Atlanta RoundtableÆ will host a panel discussion about Canada, Mexico and U.S. customs programs to be held on Tuesday, April 15, at the auditorium in the Decatur Library at 5:30 p.m.

Panelists who will suggest ways to save on duties include:  Margaret Gillis, a senior analyst, Canadian Department of Finance; Jeff Mills, manager, Drawback Policy Unit, Duties Relief Programs, Canadian Department of National Revenue;

Luis de la Calle, head of the Sicofi-Nafta Office at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C. and Kay Whalen, import specialist with the U.S. Customs Service, Atlanta.

Ms. Gillis has been involved in developing and coordinating the legislative changes to the Canadian Duty Deferral Program which became law on Jan. 1, 1996, and in coordinating the Canadian government’s position paper on Free Trade Zones in 1992.  She currently is responsible for tariff policy in the textile and apparel sectors.

Mr. Mills oversees the unit responsible for providing legislative and regulatory interpretation relating to Canada’s Duty Deferral Program and the Drawback Program.

The office which Mr. de la Calle heads is responsible for promoting bilateral trade and investment and monitoring the implementation of Nafta in the U.S.

Ms. Whalen oversees imports of machinery, machine tools, automotive, aircraft and heavy-duty equipment.

The Roundtable is free and open to the public.  Sponsors are Ken Cutshaw, an attorney with the law firm Smith Gambrell & Russell; DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and GlobalFax.

Please reserve a place by calling, GlobalFax at (404) 377-7710; fax, (404) 377-7386.