LEADERSHIP & PRESS
LEADERSHIP: Leading the way for successful international trade
"Compliance Equals Trust." That's how Kelli Thompson has learned and describes the United States $17 billion of textiles and wearing apparel claiming preferential tariff treatment. As one of the country's leading experts in the area of international trade and compliance, she has traveled the world leading textile verification teams on behalf of the United States government. A certified law and enforcement international trade instructor, Ms. Thompson has served and worked at United States Customs and Border Protection for over 7 years. Most recently, launching Integrity International Trade Consulting (IITC), an international trade consulting company focused on training and workshops relating to import compliance. As part of the company's practice, IITC provides consulting services to foreign textile and apparel manufacturers who export to the United States and to U.S. importers. IITC specializes in consulting and training in various topics, including Entry Requirements, U.S. Customs Brokerage Training, Marking Requirements, Intellectual Property Rights, Free Trade Agreements, Preferential Tariff Treatment, Classification, and Customs Valuation.
Ms. Thompson’s background includes extensive international exposure personally and professionally. In 2011, she served as interim instructor in Customs valuation law and Free Trade Agreement instruction at U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations Trade Academy. In 2012, Thompson was Supervisory Import Specialist in which she managed a textile team of import specialists at Miami International Airport. During this time she provided guidance and training to subordinate staff relating to imported merchandise. She also provided authoritative advice to Import Specialists and the trade community on classification, valuation, entry requirements, intellectual property rights and other related issues. In 2013, she accepted a position as Supervisory Import Specialist and Course Development Instructor at the Federal Law and Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, South Carolina. In this capacity she provided nationwide trade instruction to newly hired import specialists for basic training. She also served as a first line supervisor for assigned trainee courses and coordinated all aspects of training delivery. Ms. Thompson’s expertise includes all areas of customs laws and regulations, relating to admissibility requirements, entry procedures, classification, valuation, enforcement of trade programs, record keeping requirements and related international trade processes.
Ms. Thompson is a sought after speaker and was featured in the prestigious publication Frontline Magazine in an article entitled, “Trust but Verify, How CBP Textile Teams Protect America's Job and Economy.” This article has been republished in the October 2013 edition of the World Customs Organization, WCO News, which reaches 179 countries. You can view the article here. Ms. Thompson's extraordinary work in textile enforcement was highlighted in the article. She also served as a first line supervisor for assigned trainee courses and coordinated all aspects of training delivery. Ms. Thompson's expertise includes all areas of customs laws and regulations, relating to admissibility requirements, entry procedures, classification, valuation, enforcement of trade programs, record keeping requirements and related international trade processes. In addition, Ms. Thompson's was amongst the 28% who recently passed the April 2015 U.S. Customs Broker Exam with an 85% and has received her U.S. Customs Broker License.
Kelli R. Thompson
CEO | Founder
What people say about us
Instructor Kelli Thompson is one of the most professional instructors that I have ever had. Her effective teaching skills and knowledge of the job are extraordinary. Her excitement about trade and use of creative scenarios gets the students really involved in learning. She takes subject matter that could be very dry, and she transforms it into something dynamic and interesting. I think the combination of having someone with such a strong background in teaching - combined with a strong background as an Import Specialist - is very effective.
I felt that our full-time instruction was beyond beneficial. The Ms. Thompson was prepared and knowledgeable in the aspects they were teaching. It was great to see so much enthusiasm and understanding from our instructor.
Ms Thompson is an amazing instructor! She is high energy and uses repetition and examples in a way that helps me to learn. She is a great coordinator and very organized!