ACSS Webinar: Know Your Products to Avoid Export Violations - Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists

Know Your Products to Avoid Export Violations

April 18, 2024 | 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM NYC

ACSS Webinar


75 minutes


  • Donna Wedgeworth
  • Dr. Geanina Saponara Pirogan
  • Matjaž Murovec


Alexander Witt CSS, Sanctions & Export Controls Consultant, ACSS


Thursday, April 18, 2024


  • 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM NYC
  • 03:00 PM – 04:15 PM London
  • 04:00 PM – 05:15 PM Amsterdam


Businesses need to work on adhering to complex export regulations. Understanding your products’ intricacies and compliance requirements is essential to ensuring a smooth and lawful entry into global markets.

Join us as we bring together industry experts, legal professionals and seasoned exporters to delve into the critical aspects of product compliance and export control.

Key Topics Include:

  • Product Classification: Gain insights into correctly classifying your products according to international trade regulations. Learn how accurate classification forms the foundation for compliance and risk mitigation.
  • Export Control Lists and Regulations: Navigate through the labyrinth of export control lists and regulations governing specific product export. Understand the implications of non-compliance and the potential legal consequences.
  • Risk Assessment: Learn effective methods for conducting risk assessments related to your products. Identify potential red flags and implement strategies to mitigate risks associated with export violations.
  • Documentation and Record-Keeping: Explore best practices for maintaining accurate and comprehensive documentation. Discover how meticulous record-keeping is pivotal in demonstrating compliance and addressing regulatory inquiries.
  • Emerging Technologies and Dual-Use Items: Stay ahead of the curve by understanding the unique challenges of emerging technologies and dual-use items. Explore strategies for navigating the complexities of these dynamic markets.
  • Global Trade Compliance Software: Discover how cutting-edge technology can streamline and enhance compliance efforts. Learn about software solutions to simplify the often intricate process of ensuring product compliance.

Who Should Attend:

  • Export Managers and Compliance Officers
  • Legal and Regulatory Affairs Professionals
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Executives
  • International Trade Consultants
  • Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Engaged in Global Trade

Join us for an engaging and informative session that will empower you to navigate international trade with confidence and integrity.

Certificate of Attendance:

All active ACSS members will be able to download the certificate from the Learning Management System (under the achievements tab). 

Event Registration

Members of the Association

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Donna Wedgeworth

Senior Trade Advisor
Torres Trade Law

Donna Wedgeworth is a Senior Trade Advisor for Torres Trade Law, PLLC. Ms. Wedgeworth brings extensive experience in all aspects of global trade controls and trade compliance programs to the firm.

Ms. Wedgeworth offers clients her insight on international trade compliance through her expertise in understanding trade controls from an operational perspective as well as a leadership perspective.  Ms. Wedgeworth has successfully served as both an independent trade professional and empowered official for Fortune 500 companies and start-up companies seeking to expand beyond U.S. borders.  Ms. Wedgeworth is highly skilled in navigating clients successfully through the complex U.S. trade laws and regulations, engaging with the Department of State, Department of Commerce, Customs and Border Protection, Department of the Treasury, and other agencies regulating U.S. trade.  Ms. Wedgeworth has extensive experience with the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  She supports and advises her clients in trade compliance matters affecting daily business operations as well as the significant challenges of audits, disclosures, fines and sanctions arising from trade violations.  Ms. Wedgeworth has helped several companies successfully recover from significant enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Ms. Wedgeworth is particularly skilled in trade controls affecting the global marketplace for Aerospace and Defense technologies.

Dr. Geanina Saponara Pirogan

Regional Trade & Customs Manager in ABB Process Automation for European region
Local Division Trade Compliance Officer for CH ABB – PAPI
ABB Switzerland

Geanina Saponara Pirogan specializes in the multifaceted management of controlled goods licensing, strategy and control, under the U.S., Swiss, European and South East Asian Trade and Sanctions Regulations.

Throughout her career, Dr. Saponara Pirogan has worked, in engineering, operational and manufacturing environments in the aviation and defense sectors, in product automation for mining, cement and other industries.  Her experience has included, but is not limited to: contractual support, drafting and review; strategic planning and integration of trade, export and sanctions controls into operations; end-to-end import and export licensing management, across multiple jurisdictions;  leading classification projects and technical data reviews; creating and delivering training programs; detailed audit, investigation and  remedial action implementation; the development and implementation of Trade, Export and Sanctions Compliance policy,  procedures and operational work instructions.

Matjaž Murovec

Regional Coordinator in South-East Asia and Eastern Europe and Caucasians
EU P2P Programme on Export Control of Dual-Use Goods

Mr Matjaž Murovec worked at the General Financial Office in the Financial Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for 27 years before joining EU Partner to Partner export control programme (EUP2P). In his previous job he was responsible for policy, training and enforcement of export control issues. In addition, Mr. Murovec was a member of the inter-ministerial committees for dual use goods, for military weapons and equipment, for strategic goods (chemical goods), for small arms and light weapons (SALW) as well as for restrictive measurement (sanctions) as well as member of different EU and international working groups. With his 24 years of experience in the field of export control, he is supporting the EUP2P programmes (Dual-Use and Arms Trade Treaty) and its activities in various countries and regions (EEC, SEE, SEA).


Alexander Witt CSS

Sanctions & Export Controls Consultant

Alexander Witt is a Sanctions & Export Control Consultant for the Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists (ACSS). He is an expert in EU, US, and German Sanctions and Export Control Laws and Regulations. Previously Alexander worked as a Sanctions & Export Control Consultant at Full Circle Compliance and as an Export Compliance Officer at Fujifilm Europe in the Netherlands.

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