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Andrea Appell

Andrea Appell

Andrea Appell, Director. Andrea is a director at BPE Global in the San Francisco, California office specializing in all aspects of international trade compliance. As a trusted adviser and licensed customs broker working in trade compliance since 1997, Andrea helps multinational companies understand and optimize global trade regulations by developing and implementing customs and export compliance programs as well as security operations.

Andrea is expert at translating worldwide regulatory requirements into compliant business practices and solutions for both U.S. and non-U.S. based operations. Andrea has particular expertise in the customs disciplines of classification, country of origin, and valuation as well as in trade compliance due diligence in corporate mergers and acquisitions. Andrea leverages these skills to advise clients in the setup and management of global trade compliance departments, respond to audit inquiries, and obtain C-TPAT certifications.

Andrea’s clients include high tech, pharmaceutical, renewable energy, medical instruments, oil and gas, automotive, transportation and logistics, and defense industry corporations.Andrea is also a frequent speaker at events sponsored by trade associations and industry organizations, including TechAmerica and the Organization of Women in International Trade. Prior to joining BPE Global, Andrea held positions at Hewlett-Packard, Urusan Consulting, Qiva, and FedEx Trade Networks. In each of these positions, Andrea leveraged her abilities to command results-driven programs with particular success in developing and implementing trade compliance policies, procedures and standards.

Andrea is a graduate from San Francisco State University with a Masters of Arts in History as well as a graduate from the University of California, Davis with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both History and Psychology. Andrea is a licensed customs broker by the Port of San Francisco and speaks both Spanish and Romanian.

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Going Beyond Your Export Management and Compliance Program

EMCP stands for Export Management and Compliance Program. A good EMCP outlines concepts, responsibilities and training, as well as sets your corporate standards. Your executive leadership embraces the program as the spine supporting your cross-border transactions and your company’s clear demonstration of reasonable care. In short, it’s critical to your company.

Sure, your company’s bread and butter comes from the “E” or exports in EMCP, but why blind yourself to customs requirements? For example:

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