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2020 Trade Symposium Exhibitors

Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The Agricultural Marketing Service supports economic development and access to wholesome food by creating domestic and international marketing opportunities for American farmers, ranchers and businesses in the supply chain from field to table. New import regulations are being introduced this year that will have an impact on the importation of all Organic commodities entering the US. We will have USDA AMS staff on hand from the National Organic Program to answer questions on the new regulations and how the new organic import certificate will impact importers.

Allegations of Intellectual Property Theft, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

The Homeland Security Investigations-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) operates in a task force like setting with all 25 partners focusing on Interdiction, Investigation and Outreach & Training to combat IP theft and trade law violations. This whole of government approach brings to bear all the regulatory, civil & criminal authorities (tactics, techniques, procedures) of the partner agencies to fight counterfeiting, piracy as well as to stop illegal and illicit trade practices that threaten the global economy. IPR Center partnerships help protect the public health and safety, the U.S. economy and warfighters.

Antidumping and Countervailing Duties (AD/CVD) and Trade Remedy, CBP

The AD/CVD program is a Priority Trade Issue that was established to detect and deter circumvention of the AD/CVD law, to liquidate final duties timely and accurately, while at the same time facilitating legitimate trade. The Trade Remedy program was developed to enforce trade remedy measures for duties and quota on imported merchandise. The Trade Remedy Branch is currently implementing Trade Remedies Section 232 Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum and Section 301 Trade Remedies on Certain products from China.

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine, USDA

Plant Protection and Quarantine is a vital program of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. We are responsible for safeguarding U.S. agriculture and natural resources against invasive pests. We also facilitate the safe trade of agricultural products, helping to make sure the goods the United States’ imports and exports do not spread damaging pests. Our work promotes a healthy, abundant food supply here in the United States and around the world. It helps to sustain a vibrant, biologically diverse natural environment, it supports our Nation’s economic growth by helping U.S. growers and producers deliver high-quality food and agricultural products to the world.

Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Enforcement, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

DOE requires that various products and equipment meet energy conservation standards and be certified on an annual basis. Importers of products and equipment who fail to properly certify compliance to DOE, or who import into the U.S. products or equipment that are not compliant with applicable energy conservation standards, are subject to civil monetary penalties.

Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Information, CBP

Enhancements and upcoming ACE deployments as well as changes with ACE Reports; ACE Support Resources; and Truck modernization information in multiple languages.

ACE Reports Helpdesk, CBP

Provide the trade community with information about ACE and answer questions about ACE portal and reports.

Border Interagency Executive Council (BIEC) and PGA Information, CBP

Attendees can expect to learn more about the BIEC and GBI initiative Trade Symposium panel topics. Specifically, updates on ongoing BIEC initiatives and priorities; more in-depth information regarding the GBI initiative and the current status of the initiative; and other PGA-related items such as technology launches, and policy developments.

Broker Information, CBP

Information on how to become a United States Customs licensed broker, current broker information and pending changes.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM)

CARM project is a multi-year initiative that will transform the collection of tax and duty for goods imported into Canada. Through CARM, the CBSA will modernize and streamline the process of importing commercial goods into Canada.

CBP Recruitment

CBP will be distributing informational pamphlets and promotional items providing employment opportunities. CBP will also exhibit seized counterfeit items for a first-hand look on what criminals attempt to smuggle into the United States.

Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center (CTAC), CBP

The Commercial Targeting Analysis Center (CTAC), as the operational extension of One-U.S. Government at the Border, functions to enable real-time information sharing and leverage the collective resources of Partner Government Agencies (PGA) members to prevent, deter, interdict and investigate violations of U.S. import and export laws that pose a risk to import health and safety, involve environmental crimes, illicit wildlife and cultural property, alcohol and tobacco trafficking and related revenue evasion.

Consumer Product Compliance Enforcement, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

CPSC’s Office of Import Surveillance will describe how the agency assesses risk and enforces consumer product compliance at the border. CPSC’s Small Business Ombudsman will provide information on business resources and demonstrate the Regulatory Robot tool on a tablet.

CTPAT Security and Trade Compliance, CBP

The Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) was created in 2001 to strengthen border security through collaboration with industry on security and transparency throughout the entire supply chain. At its core, CTPAT is a partnership between CBP and industry to protect supply chains, identify security gaps, implement specific security and trade compliance best practices, and maintain the integrity of low-risk cargo entering the United States. CTPAT has evolved. We have advanced the program by enhancing the minimum security criteria. We are in the process of integrating trade compliance into CTPAT. We are strengthening member benefits, and expanding global partnerships as well.

Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) Investigations and E-Allegations, CBP

EAPA: Title IV, Section 421 of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 is commonly referred to as The Enforce and Protect Act of 2015 or EAPA. EAPA establishes formal procedures for submitting and investigating antidumping or countervailing allegations of evasion against U.S. importers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has responsibility for tracking and reporting allegations of evasion from initial receipt, vetting and enforcement actions, to final disposition of an investigation. The e-Allegations Program provides an electronic portal developed to provide the trade community and the general public a tool to report suspected trade violations to CBP. The e-Allegations process enables CBP, in collaboration with our partners, to protect our economy from the effects of unfair trade practices and guard against the entry of products that could pose a threat to health and safety.

Forced Labor, CBP

The CBP Forced Labor exhibit will provide Trade Symposium attendees a general overview of our forced labor program. Attendees will also learn about our forced labor process. We plan to have tear sheets, fact sheets about our program in the form of handouts, and potentially an infographic to display on the easel that provides the latest statistics on CBPs enforcement efforts on forced labor. Our staff on site will be able to answer general questions about our program.

Import Processes and Systems, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

General information about FDA’s import processes and systems.

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) E-Commerce, CBP

The IPR and E-Commerce Division will provide information on IPR violations and explain how CBP prevents/enforces the importation of counterfeit products into the United States. The enforcement of IPR is significant due to the risks associated with such violations, which include health and safety risks, national security risks, and harm to the U.S. economy. CBP continues to face challenges with respect to this mission as a result of increasingly sophisticated counterfeiting operations, the public perception that purchasing counterfeit goods is a victimless crime, and the rise of e-commerce. The IPR Enforcement Booth will exhibit samples of counterfeit products and explain how consumers can identify/distinguish between authentic and counterfeit products. Additionally, the IPR Enforcement Booth will explain how companies can work with CBP to protect their products and/or prevent the introduction of counterfeit products from entering their supply chain.

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) E-Recordation, CBP

Border Enforcement of IPR through e-Recordation.

Laboratories and Scientific Services (LSS), CBP

Display of capabilities of the laboratory, using a microscope and samples and forensic work.

Revenue Modernization, CBP

Revenue Modernization (Rev Mod) is a multi-year, phased program that benefits the Trade and Travel industries and the U.S. economy by simplifying the collections process, providing modern and electronic billing and payment options, and creating operational efficiencies at Ports of Entry (POEs). The Rev Mod initiatives include:

  • The deployment of the Mobile Collections and Receipts (MCR) application at maritime POEs to email electronic receipts for maritime processing fees to owners/operators and designated vessel agents.
  • The creation of the eCBP portal, allowing Broker applicants to register and submit electronic payments for the October 2019 Broker License Exam.
  • The opportunity for Brokers to use Pay.gov to pay their Triennial fees and submit their reports online rather than paying manually at their original POE.

Quota and Agriculture Priority Trade, CBP

Learn about general quota processing in the ACE system, with focus areas on Absolute Quota, Tariff-Rate Quota, Tariff-Preference Level Quota and a walkthrough of the Post Summary Correction Process. HQ Quota staff will discuss Priority Trade Initiatives related to Agriculture and Quotas designed to promote domestic business growth and work with global partners for mutually beneficial economic development. Initiatives plan to increase awareness in commodity sectors about quota utilization.

Textiles and Trade Agreements, CBP

CBP’s Textiles and Trade Agreements Division will be staffing this booth to offer compliance guidance, informational resources, and engagement with symposium attendees. Information on the U.S. – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA), U.S. – Japan Trade Agreement and much more will be available. Subject matter experts will be on hand throughout the conference to engage with attendees and to connect them to resources.