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Trade Symposium

 

CBP West Coast Trade Symposium 2012

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection proudly presents, "Advancing Trade Through Partnership and Enforcement," the 2015 West Coast Trade Symposium in Tacoma, Washington, May 27, 2015, at the Hotel Murano.

The symposium presenters will give you the latest updates and announcements on key trade topics, such as:

  • CBP Trade Vision;
  • Single Window;
  • Exports;
  • One U.S. Government at the Border; and
  • Trade Enforcement.

 

Registration is now closed, but you may register to be placed on the waiting list.

 

FINAL AGENDA

 

ADVANCING TRADE THROUGH PARTNERSHIP AND ENFORCEMENT

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

4:00-6:00 pm - Pre-Registration
Pre-Registration - Bicentennial Pavilion

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

7:00 am-12:00 pm - Registration (AM Beverage Break)
Registration - Bicentennial Pavilion
8:00-8:35 am - Welcome
Master of Ceremonies: Maria Luisa Boyce, Senior Advisor for Private Sector and Trade Engagement, Office of Trade Relations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
8:35-8:50 am - Opening Remarks
Commissioner's Message: R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, CBP
8:50-9:50 am - CBP Trade Vision

This panel will allow you to hear first-hand from CBP's senior leadership regarding their trade vision for the future.

 

Moderator: Patrick Schmidt, Advisor, Office of the Commissioner, CBP

Panelists:
• Maria Luisa Boyce, Senior Advisor for Private Sector and Trade Engagement, Office of Trade Relations, CBP
• Todd Owen, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, CBP
• Eugene Schied, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Administration, CBP
• Brenda Smith, Assistant Commissioner, Office of International Trade, CBP

9:50-10:00 am - Break
10:00-11:30 am - One U.S. Government: Single Window is Almost Here

This panel will discuss the current status of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Single Window implementation. It will also cover the international perspective focusing on the development of Single Windows in Latin America.

 

Moderator: Steve Hilsen, Lead Executive, Single Window Initiative, Office of the Commissioner, CBP

Panelists:
• Deborah Augustin, Acting Executive Director, ACE Business Office, Office of International Trade, CBP
• Antoni Estevadeordal, Manager of Integration and Trade, Inter-American Development Bank
• Vincent Iacopella, President, Western Region, Janel Group, Inc.
• Domenic Veneziano, Director, Division of Import Operations, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

11:30-11:50 am - Break
11:50 am-1:15 pm - Luncheon
Keynote Panel Discussion: U.S. and Mexico Perspective

Share in the insight of the U.S. and Mexico Customs leaders as they address key topics impacting trade in their regions.

Moderator: Ana Hinojosa, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of International Affairs, CBP

Panelists:
• R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, CBP
• Ricardo Treviño Chapa, Administrator General, Mexican Customs

1:15-1:30 pm - Break
1:30-3:00 pm - Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEE): CBP and Industry

This panel will discuss CBP’s progress on the implementation of the Centers of Excellence and Expertise. Learn how CBP will use best practices to capitalize on efficiencies gained to transition all ten Centers into full operational capacity. On this panel, you will hear firsthand how the Centers are transforming our trade processes, moving from transaction-driven to an account-centered, fully electronic process using ACE functionality for national visibility to ensure efficient flow of secure and compliant trade while focusing enforcement efforts on industry-based risks to level the playing field.

 

Moderator: Christopher J. Kennally, Assistant Director, Office of Field Operations, Seattle, CBP

Panelists:
• Petrina Evans, Assistant Director, Office of Field Operations, Atlanta and CEE Director, Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising, CBP
• Alexandra Latham, Director, Customs Compliance, Costco Wholesale Corporation
• Anne Maricich, Acting Director, Office of Field Operations - Los Angeles/Long Beach, CA and CEE Director, Electronics, CBP
• Lisa Schimmelpfenning, Vice President – Direct Imports Division, Wal-Mart
• Lori Whitehurst, Acting Director, Trade Operations Division, Cargo & Conveyance Security, Office of Field Operations, CBP

3:00-3:15 pm - Break (PM Beverage Break)
3:15-4:15 pm - Exports Perspective

This panel will discuss U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) export policy and how automation is changing CBP’s operations at our Ports of Entry. Panelists will also address exports from the perspective of the Department of Commerce and private industry as well as discuss how government agencies and the trade community are working together.

 

Moderator: Vincent Iacopella, President, Western Region, Janel Group Inc.

Panelists:
• Michael Denning, Advisor, Cargo and Conveyance Security, Office of Field Operations, CBP
• Dale Kelly, Chief, International Trade Management Division, U.S. Census Bureau
• Julie Parks, Director, Global Trade Organization, Global Business Services - Finance, Raytheon
• Geoffrey Powell, President, National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America

4:15-5:15 pm - Trade Enforcement and the Economy

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Trade Industry will discuss the strategies that they are using to implement Trade Enforcement. This panel will convey their partnership, and explain how they are dealing with the challenges and looking at different areas of opportunities.

 

Moderator: Cynthia Whittenburg, Executive Director, Trade Policy & Programs, Office of International Trade, CBP

Panelists:
• Michael Denning, Advisor, Cargo and Conveyance Security, Office of Field Operations, CBP
• Bruce Foucart, Director, National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
• Kevin Pinel, Trade Manager – North America, Microsoft Corporation
• Troy Riley, Executive Director, Commercial Targeting and Enforcement, Office of International Trade, CBP

5:15 pm - Closing
Maria Luisa Boyce, Senior Advisor for Private Sector and Trade Engagement, Office of Trade Relations, CBP

 

 

How to Register: Registration is now closed, but you may register to be placed on the waiting list. Online Registration

- The registration fee is $81.00 U.S. dollars.  Registration must be made online at CBP.gov and payment must be made by credit card. For participation, registrations will be confirmed and processed on a first come, first served basis.

- Due to the overwhelming interest in the Symposium, CBP will allow up to three participants per company to afford equal representation from all members of the international trade community. If a company exceeds the limitation, subsequent registrations will automatically be placed on the waiting list.

- Requests for special needs should be addressed to tradeevents@dhs.gov.

- Members of the press interested in covering the Trade Symposium should contact the CBP Office of Public Affairs at (202) 344-1780.

Cancellation Policy

All requests for cancellations/refunds must be submitted and received no later than May 13, 2015 for participation (Cancellation Form). CBP will follow the federal government operating status as indicated on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's website, including specifics for employees located in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. (OPM.gov) If the 2015 West Coast Trade Symposium is cancelled due to inclement weather, a natural disaster, or state of emergency, CBP will refund all registration fees within 14 days.

Lodging

Although all arrangements and expenses for lodging are the responsibility of the attendees, CBP has confirmed the following hotel room block for the Trade Symposium:

Hotel:
Hotel Address:
Hotel Website:

Telephone:

Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA 98402
https://resweb.passkey.com/go/8a32406a

(253) 238-8000

All hotel reservations must be made by May 1, 2015

NOTE: Please do not make reservations at the above-referenced hotel until you have received confirmation of your attendance. Hotel accommodations will be based on a first come first served availability and are subject to change.

Once again, we thank you for your interest and look forward to seeing you at the 2015 West Coast CBP Trade Symposium.