- Garnering and maintaining Senior Management support
- Planning, objectives and project management
- Vendor and supplier management and onboarding new ones
- Pre-entry processes
- Post entry processes
- Leveraging other internal resources
- Customs Broker and Service Provider management
- Participation in CBP incentive-based partnership programs
Thought-provoking tips, tricks and insights to help you better manage a highly compliant import program.
Trade Innovations, Inc.
Mr. Laden is the Owner and founding Principal of Trade Innovations, Inc., a specialty advisory service providing the trade with time-tested practical solutions to increase compliance, security and supply chain velocity; while reducing expense. He has more than 35 years of experience in the international trade industry. Prior to launching Trade Innovations, Inc. in May of 2005, Mr. Laden was the President of Target Customs Brokers, Inc. (TCBI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Target Corporation based in Minneapolis, MN. Target is the second largest importer of containerized cargo in the U.S. Mr. Laden had direct responsibility for the importation of more than $14 billion of imported merchandise from 84 countries. He and his team established and oversaw common compliance and import policies for all operating companies of Target Corporation. Under his direction Target achieved the coveted Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) status and launched the company’s in-house customhouse brokerage (ABI) operation. Before his role at Target, Mr. Laden was employed by The Pillsbury Co. and Fingerhut Corporation working in the global trade operations departments of both companies. Mr. Laden spent the first twelve years of his career with large multi-national customs broker the Fritz Companies, Inc. working with the legacy U.S. Customs service in a variety of U.S. Ports.