WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) annual East Coast Trade Symposium opened at the Gaylord National Harbor today. The theme for this year's symposium is Expanding 21st Century Global Partnerships.
"The annual trade symposium is an exciting opportunity for CBP to sit down with members of the trade talk about our initiatives and seek their feedback," said Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar. "Strengthening partnerships with the trade community is an important part of our trade mission."
The two-day symposium will feature panel discussions with agency personnel, members of the trade community and other government agencies on CBP's role in international trade initiatives and programs. Panels will cover a variety of topics including global supply chain security, the Beyond the Border Action Plan, Centers of Excellence and Expertise, the role of the broker, Automated Commercial Environment and trusted trader programs.
This year marks the 12-year anniversary of the East Coast Trade Symposium. For more information on the symposium visit the CBP website. During the symposium #cbptrade2012 will be used for Twitter throughout the event.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.