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CBP’s 2017 West Coast Trade Symposium…Don’t Miss It!

posted by Jennifer Diaz February 20, 2017 4 Comments

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UPDATE – CBP JUST ANNOUNCED TODAY that registration will OFFICIALLY open on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 12:00 pm Eastern. Keep your eyes peeled for more information from CBP!

We always strive to keep you informed of the latest and greatest trade events. In this vain, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be hosting the 2017 West Coast Trade Symposium from May 24-25 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

More information about the event, including where to register, will be provided at a later date (and will be posted here). You can be sure we’ll keep you in the loop as we hear more.

If you need reasons to attend (or to get your employer to foot the bill), check out these top 5 reasons!

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CBP EAST COAST Trade Symposium (#ECTS2016) Dec 1-2, 2016!

posted by Jennifer Diaz November 11, 2016 2 Comments

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The CBP East Coast Trade Symposium theme is “Trade’s Impact on American Health, Safety and Economic Prosperity” and will take place from December 1-2, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.

Our top 5 reasons to attend including an invite to a premier networking event are below!

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Take 2 – Registration Now Opens For CBP’s Symposium in DC

posted by Jennifer Diaz December 18, 2013 0 comments

Mark your calendars – the CBP 2014 East Coast Trade Symposium is back on and scheduled for March 6-7, 2014, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The theme remains the same – “Increasing Economic Competitiveness Through Global Partnerships and Innovation”.

Based on the overwhelming interest received by CBP for participation at the Symposium, CBP is limiting attendance to three (3) 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.

Registration for onsite participation has increased to $128, and will open TODAY, December 18, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. EST.  Act fast, this event is usually sold out typically within a day!

Attendance at the Symposium is an excellent opportunity to meet with all levels at CBP, so take advantage of this opportunity!

See you at the CBP Symposium!

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CBP’s 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium in D.C. – HAS BEEN CANCELLED by Government Shutdown

posted by Jennifer Diaz October 16, 2013 0 comments

As a result of the prolonged lapse in government funding, CBP’s much-anticipated 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium in D.C. has been postponed.  The lapse in appropriations has significantly impacted CBP’s ability to hold the event as planned.  Although CBP was hopeful that the appropriations issues would have been resolved by now, and were hoping to proceed as planned, unfortunately, that is not possible.  CBP is committed to hosting the event at a later date, and looks forward to announcing the new date as soon as possible.

For those that have registered and paid for their symposium registration, CBP will be refunding your registration fee.  The refunds will be processed once the partial government shutdown is concluded.

As soon as CBP announces the new dates for the Symposium, we will let you know.   

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REGISTRATION OPENS for CBP’s 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium in D.C.

posted by Jennifer Diaz September 18, 2013 0 comments

Mark your calendars for the CBP 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium, scheduled for October 24 – 25, 2013, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.  This year’s theme is “Increasing Economic Competitiveness Through Global Partnerships and Innovation”.

Based on the overwhelming interest received by CBP for participation at the Symposium, CBP is limiting attendance to three (3) 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.

Registration for onsite participation is $108, and will open TODAY, September 18, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EST.  Act fast, this event is usually sold out typically within a day! 

Attendance at the Symposium is an excellent opportunity to meet with all levels at CBP, so take advantage of this opportunity!  For a sneak peak at what to expect in DC, see the agenda here.

See you at the CBP Symposium!

 

An added bonus:

  • As a special opportunity for U.S. citizens participating in this year’s CBP 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be on-site to conduct interviews for those interested in enrolling in the Global Entry program. Act within the next week, in order to be eligible for on-site enrollment. This offer is only available to those who have completed the online application, paid the $100 application fee, and are pre-approved through the Global Online Enrollment System.
  • Interested attendees must apply for Global Entry by Friday, October 10.
  • When applying, be sure to only select the Global Entry option. Global Entry is extremely popular with frequent international travelers because approved travelers use a kiosk to enter the U.S. rather than waiting in line to see an officer. For U.S. travelers, Global Entry approval also allows you to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck trusted traveler program, which expedites screening through TSA checkpoints at participating airports.

This is a terrific benefit I hope you will take advantage of.  I am a HUGE advocate of the TSA PreCheck program, check out my blog post regarding this wonderful program here.

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CANCELLED DUE TO SHUTDOWN – CBP’s 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium in D.C.

posted by Jennifer Diaz September 18, 2013 0 comments

Mark your calendars for the CBP 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium, scheduled for October 24 – 25, 2013, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.  This year’s theme is “Increasing Economic Competitiveness Through Global Partnerships and Innovation”.

Based on the overwhelming interest received by CBP for participation at the Symposium, CBP is limiting attendance to three (3) 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. 

Registration for onsite participation is $108, and will open TODAY, September 18, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EST.  Act fast, this event is usually sold out typically within a day!  

 

Attendance at the Symposium is an excellent opportunity to meet with all levels at CBP, so take advantage of this opportunity!  For a sneak peak at what to expect in DC, see the agenda here.

 

See you at the CBP Symposium!

 

An added bonus:

  • As a special opportunity for U.S. citizens participating in this year’s CBP 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be on-site to conduct interviews for those interested in enrolling in the Global Entry program. Act within the next week, in order to be eligible for on-site enrollment. This offer is only available to those who have completed the online application, paid the $100 application fee, and are pre-approved through the Global Online Enrollment System.
  • Interested attendees must apply for Global Entry by Friday, October 10.
  • When applying, be sure to only select the Global Entry option. Global Entry is extremely popular with frequent international travelers because approved travelers use a kiosk to enter the U.S. rather than waiting in line to see an officer. For U.S. travelers, Global Entry approval also allows you to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck trusted traveler program, which expedites screening through TSA checkpoints at participating airports.

This is a terrific benefit I hope you will take advantage of.  I am a HUGE advocate of the TSA PreCheck program, check out my blog post regarding this wonderful program here

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CBP Reschedules Symposium – November 27-28, 2012

posted by Jennifer Diaz November 9, 2012 0 comments

Today, CBP announced the U.S. Customs and Border Protection 2012 East Coast Trade Symposium will be held on November 27-28, 2012 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

For those of us that previously registered, we are given the opportunity to pre-register on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 starting at 8:00 am (EST).  Pre-registration is only open to previously registered attendees, but, as an added perk, it is transferable to a company coworker if you can no longer attend. Registration for the general public will open on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:00 am (EST).

The in-person registration fee has been increased to $252.00.  All previously paid registration fees ($151.00) have already been refunded, and credits should be seen within 10-14 days.

CLICK HERE to register. CBP updated the agenda here, and general symposium information may be found here.  

Seats are limited.  Make sure to register ASAP on Tuesday to retain your spot (or Wednesday to snag a spot).

See you at the symposium!

 

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CBP Symposium Postponed Due to Weather

posted by Jennifer Diaz October 26, 2012 0 comments

Hurricane Sandy is busy disrupting the sunshine state as well as D.C.  Breaking news from CBP, the CBP Symposium, due to start this coming Monday, is now postponed.  CBP’s message is below.  This is a great opportunity for CBP to join the C-TPAT conference with the symposium.  I hope they do.  I’ll keep you advised when the CBP symposium is back on.

Dear Registrants,

Due to concerns over participant safety and potential travel disruptions related to Hurricane Sandy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has decided to postpone the East Coast Trade Symposium that had been scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

We apologize for this inconvenience, but due to the strength and breadth of this storm we believe this postponement is the appropriate decision. We do not want to risk the safety of our participants, many of whom would be traveling to Washington D.C. to attend.

The nature of the storm is such that the agency’s emergency response protocols have been activated and must take precedence.

CBP will provide additional information regarding the registration for this event at a later date. The new date and location within the Washington DC Metropolitan Area for the symposium will be announced as soon as possible. CBP officials apologize for this inconvenience and will reschedule this important event in the near future.

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CBP Symposium Date Change & C-TPAT Conference Postponed

posted by Jennifer Diaz August 10, 2012 0 comments

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  Registration opened on August 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm eastern standard time.

Originally CBP planned to hold the CBP Symposium right after the C-TPAT conference from September 24-28th in DC.  I thought that was a great idea and hope it works in the future. For now, the C-TPAT conference is postponed and the CBP Symposium has a new date.

So mark your calendars for the CBP Symposium titled "Transforming Trade for a Stronger Economy", it is now October 29-30 in Washington, DC. CBP is limiting attendance to 3 representatives per company, so plan accordingly. Registration has not yet been announced – but, I will say, you need to act fast, it’s sold out within a day typically. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet with all levels at CBP – take advantage!  The Symposium already took place on the West Coast, for a sneak peak at what to expect in DC, see the agenda here. Questions for CBP about the symposium may be sent to tradeevents@dhs.gov

CBP advised all member of C-TPAT that " C-TPAT will not be holding its 2012 Conference in September due to scheduling and logistics challenges.  We are currently working to revise the planning in order to bring you the conference material at a later date.  We will provide updated information as we get it on both the www.cbp.gov website and through email messages on the C-TPAT Portal. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused."

See you at the CBP Symposium!

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CBP Symposium Highlights

posted by Customs & International Trade Law Blog December 15, 2009 1 Comment

The annual CBP Symposium, held at the D.C. Convention Center, Washington, D.C. from December 8-10, 2009, was the 10th year of this very successful event.  Over 850 attendees were initially greeted by outgoing Acting Commissioner Jay Ahern.  The Symposium agenda was a smorgasbord of information that was appropriate for anyone with a serious interest in international trade and logistics. Highlights included presentations from Assistant Commissioner Dan Baldwin, Office of International Trade, Rich DiNucci, Director, Secure Freight Initiative (“10+2”), Bob Swierupski, Director, National Commodity Specialist Division, and Brenda Smith, Executive Director, Trade Policy and Programs, about what the international trade community should expect in 2010 from CBP.  Special Presentations were made by Jeremy Baskin, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Domenic Veneziano, Director, Division of Import Operations and Policy, U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Mr. DiNucci’s presentation on Importer Security Filing (ISF) stated that CBP has received from January 26, 2009 through December 6, 2009 3.65 million ISF filings from over 1,900 ISF filers representing 103,000 ISF importers. There is now a 95% acceptance rate on ISF filings.  As you know, the enforcement mode for ISF begins January 26, 2010, and there will be a $5,000 penalty issued by CBP for a violation per ISF transmission or $10,000 maximum per ISF filing.  Importers should be familiar with the ISF Interim Final Rule, the FAQ on ISF, and the Mitigation Guidelines issued by CBP.

Therese Randazzo, Director, IPR Policy and Programs Division, stated that CBP had issued over 1,000 fine notices, pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1526(e), totaling $94 million against importers for attempting to import counterfeit merchandise.  However, only $2 million was collected from those importers.   Ms. Randazzo acknowledged that the U.S. Attorney’s Offices are reluctant to pursue such cases because the importer has already been punished in that the merchandise was seized and forfeited, and adding a fine on top of that may be considered a violation of the “excessive fine” clause of the United States Constitution.  Charles Steuart, the new Intellectual Property Rights and Restricted Branch Chief, stated that CBP had  “targeting inefficiencies because of  lack of information of the international supply chain from trademark and copyright holders” who have recorded their trademarks, trade names, and copyrights with CBP.

Mr. Swierupski stated that his office had issued 6,821 Rulings pursuant to 19 CFR Part 177 in FY 2009, that Rulings from his New York office are issued within 30 days and those from CBP HQ are issued within 90 days.  Myles Harmon, Director, Commercial and Trade Facilitation Division, reminded persons submitting Ruling Requests to do so using CBP’s new e-Rulings system, however, if a physical sample is submitted to CBP, the Ruling must still be made by paper, and not through the e-Rulings system. CBP has issued about 160,000 rulings available on CROSS.  Advance Ruling Requests are still the best method of predicting proper classification, valuation, country of origin, and other import requirements.

I look forward to next year’s CBP Symposium. Be sure to sign up early as the event is always quickly sold out.