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Trade Symposium

 

CBP West Coast Trade Symposium 2012

 

On May 27, 2015 in Tacoma, Washington, U.S. Customs and Border Protection hosted the 2015 West Coast Trade Symposium, "Advancing Trade Through Partnership and Enforcement."

To watch the Commissioner's remarks as well as videos of the other panel discussions, please click the following links:

For more information on the past May 2015 West Coast Trade Symposium, please see the final agenda below.

 

Please stay tuned for updates and more information on the 2015 East Coast Trade Symposium which will be happening later this year.

 

FINAL AGENDA

 

ADVANCING TRADE THROUGH PARTNERSHIP AND ENFORCEMENT

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