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LaCharo Owens

LaCharo Owens

Global Trade Compliance Specialist

LORD Corporation

Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Area

Over 17 years of experience in key Global Shared Services positions. Specialties: Global Trade Compliance including: Free Trade Agreements, Harmonized Tariff Classification (HTSUS), Drafting and Implementing Import Policies and Procedures. FDA Import Compliance (medical devices), International Letters of Credit (certified),...

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LORD Corporation

Global Trade Compliance Specialist

Responsible for the overall management of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) programs. Completes annual eligibility determinations for NAFTA, KORUS (Korea-U.S.), and Israel including all aspects of Bills of Material (BOM) analysis, origin verification and interpreting rules of origin for each trade agreement. Supports business units in achieving set KPI targets for solicitation and qualification of product lines. Research and resolves complex trade compliance issues.
Selected accomplishments:
• Trained sales and customer service departments on FTA procedures and solutions.
• Partnered with global affiliates to identify free trade opportunities for costs savings both internally and for external customers.
• Developed a more efficient process for the NAFTA program which resulted in the qualification of an average of 2500 products across four business units.
• Developed a solid relationship with Israeli customs ensuring adherence to customs procedures.
• Drafted and updated existing free trade procedures and work instructions.
• Developed Import audit guidelines and questionnaire for internal audits. Partnered with internal audit to complete actual audit of import program to identify gaps and process enhancements.

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