Trade Compliance Manager

MSS Sales REMOTE US, United States


Company Summary

Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is a vertically‐integrated manufacturer of solar cells, modules and custom‐designed solar power applications. Canadian Solar’s world‐class team of professionals works closely with our customers to provide them with solutions for all of their solar needs. Founded in 2001, Canadian Solar is one of the world’s fastest‐growing companies in the solar industry and has been listed on the NASDAQ since November 2006. Canadian Solar is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Title: Trade Compliance Manager

Department: Supply Chain and Logistics

Reports to: Director of Supply Chain, Americas

Location: Walnut Creek, CA or Remote for qualified candidates

Position Summary:

The Trade Compliance Manager will be responsible for managing the existing import process for solar modules and storage systems, as well as implementing and updating C-TPAT for Canadian Solar (USA) Inc. This position will maintain a dialogue with CBP while preparing and, managing responses should our goods become detained or delayed for any reason. The overall scope will include; strategic and tactical compliance for the North American import processes, programs, policies and procedures. Ensure import activities are conducted in accordance with Customs and any other applicable governmental agency’s regulations. Responsible for coordinating the release of US import shipments from custom's custody that have been identified as a complex US import due to regulatory requirements and/or tariff combinations. These carry greater risk to the company and must be handled separately and correctly. Complete all types of HTS classification activities, C301 and C201 review, and AD/CVD regulation adherence so shipments process correctly and efficiently and are released in a timely manner.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Completes the HTS classification of highly complex and regulated imports by referencing classification support materials and customs regulations.
  • Complete Binding Rulings.
  • Assesses appropriate level of duties/taxes payable to CBP and/or validates the pertinence of any special program indicators that may apply by referencing CROSS, FR, C301, and C201 regulations.
  • Ensures that all decisions made are executed based on CBP regulations, current training, and entry processing instructions.
  • Answers inquiries by internal stakeholders and customers about the clearance status.
  • Assist in developing, implementing, and maintaining programs, policies, procedures, and controls to ensure company-wide compliance with import/export trade control governance process.
  • Keep abreast of import/export trade requirements.
  • Responsible for reviewing required trade documents for all items being imported.
  • Conduct compliance audits to ensure all aspects of the entry are accurate (HTS, valuation, markings, etc.).
  • Audit Post Entry corrections.
  • Analyze liquidation status of suspended entries that are under AD/CVD Administrative Review.
  • Conduct audit on monthly payments (Periodic Monthly Statements - PMS).
  • Maintain and manage data for exemption filing.
  • Provide support as required in the areas of duty drawback claims filing.
  • Conduct research and data collection required to address RFI and NOA notices issued by CBP.
  • Use the ACE portal to research entries and file protests.
  • Communicate, and implement effective guidelines and procedures to ensure the product import process is managed appropriately so as to minimize disruptions in the overall supply chain.
  • Ensure project timelines are met by actively engaging government personnel, brokers, management, and internal associates to meet project completion dates.
  • Lead corporate compliance programs to ensure adherence to Global Customs and Trade regulation.
  • Meet with various government senior customs officials and operational customs organizations to introduce and represent Canadian Solar.
  • Work in conjunction with outside Trade Compliance counsel in preparing Binding Rulings for submission to global Customs authorities.
  • Communicate effectively with appropriate management levels both internally and externally, with global brokers, customers, suppliers, outside council, and government personnel.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Well-versed in regulatory and legislative changes and evaluate their impact on business goals while assessing potential compliance risks.
  • 5 or more years of experience in global logistics.
  • Associates degree and/or equivalent 3 years of business experience working directly in an international brokerage environment.
  • CPM and/or Customs Broker's License preferred.
  • In-depth knowledge of US customs regulations and trade laws.
  • 2+ years experience using the ACE portal.
  • Ability to travel to the within the Americas on a quarterly basis.
  • Strong adaptability to new systems and technical platforms.
  • Experience managing audits, disclosures, and importer self-assessments (C-TPAT, Trade compliance).
  • Extensive knowledge of U.S. Customs requirements and practices, warehouse and inventory management experience required.
  • Strong ERP system skills (SAP preferred).
  • Excellent analytical and computer skills required.
  • Experience using analytical skills in problem resolution.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of customs regulations, harmonized tariff schedules and special tariff treatment programs.
  • Ability to analyze data and information and to make sound decisions in a time sensitive atmosphere.
  • Certified customs specialist certification preferred.