Customs Modernization Act Revisited

  • November 20, 2014
  • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Maricopa Association of Governments 302 North First Avenue, 2nd Floor Phoenix, AZ 85003


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Please join OWIT-Phoenix on Thursday, November 20th, for this special international trade event on Import-Export Compliance where we will discuss the Customs Modernization Act including....

  • An historical background of the Modernization Act.
  • What its key components are and what their significance are to you.
  • What it means to conduct "Reasonable Care" and why it is important.
  • As well as, how to do business successfully with Customs and other Government Agencies in your importing and exporting transactions!
Please join OWIT-Phoenix on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 for this special international trade event on and help us welcome special guest speaker…….

Estella Lopez-Baum

Regional Trade Compliance Manager,

Expeditors International


Estella Lopez-Baum has over 30 years of experience in import and export compliance. As the Regional Trade Compliance Manager, Estella is responsible for administrating the compliance program of the Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Phoenix and San Diego branch offices of Expeditors.  She interfaces with officials of Customs & Border Protection, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, Fish & Wildlife and other government agencies. Her compliance team serves as liaison to the various government agencies on regulatory operational matters.


Estella started her career in 1980 as an Import/Export Specialist for an electronics manufacturing company, where she supervised the import and export department. She moved on to be the Traffic Manager of a bicycle importer responsible for import, export and inventory control. After 16 years working for importers, she accepted the position of Senior Management Consultant for Tower Group International’s Professional Advisory Services (now Federal Trade Network) in 1996, where she provided consulting and advisory services to importers and exporters, and conducted numerous seminars on the Customs Modernization Act, internal assessments, NAFTA, importer’s compliance obligations and tariff re-engineering throughout the U.S.


In 1998, Estella joined Expeditors in the Los Angeles office as the Branch Customs Compliance Manager specializing in import and broker regulations. Since 2005, compliance in export and transportation including compliance with Export Administration Regulations, Foreign Trade Regulations, International Traffic in Arms Regulations, Transportation Security Administration and Dangerous Goods regulations has been added to her responsibilities as Branch Compliance Manager. Estella was appointed to the position of South West Regional Trade Compliance Manager in 2009.


Estella is a licensed Customs broker and holds a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts. She is a member of the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarder Association’s seaport Customs committee that is responsible for improving broker and Customs relationship and for advocating better procedures of the entry process. From 2002 through 2010, she taught the 11-week Customs Regulations course every spring for the Foreign Trade Association of Southern California.


Estella lives with her husband in Whittier, CA. Both her 29 year old daughter, Kristina and 28 year old son, Christopher work at Expeditors in the customs department. You can email her at if you have any questions on matters pertaining to regulatory compliance.


Importers, Exporters, Logistics Professionals, Supply Chain Management Professionals, Customs Brokers, Freight Forwarders, Carriers, Consultants, Attorneys, and International Business & Trade Professionals.


Thursday, November 20th, 2014
9:00 am – 10:30 am
(Registration Begins at 8:30 am)


Maricopa Association of Governments

302 North First Avenue, 2nd Floor

Phoenix, AZ 85003

****Parking will be validated in the garage below the building****


OWIT-Phoenix Members:  FREE
Students: $25
Non-Members: $35

Coffee, water and snacks will be provided. 

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