World Customs and Trade Forum
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         Senior Advisor, Brazil for the Trusted Trade Alliance and Managing Partner at AIV Customs Auditing Ltd., a Sao Paulo, Brazil-based company specialized in the audit and review of company compliance in import and export activities, Omar Rached is an attorney specialized in international trade, customs and taxation. In addition to his law degree, obtained from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, he has a Master’s (MSc) in Logistics and Supply Chain from the University of Westminster, London, UK. In addition to his consulting activities, he teaches courses in the field of customs regulations at São Paulo University (UNESP).

         Mr. Rached’s career includes experience in the field of both Brazilian and US commercial law, including litigation in the field of foreign trade. He managed the in-house import and export compliance activities of Embraer, and participated actively in the development and deployment of Brazil’s industrial bonded warehouse special regime, known as RECOF. As a consultant, Mr. Rached provides support to companies in their import/export operations. He is a certified auditor of company processes for Brazil’s express customs clearance program known as "Linha Azul/Blue Line", and pioneered the program’s standards for auditor training and company reporting. Mr. Rached is Director of the Brazilian branch of the International Trade Institute (ICI). He is fluent in Spanish and English in addition to his native Portuguese.