Amie Ahanchian

Principal

KPMG

Background

Amie Ahanchian is a Principal with KPMG LLP's Trade and Customs Practice. Amie has more than 15 years of experience in global import and export compliance matters.

Professional and industry experience

Amie acquired her customs and trade experience through assisting clients in diverse industries with developing strategy-based approaches in the following key areas:

      • Trade Compliance and Internal Controls: Amie actively advises multinational companies on global import, export, and sanctions risk management. Amie assists clients in vetting risks through the assessment of clients’ trade processes, identification of compliance gaps and inefficiencies, and analysis of areas of potential exposure. Amie further supports clients’ compliance objectives with implementing plans of corrective actions for identified risks, documenting efficient and scalable trade processes, developing enhanced import and export controls, and establishing an effective trade strategy. Key areas of focus for imports include compliance with customs valuation and related party pricing, free trade agreements, tariff classification, and trade programs like the C-TPAT, ISA, and AEO. Key areas of focus for exports include compliance with the evolving regulatory framework on sanctions, screening, and license requirements for commercial and military shipments and deemed exports.
      • Customs Duty Planning and Tariff Mitigation Strategies: Amie routinely provides guidance on strategic opportunities to implement customs savings and duty planning strategies like free trade agreements, duty drawback, and first sale for export. Amie specializes in Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) implementation and has assisted many companies with quantifying zone benefits, and establishing compliant and efficient zones.
      • Trade Automation and Global Trade Technology Solutions: Amie regularly advises clients on assessing the need for trade technology, system selection, data and process evaluation, system implementation and development of business processes supporting new automation, and post-implementation testing, training, analytics, and efficiency reviews. In the area of screening, Amie assists clients with “sanctions health checks” and leads screening and compliance practices. Amie also helps develop a data analytics solution that provides companies with visibility to their global import and export activity.

Industry activities

Amie has published numerous articles on trade and customs matters in KPMG publications as well as in the: WorldECR Journal of Export Controls and Sanctions, WorldECR Trade Security Journal, Bloomberg BNA International – Indirect Taxes, Thomson Reuters Checkpoint – Practical Trade & Customs Strategies, the ABA Customs and International Trade Bar Newsletter, and the National Association of College and University Business Officers magazine. Amie has participated in speaking engagements at KPMG seminars and in conferences, such as the World Customs Organization, CompTIA, the American Petroleum Institute, the NAFTZ, the Outdoor Industry Association, the American Petroleum Institute, and the Organization of Women in Trade. Amie is an adjunct professor in the area of global indirect taxation (the VAT) at the Georgetown University School of Law in Washington, D.C.