A world of experience, a wealth of knowledge.
Since 1997, Tradewin has been providing expert import and export advice to clients all over the world. Combined, our skilled team of Customs brokers, lawyers, accountants and other professionals possess more than 400 years of experience. Together, we've helped thousands of clients save more than $50 million in duties, guiding them through the ever-changing and complex arena of international regulations as effortlessly as possible.
From compliance programs to trade data management, Tradewin brings a fresh vision that leverages both local expertise and global understanding. We work with customers to find pragmatic and meaningful solutions to the complex problems facing global traders. Our unique approach results in creative and innovative solutions that translate to your bottom line. We focus and deliver the right people, processes and technology to ensure the success of every endeavor.
A talented team of Customs experts.
Our talented staff is made up of licensed U.S. and international Customs brokers, lawyers, accountants and industry leaders. In short, an expert import/export team. As such, we work with you to assess complicated situations, maneuver through complex regulatory hurdles, and implement solutions that are both creative and effective. All to help you to meet the letter of the law and the spirit of our business. Below are profiles of a few of our key people:
Before joining Tradewin in 2010 as Principal of the US Consulting Practice, Michael had worked for Expeditors for 8 years in a wide variety of management positions including Customs Brokerage Operations, Import & Export Compliance, Freight Forwarding, and Supply Chain Analytics. Michael is responsible for all aspects of Tradewin's global consulting practices in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. He has a talent for bringing common sense solutions to complex regulatory scenarios. He specializes in building compliance programs, providing educational seminars and workshops, advising risk mitigation, and implementing duty reduction programs.
Michael is a U.S. Licensed Customs Broker. He is IATA/FIATA certified and is a member of the International Compliance Professionals Association. He is a graduate of Boston College with a degree in Economics.
For more than 25 years, Larry has been working with the U.S. trade community designing, implementing and managing Customs duty and fee recovery programs. He's worked for companies in every industry, including automotive, chemical, retail, and pharmaceutical. Nearly half of that time was spent as the Vice President of a prominent drawback specialist and customhouse brokerage firm in New York City. Since 1999, Larry has been Principal for Drawback Services at Tradewin.
Larry serves on committees for AAEI, National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association (NCFFAA), and the ACE Trade Support Network. He is a U.S. Licensed Custom Broker and holds BBA degrees in Managerial Accounting and Finance from Pace University/NYC.
Jim joined Tradewin in 2009, continuing a successful career in international logistics and trade compliance that began in 1980. He has spent more than three decades in leadership roles overseeing international trade compliance including the positions of corporate Director of Operations and as Chairman of the Board of Directors for a large U.S. shipper's association.
Jim's technical background covers a wide range of international trade areas including harmonized tariff classification, valuation, anti-dumping and risk analysis. Jim is a graduate of North Shore Community College and majored in Business Administration at Salem State University. He is a member of the International Compliance Professionals Association and a US Licensed Customs Broker.
With over ten years of global trade project experience in countries throughout Asia, Gregory assists companies in navigating the complex and ever changing Asian trade environment with practical advice and proven solutions.
Prior to joining Tradewin, Gregory led trade & customs consulting practices at a Big 4 accounting and tax firm in both Singapore and China. He has managed over 150 projects in Asia covering a wide range of industries and trade topics including; bonded operations, Free Trade Agreements (FTA), Free Trade Zones (FTZ), import/export compliance programs, customs disputes, tariff classification, and customs valuation. Gregory maintains close relationships with Customs and other trade authorities throughout the Asia region.
Gregory began his career in the logistics world with two leading third party logistics providers. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in Political Science.
As Senior Manager for Tradewin's Canadian practice, Rob brings expertise in H.S. Classification, Valuation, North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Least Developed Country Tariff (LDCT), and General Preferential Tariff (GPT), as well as extensive experience with the automotive and textile industries.
In his 20 years in the customs industry, Rob has successfully obtained tariff relief from the Department of Finance for Canadian importers. Recently, he worked with petrochemicals to streamline the processes in the bonded movement of fossil fuels. He has provided detailed valuation guidance to both resident and non-resident importers. Rob has successfully assisted importers with their acceptance in the CBSA's Partners in Protection program.
Prior to joining Tradewin, Marko worked in several capacities in the logistics industry including managing freight forwarding and customs operations.
As General Manager of Tradewin in the South Pacific region, Marko has a natural talent for adding value to supply chains through various duty mitigation methods, involving Tariff Classification, Tariff Concession Orders, Valuation, Duty Drawback, Free Trade Agreements, and industry assistance schemes. Marko also assists clients in understanding the complexities of customs and trade compliance, and implementing programs to mitigate and manage associated risks.
Marko is a licensed Customs Broker in Australia and is fully accredited by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Marko holds a Bachelor of International Business from the University of South Australia, and is currently completing a Masters degree in the same discipline at the Queensland University of Technology.
Matthew Springate joined Tradewin in 2011 in the Import Services and First Sale Valuation group and worked to help Tradewin improve the Prior Disclosures, Statistical Samplings and Declaration Auditing products. In 2013, he made the move to Chicago as the Manager of the US Drawback Practice, where he was extremely successful in working with both the sales and operations sides of Tradewin. Matthew has also worked on behalf of clients to pursue duty recovery through First Sale for Export valuation, provided assistance in FTA qualification, and penalty mitigation through prior disclosures.
Matthew holds a Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Commerce from the University of Kentucky, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Furman University. He is also a licensed Customs Broker. Matthew Springate is based out of London and is responsible for Tradewin's EU Practice.