Preparing For A Customs Investigation
  • CODE : BEHR-0015
  • Duration : 90 Minutes
  • Level : Intermediate
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Martin K. Behr is a customs and international trade lawyer admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of International Trade. Martin received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University, a Master of Public Administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law - Newark. He is also a licensed U.S. Customs Broker, one who worked in the industry for several years.

Martin is a former U.S. Customs officer, who was stationed at land, air, and seaports of entry. While with U.S. Customs at the Port of New York/Newark, he was a member of the agency's export control branch. Martin is also a former special agent with the U.S. Department of Defense, an assistant prosecutor with the Office of the Hudson County (NJ) Prosecutor, and executive with a global FMC-licensed Ocean Transportation Intermediary. An instructor with City University of New York's Baruch College, Martin teaches international trade courses (import, export, logistics, business, and law). In addition to his legal practice, Law Office of Martin K. Behr (, he is of counsel to GRVR Attorneys LLC, a customs and international trade law group headquartered in Dallas, TX.

How to recognize and prepare for civil and criminal Customs investigations.

Customs investigations are conducted by Special Agents of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, or CBP officials with the appropriate authority. Typically, companies will receive a formal notice of investigation, and depending on the results of the investigation civil or criminal penalties are possible.

You will learn how to recognize and prepare for civil and criminal Customs investigations, recognize when they may be underway, how to deal with investigators, and how to mitigate possible penalty actions.

Areas Covered

  • Import and export laws and regulations
  • Civil and criminal investigations
  • Differences between investigations, audits, and non-investigatory inquiries
  • Recognizing an investigation when it is underway, notifying the appropriate officers, and designating a contact person
  • How to avoid turning a routine inquiry or audit into an investigation
  • Dealing with agents conducting an investigation
  • Cooperation
  • Penalties

Course Level - Beginner or Intermediate

Who Should Attend

Importers, exporters, inspectors, customs officers, customs brokers, insurance companies, surety companies, pharmaceutical, food stores,  financial companies, banks, transportation providers (rail, air, ocean, trucking), legal, paralegals, beverage manufacturers, foreign trade zone operators, testing laboratories, accountants, CPAs, financial advisors, international trade consultants, federal and state and local government contractors, warehouse operators, sales departments, customer service departments.

Why Should You Attend

Even the most compliant importer or exporter can get caught up in a customs investigation that directly or tangentially involves its business. Preparing for an investigation and knowing what measures to take if one happens can help companies successfully navigate what can be a difficult and time-consuming process. This 90-minute webinar will review the different types of investigations and how to handle them.

  • $149.00

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