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MGTA Webinar: Export Compliance 101

Webinar: Export Compliance 101

Promoted by the Midwest Global Trade Association
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When:Tuesday, March 16, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
United States
Contact:Jeffrey Kauffmann

Online registration is available until: 3/15/2021


DESCRIPTION:   This webinar will cover the fundamentals of exporting from the United States, presented by Rachel Limon of Minnesota State Trade Office, and the basics of export compliance, presented by local export control attorneys David Townsend and Valentin Povarchuk. The compliance topics will address dual-use export controls under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), embargoes and economic sanctions, restricted party lists, and end-use controls, as well as antiboycott rules, latest enforcement trends, and export declaration requirements under the Foreign Trade Regulations.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  Trade Compliance professionals, Legal, Purchasing, C-suite executives, Logistics

FEES:  Members: $75 Non-Members: $100  Students: $15  

SPEAKERS: Valentin Povarchuk – Principal of Midwest Trade Law and Sr. Corporate Counsel for Trade Compliance at Seagate Technology 

Valentin Povarchuk has been advising clients on export compliance for 15 years.   Recently Valentin returned to in-house work as Sr. Corporate Counsel for Trade Compliance at Seagate Technology.  In his spare time he also maintains a boutique international trade law practice which is uniquely positioned to advise clients in the American Midwest region.From 2012 to 2019 Mr. Povarchuk served as in-house Trade Compliance Counsel at 3M Company, where he was the primary attorney responsible for legal advice on embargoes, economic sanctions, export controls, antiboycott, and antidumping matters across more than 25 business divisions and over 70 overseas subsidiaries.  He provided strategic advice to the trade compliance leadership team and high-level business leaders of the company, led the development of 3M’s trade compliance policy framework, and provided training and guidance on implementation of trade compliance processes to 3M colleagues around the world.Mr. Povarchuk has been a speaker at numerous trade compliance conferences, including past MGTA events,  WorldECR Forum, American Conference Institute’s Forum on Economic Sanctions, and Global Trade Development Week.  He also has authored many articles and co-authored Exporter Policy Procedures Manual with Michael Burton. 

David Townsend – Counsel at Dorsey & Whitney LLP 

Dave focuses on advising clients on U.S. economic sanctions, export controls, customs law, and national-security related matters, including matters before the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  He helps clients with voluntary self-disclosures, enforcement matters, developing corporate compliance policies, and trade due diligence in mergers and acquisitions.  Dave’s clients have included those in a variety of industry sectors, including various agricultural products, chemicals, energy, distilled spirits, financial and other services, solar products, and steel.Dave is adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he teaches a course on U.S. economic sanctions and export controls.  Dave also previously taught at the Georgetown University Law Center on WTO agreements, negotiations, and disputes.

Rachel Limon – Regional Trade Manager & Protocol Officer at Minnesota Trade Office

Rachel Limón is the State of Minnesota’s Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) Regional Trade Manager for Latin America, Caribbean and Protocol Officer. She assists Minnesota companies identify and develop export strategies and opportunities in the international marketplace. She has created a successful program called the Latin America Seminar Series, which has served to assist Minnesota companies to increase their exports to Latin America. Rachel organized and led the IT Delegation during Governor Jesse Ventura’s Trade Mission to China, in 2002. She also organized and participated in Governor Pawlenty’s Trade Missions to China 2005, India 2007 and South America 2009. She has assisted with Governor Dayton’s trade missions to Japan & Korea, China, Europe and Lt. Governor’s recent mission to Cuba. She has lead Study Minnesota Embassy Missions to various Embassies in Washington DC and internationally. 
Rachel has several years of International management experience.  Prior to joining the MTO, Rachel worked as an International Distributor Representative for Skyline Displays, an international tradeshow booth design and manufacturing facility in Eagan, Minnesota. She provided consultation and training to the international distributor network in Latin America, Europe and Asia. She also worked for a telecommunications manufacturer in Wisconsin as a Sales and Marketing Manager and traveled extensively throughout her seven state territory in the southeastern part of the U.S.  
Rachel graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Master’s Degree in International Management and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish and Psychology.  She speaks fluent Spanish. Rachel has several years of international experience and has lived and studied in Mexico. She has also traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Europe. Rachel serves on the Executive Board of the Minnesota–Uruguay Partners of the Americas. She serves on the Advisory Board of Study Minnesota and St. Cloud State University. She is a certified Protocol Officer from the Protocol School of Washington.