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USFIA & AISA Annual Conference

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA--formerly the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel (USA-ITA)--and the American Import Shippers Association (AISA) host an annual conference featuring discussions on customs, supply-chain logistics, transportation, sourcing, and other key issues that affect the textile and apparel importer community. The conference is held every November in New York City. 

2013 Annual Conference

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The 25th Annual Textile & Apparel Importer Trade & Transportation Conference will take place on Wednesday, November 6th, in New York City.

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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CONFERENCE AGENDA.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Jana Kalish at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-419-0465. 

Our confirmed speakers include:

  • Kim Glas, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods, & Materials at the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Nancy Donaldson, Director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Washington Office - Keynote Speaker
  • Dora Murphy, Director of the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Center of Excellence & Expertise (CEE) for Apparel, Footwear, & Textiles - Keynote Speaker
  • Gary Barraco, Senior Director of Product Marketing for ecVision
  • Nicole Benker, Director of Trade Compliance & Supply Chain Recruitment for Tyler Search 
  • Alice Buchanan, Assistant Director for Partnership for the CBP CEE for Apparel, Footwear, & Textiles
  • John Clark, Vice President of Michar LLC
  • Sandra Fallgatter, Customs & Trade Compliance Director at jcpenney and Vice President of J.C. Penney Purchasing Corporation
  • Jon Fee, Partner at Alston & Bird LLP
  • Maureen Gray, Vice President of International Trade for Ralph Lauren Corporation & Chair of USA-ITA Board of Directors
  • Jennifer Hillman, Partner at Cassidy Levy Kent & Former Clinton Administration Textile Negotiator
  • Robin Lanier, Executive Director of the Waterfront Coalition
  • Peter Leach, Senior Editor at The Journal of Commerce
  • Robert MacLean, Partner & Head of EU International Trade & Export Controls Practice at Squire Sanders' Brussels Office
  • Mark Messura, Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain Marketing for Cotton Incorporated
  • John Pellegrini, USA-ITA Customs Counsel with McGuireWoods LLP
  • Sylvia Reyes, Apparel & Textiles Director for the United States for Proexport Colombia
  • Leigh Schmid, Senior Vice President of Global Compliance for L Brands
  • Andrew Siciliano, Partner in Trade & Customs at KPMG
  • David Spooner, USA-ITA Washington Counsel with Squire Sanders and Former George W. Bush Administration Textile Negotiator
  • Ken Uriu, Marketing Manager, Trade Development for the Port of Long Beach
  • Janet Ydavoy, Vice President of Customs Compliance & International Operations for The Jones Group

We will continue to update this page, so bookmark it or check out #TNT2013 on Facebook and Twitter for the latest announcements! 

November 5 Pre-Conference Workshop: Obtaining, Qualifying, and Hiring Talent...and Keeping Them!

Join us the day before the conference and get to know some of your fellow conference attendees while participating in an in-depth, interactive conversation with Tyler Search, the leading trade compliance global logistics recruiting firm in the country. Nicole Benker, Director of Trade Compliance & Supply Chain Recruitment at Tyler Search, will lead an interactive discussion and answer questions including:

  • Where is the talent?
  • How do hiring managers impede the hiring process?
  • Why do qualified candidates need to know more?
  • Why does good talent leave your organization?

For information and registration, click here. This event is free for all registered conference attendees, but space is very limited and you must register separately.

November 5 Pre-Conference Workshop: The U.S.-EU Free Trade Agreement Negotiations

Join us the afternoon before the conference and get to know some of your fellow conference attendees while participating in an in-depth, interactive conversation with Squire Sanders experts from the Washington and Brussels about the U.S.-EU free trade negotiations, the sensitivities, and the likelihood for success. 

This summer, the United States and  European Union launched ambitious negotiations with the aim of creating a U.S.–EU free trade bloc, called the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP). If successful, the agreement would be the most meaningful free trade arrangement ever negotiated for retail and apparel brands, permitting duty-free access for apparel into the world’s two biggest markets. 

There are, however, a lot of questions. Will these negotiations conclude any time soon? Will this agreement between two developed economies be the first to include flexible, commercially meaningful rules of origin for apparel? Will non-apparel issues, such as data protection and agriculture, scupper the talks?

For information and registration, click here. This event is free for all registered conference attendees, but space is very limited and you must register separately.

November 7: USA-ITA Board of Directors Meeting 

The USA-ITA Board of Directors will meet in New York on the morning of Thursday, November 7th, the day after the conference.

 

2012 Annual Conference

24th Annual Textile & Apparel Importer Trade & Transportation Conference

 

 

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On January 9, 2013, the U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel (USA-ITA) and the American Import Shippers Association (AISA) hosted the 24th Annual Textile and Apparel Importer Trade and Transportation Conference in New York. To read the recap, USFIA members can login to the website.

For conference photos, visit us on Facebook or Flickr--and don't forget to tag yourself and your friends!

Read more: 2012 Annual Conference

2011 Annual Conference

Our 23rd Annual Textile & Apparel Importer Trade & Transportation Conference was held on November 8, 2011, at Bridgewaters South Street Seaport in New York City. Below, you’ll find a recap of the presentations, including links to PowerPoint presentations and photos.

 To read the recap, USFIA members can login to the website.

Read more: 2011 Annual Conference

2010 Annual Conference

 

22nd Annual Textile & Apparel Importer Trade & Transportation Conference

About the 22nd Annual Textile & Apparel Importer Trade and Transportation Conference

On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, more than 300 people attended the 22nd Annual Textile & Apparel Importer Trade & Transportation Conference at Bridgewaters South Street Seaport in New York. Hosted by the American Import Shippers Association and the United States Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel, this annual event was full of information from different perspectives within the apparel importing and transportation community. The day closed with Customs and Border Protection's Janet Labuda's final presentation before her retirement. Click on the links below to learn more about the 22nd Annual Conference.

 

Read more: 2010 Annual Conference

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