Suzanne Offerman is the Director of international trade product management, and has been with Thomson Reuters for five years. Suzanne has more than 15 years experience in international trade. As senior product manager for trade within KS, Suzanne worked with a team to create and enhance Checkpoint Trade, an online research that contains trade information and tools to help the trade professional. Suzanne also manages the long term strategic plans for KS International Trade, and working with another manager, coordinates and monitors all stages of international trade product development for KS, as well as market rollout and sales training. Suzanne works closely with ONESOURCE Global Trade.
Suzanne spent the first 10 years of her career in trade practicing law in New York City at Coudert Brothers and Baker & McKenzie LLP. As an attorney, she advised companies on a wide variety of customs and international trade issues, including customs compliance, classification, valuation, country of origin, free trade agreements, duty-savings programs, first sale rule, licensing, C-TPAT, Buy America Act, drawback, unfair trade practices, and intellectual property protection. Suzanne also assisted importers and brokers on various Participating Government Agency (PGA) regulations governing imported goods. She collaborated with tax attorneys on customs issues that intersect with tax, such as transfer pricing, royalties, and routinely partnered with colleagues on export control issues, restricted party screening and export sanctions. Suzanne lead customs compliance reviews, prepared internal audit and compliance reports, and defended customs audits. She assisted in litigation before the trial court, appellate court and U.S. Supreme Court, and argued a NAFTA Trade Adjustment Assistance case before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Suzanne also taught International Law: Fundamentals of Law Practice at Brooklyn Law School as a Adjunct Legal Writing Instructor. She published “Lifting the Veil on Security: Transparency in Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism,” presented at the annual meeting of the World Customs Academy, Brazil, August 2010. In addition, she published “The Effect of Customs Reconciliation on Taxable Income,” 42 Brook. J. Int’l Law 693 (1999), cited in Juan Martin Jovanovich, Customs Valuation and Transfer Pricing: Is It Possible to Harmonize Customs and Tax Rules? (Series on International Taxation) Oct. 2002.
Suzanne lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and son.