About O’Meara & Associates

We specialize in offering expert training and consultation in international trade and compliance.

With over 30 years of experience, our firm is committed to guiding businesses through the complexities of global trade.

Our professional knowledge and deep understanding of these complexities have helped medium to large importers and exporters stay current with evolving trade compliance landscapes.

Our Philosophy


We believe that understanding and adhering to trade compliance is not just best practice, but a legal necessity. Operating in the global marketplace demands a thorough knowledge of customs laws, regulatory requirements, and corporate responsibilities. We emphasize that "reasonable care" in trade decisions and actions is not only a legal mandate but a critical aspect of successful international business operations.

Our Services

  • Incoterms(r) Training
  • Classification according to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the US (HTSUS)
  • Free trade agreements: implementation in your purchasing and sales models to directly contribute to the bottom line without affecting margin
  • Consultation services and training on all aspects of trade compliance

Our Commitment

We aim to be your guiding force, ensuring that your business not only remains compliant but thrives in the challenging environment of international trade. With our training and consultation services, we help businesses navigate and overcome potential challenges, thereby avoiding fines, penalties, or legal issues.


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Arthur O'Meara

An International Trading Expert You Can Trust

As a national-level speaker, trainer, and consultant, Mr. O’Meara brings with him more than 30 years of experience in international trade and trade compliance management.

He is one of only two ICC-Certified Incoterms® Rules trainers in the United States. Additionally, he is a Licensed US Customs Broker with an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago. Based in the Austin, TX area, his focus is on developing compliance programs and training tailored for corporate environments in areas such as import compliance/export controls, transfer pricing/valuation for international transactions, classification according to the HTSUS, CCL, and USML, service provider management, strategic use of Incoterms® Rules, and US supply-chain security programs like CTPAT and ISF. He has extensive experience assisting US importers in achieving and maintaining CTPAT status and has managed CTPAT validations in North America, Europe, and Asia. He is also well-versed in US export controls, particularly in implementing these compliance requirements in multinational corporate environments.

Mr. O’Meara maintains a Secret level of security clearance.

Mr. O’Meara is a frequent speaker in North America. Some of his events included conferences sponsored by:

  • Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing (AIM)
  • Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC)
  • International Compliance Professional Association (ICPA)
  • American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI)
  • American Conference Institute (ACI)
  • Kane County Bar Association of Illinois (KCBA)
  • International Trade Association of Greater Chicago (ITA/GC)
  • Small Business Development Center of the SBA (SBDC)
  • National Association of Credit Managers (NACM)

Among other educational institutions in the Chicagoland area, he has been a guest lecturer at DePaul University and Loyola University.

He served for six years as the President of the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago and has been designated by the US Secretary of Commerce as a member of the Illinois District Export Council. Following the release of the Incoterms® 2010 Rules, he completed the International Chamber of Commerce's Incoterms® Masterclasses in Paris, France. His textbook on the Incoterms® 2010 Rules was published in September 2016 and distributed by the ICC out of Paris.

His textbook on the strategic use of Incoterms® 2010 Rules in negotiating purchases and sales was published in September 2016 and was distributed by the ICC out of Paris. His updated book on Incoterms® 2020 Rules was released in 2021.

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