citizenship law, which explains many of the flaws in his proposals (they typically aren’t drafted to address the problems they allegedly solve). His knowledge of immigration is strictly Ivory Tower; he has worked as an immigration law professor at a law school.

For an excellent account regarding the anti-immigrant mindset that led to NSEERS and similar programs see The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11 by Edward Alden.

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Greg Boos blogs from his office in Bellingham WA and his home in Vancouver BC. Please contact Greg the following address should you desire assistance on a US immigration matter:

Greg Boos, Attorney at Law
Cascadia Cross-Border Law
1305 11th Street, Suite 301
Bellingham WA 98225

At Cascadia Cross-Border Law, we create transparent borders!