Kellie Gryga

Kellie Gryga

B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois. J.D. degree from The John Marshall Law School and licensed attorney in the State of Illinois. LLM (Master of Laws) candidate in International Business and Trade Law from The John Marshall Law School. Government experience interning with the Department of Commerce and the Bureau of Industry and Security. Industry experience in aviation/defense corporations (5 years) and a pharmaceutical corporation (2 years). Kellie has experience drafting self-disclosures on the private side as well as analyzing submitted self-disclosures while an intern for the BIS. She has years of experience performing free trade agreement qualifications for most US FTAs including NAFTA, Peru, Singapore, Australia, Korea, Colombia, and Chile. She spent two years managing the import business of a large multinational corporation auditing brokers, documenting import processes, and training employees on DEA and FDA regulations.

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What is the difference between a U.S. customs audit and an FTA verification?

What is the difference between a customs audit and a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) verification? An audit, is a broader inquiry that can cover any legal requirement whereas a verification is specific to origin and FTA compliance. Customs audits are generally more broad, focused on a wide range of customs issues and are typically risk-based, … Read More

How FTAs Affect the Pharmaceutical Industry: A Discussion About TRIPS

The purpose of a free trade agreement (FTA) is to increase access to international economies. FTAs reduce barriers associated with importing goods — generally, these agreements reduce import taxes on individual items, which allow goods to be competitive with domestically produced products. Pharmaceuticals, however, are a unique kind of good with regards to trade. According … Read More

NAFTA Renegotiation

Blog, Global Trade, ONESOURCE February 24, 2017

One of the key points during the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign was free trade and in particular NAFTA.  The two major candidates both seemed to be in agreement on one major point and that was that NAFTA needed to be revised.  The election is over and the new president is in his first 100 days … Read More

Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Automation

Blog, Global Trade August 12, 2016

In some companies upper management may not have a complete understanding of the importance of trade compliance leading to a perception of a lack of value tied to what the department does.  With this type of atmosphere, trade compliance personnel may be tasked with justifying the size or even existence of the department.  Even without … Read More