Many businesses depend on international trade. But smaller firms likely don’t have an expert to manage complex, ever-changing tax rules.
SHAWNEE, Okla. — Many Oklahoma businesses depend on international trade. But smaller firms likely don’t have an expert on staff to manage complex, ever-changing tax and customs rules.
The Iron Horse Industrial Park, owned by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN), now offers a customs certified specialist who can help tenants deal with those issues. Administrative Research Analyst Vedrana Milakovic recently completed training through the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America.
The certification allows her to help companies evaluate the costs of importing/exporting and determine the best way to navigate customs, at little or no cost to the manufacturer, said Citizen Potawatomi Nation Economic Development and Planning Director James Collard.
Milakovic can assist with issues such as:
- Import and export issues
- Customs brokers
- Licensing requirements and agency agreements
- U.S. Harmonized Tariff Classification System matters
- Tariff treatments and trade agreements
- Foreign Trade Zones
The park’s first tenant, Pro Pipe USA, whose manufacturing plant will likely go online in the fall of 2020, is currently utilizing her services.
“The first thing I ask clients is where they get their products from because sometimes, depending on the country and components, changing their supplier may help save money,” Milakovic said.
For more information on the services offered at Iron Horse Industrial Park through the CPN Department of Economic Development and Planning, please visit ironhorsecpn.com.