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International Trade Compliance Workshop

When: May 21 and 22, 2024
Where: PTC Office | Nova Place

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International Trade Compliance Workshop: Export, ITAR, DFARS and More

Presented by the International Trade Group of Dentons Cohen & Grigsby P.C.

This event is appropriate for all technology and manufacturing companies buying/selling internationally and/or doing business with the Department of Defense (DOD.)

When: May 21 and 22, 2024 (Two Half Days)
Day 1: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Day 2: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: Pittsburgh Technology Council | Nova Place | 100 S Commons, Suite 172, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

The Pittsburgh Technology Council, U.S. Commercial Service Pittsburgh, and The Western Pennsylvania District Export Council are pleased to introduce an exciting workshop on the pressing international trade compliance topics of the day presented by the International Trade Group of Dentons Cohen & Grigsby P.C. 

The global trade environment has changed in significant ways in recent years, with trade protectionism, new dynamics around critical emerging technologies, and competition and conflict between great powers over who will drive the new economy leading to the need for U.S. companies to be more diligent than ever about complying with export control and trade regulations. 

This workshop aims to provide companies with some of the knowledge and tools that are needed to successfully navigate turbulent trade waters in 2024 and beyond.

Continuing Education Credits
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for up to six and one half hours (6.5) of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credits. 

Program Content Presented by:

International Trade Group of Dentons Cohen & Grigsby P.C., The lawyers at Dentons have achieved successful outcomes in virtually all aspects of global trade and investment law.  They have expertise in advising clients about bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, such as the WTO, NAFTA and the EU’s puzzle of regional trade deals.  Leverage their in-house leading global expertise in trade and investment matters, their exceptional team of government relations and arbitration lawyers in the US, Canada and Europe, as well as their reliable local connections in numerous jurisdictions who can provide you with seamless advice worldwide.

Organized in Partnership with:

Pittsburgh Technology Council

The Pittsburgh Technology Council is a trade association that helps companies succeed through a proven platform of services focused on Business Development, Talent Retention, Government Relations and Visibility.  Companies at all growth stages use the Pittsburgh Technology Council to build new business, connect to capital, grow a workforce and make headlines.

U.S. Commercial Service

U.S. Commercial Service Pittsburgh office serves the western PA region as the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration. Its global network of trade professionals offer U.S. companies export counseling, market intelligence, customized business matchmaking, and commercial diplomacy services to help U.S. companies grow their export sales.

The Western Pennsylvania District Export Council

The Western Pennsylvania District Export Council is an organization of leaders from the local Western Pennsylvania business community with extensive international business experience, and serves as a dedicated resource for companies as they navigate the complexities of global markets. 

Agenda: (Subject to Change)

May 21, 2024

  • 12:00-1:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:00-1:05 PM Welcome & Overview of Seminar
  • 1:05-2:30 PM Fundamentals of U.S. Export Regulations:
    • Basis for controls
    • What's at stake?
    • Application of trade controls and sanctions
    • Export control and sanctions - separate regulations and agencies
    • Sanctions
    • Determining Jurisdiction (EAR vs ITAR)
    • Product and Technology Classification (EAR, 600 Series)
    • Changing Environment of Export Controls
  • 2:30-2:40 PM Break
  • 2:40-4:00 PM Export Control and Sanctions Compliance EAR and OFAC:
    • Developing an Export Compliance Program - Introduction
    • Management Commitment - Buy In & Resources
    • Name screening and diversion risk mitigation
    • AES and Recordkeeping
    • Deemed exports and technology control plans
    • Contracts and INCOTERMS
    • Antiboycott compliance
    • Responding to a potential violation - Voluntary Self-Disclosures
    • Enforcement Cases
  • 4:00-4:45 PM Export Compliance Best Practices Panel Session (See Panelists Below)
  • 4:45-5:00 PM Q&A & Conclude
  • 5:00-6:00 PM Happy Hour

Export Compliance Best Practices Panel Session


  • Nick Zosky, CCEP, Sr. Trade Compliance Specialist, Evoqua Water Technologies | Xylem, and Member, Western PA District Export Council
  • Sara Yount, Senior Counsel, Compliance, Arconic, and Member, Western PA District Export Council
  • Maria Ammon, International Operations and Export Compliance Manager, Kurt J. Lesker Company

Moderated by:

  • Susanna Cook, Director of International Business Group, Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, and Member, Western PA District Export Council, and
  • Bruce Chiu, Founder, Data Security, Privacy, and Information Law Group, Shareholder, International Business Group, Dentons Cohen & Grigsby


May 22, 2024

Thank You to our Event Partners and Sponsors!

Sponsored by:

F.N.B. Bank

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R.L. Swearer Company, inc.

Event Partners

US Commercial Service

District Export Council of Western PA

Presented by:

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Members, US Commercial Service, and Dentons Cohen & Grigsby Clients 
Day 1 $99.00
Day 2 $99.00  
Both Days $175.00

Non-Members  (If you are a client of the U.S. Commercial Service or Dentons Cohen & Grigsby Clients, please email for a coupon code if you do not already have it)
Day 1 $198.00
Day 2 $198.00  
Both Days $350.00

Registration & Payment Policy:
Online Registration will close 1 days prior to event. Pre-Registration is always requested, when possible, so that we may best plan for your arrival. Walk-in registrants, when accepted, must pay onsite with a credit card or check to obtain entry to the event, no exceptions. Refunds requested less than 2 business days prior to the event will not be granted. Substitutions are welcome.

Contact Information:
For content or logistics questions: Monica Takacs, Sr. Director for Industry Networks,
For registration questions: Megan Colf, Director of Event Management,
For sponsorship questions: Ashley Steckel, Director of Business Development and Advertising,

Trade Questions:
For general trade questions, please contact the U.S. Commercial Service Pittsburgh - Ryan Russell, Director, and LeeAnne Haworth, Senior International Trade Specialist,

  • 7:00-8:00 AM Breakfast
  • 8:00-8:05 AM Welcome & Overview of Seminar
  • 8:05-9:50 AM ITAR – US Defense Trade Controls
    • ITAR versus EAR
    • Registration
    • Controlled Items and Activities: Defense Articles, Defense Services, and Defense Technical Data
    • Exceptions / Exemptions
    • Export Authorizations - licenses and agreements
  • 9:50-10:00 AM Break
  • 10:00-11:30 AM - Management Commitment - Buy-In and Resources
    • Product and Technology Classification (Specially Designed and 600 Series)
    • Controls on non-US items (foreign direct product, de minimis, and ITAR free)
    • Name screening and diversion risk mitigation
    • ITAR Prohibited Countries
    • ITAR Deemed Exports and Employment Non-Discrimination & Hiring for Export-Controlled positions.
    • DFARS Cybersecurity Rule
    • Self-Assessments and Voluntary Disclosures
  • 11:30 AM-12:00 PM Q&A & Conclude (Lunch on your own)