The Deringer Difference

    Tammy Flanders Hetrick

    Tammy Flanders Hetrick brings 28 years of International Trade and Logistics experience to the team, starting at CBP (when it was the US Customs Service) where she worked in the Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures division in the District of St. Albans, Vermont, and during which she performed various assignments in Washington, DC and the on the southern border. She then moved to the private sector to establish Best in Class compliance programs for the largest snowboard company in the world, and for an innovative coffee and appliance company. In addition to US compliance, she has set up compliance programs in Canada, Europe, and Japan. She is a known entity in the compliance field, speaking at conferences across the US, in Brussels, and annually at MIT/Boston. Beyond compliance, Ms. Hetrick has extensive International Logistics experience, standing up bonded warehouses in Europe and Asia, activating and operating several Foreign Trade Zones, and negotiating ocean transportation contracts. She has shepherded companies through ISA and CTPAT certifications and validations, CBSA audits, European Customs audits, and Japanese Customs audits. Ms. Hetrick looks forward to assisting clients with their compliance needs.
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    “What’s My Compliance Score?” Why We Are Asking The Wrong Question

    Posted by Tammy Flanders Hetrick on Feb 10, 2020 1:20:06 PM

    When I’m preparing to deliver a Risk Assessment Report, the first question clients often ask is, “What’s our compliance score?” While the intention is good, we are asking the wrong question. Numbers may not lie, but they don’t tell the whole truth, particularly in compliance – and in the gap is where good companies get into trouble.

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    Topics: compliance, trade compliance

    Beyond the Dollar: How to Compare Customs Brokers

    Posted by Tammy Flanders Hetrick on Dec 17, 2019 3:12:59 PM

    Importers might aptly view a Customs broker as a trusted partner for Customs entry filing, but a broker’s job is also to help safeguard importers against delays, fines, and penalties due to errors or regulatory violations.

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    Topics: trade compliance, import compliance, Customs Broker, Brokerage

    Why Trade Compliance Should be a Priority for Your Company

    Posted by Tammy Flanders Hetrick on Nov 8, 2019 8:44:27 AM


    US businesses that actively source raw materials, components, or finished goods from other countries must understand—and adhere to—the trade regulations for every country involved in their supply chain. Failure to do so can lead to fines and severe penalties.

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    Topics: Supply Chain Management, Customs Consulting, International Trade Compliance & Enforcement, trade compliance, import compliance, shipping compliance

    3 Pillars of Import Compliance Risk Management

    Posted by Tammy Flanders Hetrick on Nov 8, 2019 8:39:42 AM


    When companies don’t comply with trade regulations, they face fines, penalties, and potentially late delivery of their goods.

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    Topics: Customs Consulting, International Trade Compliance & Enforcement, trade compliance, import compliance, shipping compliance

    Binding Ruling Requests & How They Benefit Importers

    Posted by Tammy Flanders Hetrick on Sep 9, 2019 2:30:32 PM


    Correctly classifying merchandise or products for import involves a sea of rules that govern import classifications.

    These rules are often confusing and unclear, and doing this incorrectly can come at a hefty price. Binding rulings help clear up any confusion by providing classification and duty rates in advance.

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    Topics: Supply Chain Management, Customs Consulting, International Trade Compliance & Enforcement, binding rulings

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