2022 Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference

Join USFIA on November 10, 2022 in New York, New York

Hosted by the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) in conjunction with Host FIT Baker School of Business and Technology.

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) invite you to the 34th Annual Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference in New York City, where we will discuss the trade, transportation, and compliance challenges for fashion brands and retailers today.


Registration rates are $499 for members and $699 for non-members.

USFIA members/affiliates, please login to the website to access the discounted member rates.

What to Expect

Our largest annual event brings together professionals from companies across the supply chain for a one day event full of insights from policy makers and industry experts. This year we are meeting in person and will analyze the impact of the mid-term elections, hear the outlook for trade policy and customs policy, and learn more about solutions to eliminate forced labor while preparing for supply chain disruptions. 

The conference is traditionally attended by 150-200 professionals ranging from coordinators, managers, directors, and vice presidents to the C-suite. The attendees are decision-makers in areas including sourcing, global trade compliance, quality assurance, supply chain management, logistics, and marketing for small, mid-sized, and large national and global companies. Past conference attendees included executives from the following companies:

  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Ascena
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Eddie Bauer LLC
  • J.C. Penney
  • Kohl’s
  • Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Macy’s
  • MGF Sourcing
  • Primark
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Under Armour
  • Urban Outfitters
  • VS & Co
  • Walmart 

Visiting NYC

FIT is located on West 27th Street, between Seventh and Eighth avenues. This midtown location, the center of the fashion industries, is easily reached by every subway line, major railroad line, and bus route in the city. There is no on-campus parking, so the best way to reach FIT is via public transportation. The closest subway station is the 28th Street Station. The Katie Murphy Amphitheater is located at 218 W 28th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenue. Click here to view it on Google Maps.

For air travel, nearby NYC-area airports include LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy, and Newark Liberty. Public transportation into Manhattan is available at all three.

FIT provides directions to their campus by public transportation, by air, and by car on this website.

Click here to check out FIT's preferred hotels.


The 34th Annual Apparel Importers Trade and Transportation Conference will run from 8am until 6pm.

This agenda is preliminary and subject to change prior to the event.

Morning Agenda

8:15 AM to 9:00 AM
Registration & Networking


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9:00 AM - Welcome Remarks

  • Julia K. Hughes, President, United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA)
  • Dean Shannon Maher, FIT Baker School of Business and Technology
  • Chris Lucas, Senior Director and Associate General Counsel for American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. and Vice Chair of the USFIA Board of Directors


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9:20 AM - Policy Outlook: Trade Policy, Customs Policy, and the Mid-Terms
Moderated by Julia Hughes, USFIA President

Hear about how the mid-terms may affect trade policy from David, customs policy from John, and Arthur's UFLPA and WRO experiences

  • David Spooner, USFIA Washington Counsel and Partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • John Pellegrini, USFIA Customs Consultant
  • Arthur Bodek, Partner at Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP


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10:00 AM - Where are Supply Chains Headed post-COVID?

  • Peter Tirschwell, Vice President, Maritime, Trade & Supply Chain, S&P Global Market Intelligence


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10:25 AM - Update from the Ports: East Coast and West Coast Outlook

  • Michael Bozza, Assistant Director - Commercial Division, Port Department, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Samantha Galltin, Managing Director, Commercial Operations Bureau, Port of Long Beach


10:50 AM - Networking Break (go visit our exhibits in the Reeves Great Hall!)



11:10 AM - Trends in Global Sourcing- Challenges and Capability Investment Trends

  • Ron Klein, Principal (Partner), PwC Advisory Services LLC


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11:30 AM - Insights from FIT: Current Trends in Cotton Sourcing

  • Sonja Chapman, Director of International Traffic & Customs Compliance, Golden Touch Imports, Inc. and Associate Professor, Department of International Trade and Marketing at FIT 


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11:45 AM - Forced Labor: A Paradigm Shift. “It’s Not Business As Usual”

  • Janet Labuda, Head of Compliance, Maersk Customs Services
  • Kristen Daniels, Business Development Lead, Altana AI
  • Amanda Williams, Enterprise Solutions Manager, Altana AI


12:15 PM - Networking Lunch

Afternoon Agenda



1:20 PM - KEYNOTE: Trade Vision for CBP
Introduced by Ed Fitzgerald, GEODIS

  • AnnMarie Highsmith, Executive Assistant Commissioner for Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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1:40 PM - Sourcing Today: Hear from Industry Leaders on Strategies for the Future

  • Tara Hoffmann, Managing Director, Spectra Private Brands
  • Akiko Inui, Former Senior Vice President, Value Chain Strategies, PVH Corp.


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2:10 PM - Responsible Sourcing from Uzbekistan

  • Bennett Freeman, Co-Founder, Cotton Campaign
  • Abby McGill, Program, Officer, Solidarity Center


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2:30 PM - Sourcing Opportunities in Turkey

  • Mr. Haldun Boz, Board Member, Istanbul Apparel Exporters Association (iHKiB)


2:50 PM - Networking Break


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3:10 PM - Sustainability and Innovation Panel

  • Karla Magruder, Founder and President, Accelerating Circularity
  • Stewart Sheppard, Director of Sustainability & Training, HIGG


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3:40 PM - Cotton Today: From Prices to Sustainability

  • Mark Messura, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain Marketing, Cotton Incorporated


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4:00 PM - Insights from FIT: Democratizing Access to Emerging Technologies

  • James Pearce, Emerging Technologies Manager at FIT


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4:20 PM - Transforming the Fashion Industry

  • Mark Jaeger, Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production)
  • Andrea Kennedy, Vice President of Sustainability, Material Exchange
  • Robert Chin Quee, Senior Vice President, US Customs Brokerage Product, GEODIS


Our Sponsors & Partners

 Interested in sponsoring the Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference?
Download our sponsorship guide or contact info@usfashionindustry.com

2022 Conference Lunch Sponsor

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2022 Conference Gold Sponsors


2022 Conference Sourcing Sponsors

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2022 Conference Media Sponsor

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Coming Into Town Early?


Wednesday, November 9, 2022
10am-4pm EST
Glasgow Caledonia New York College (GCNYC)
64 Wooster St., NYC 10012

Earn a certificate of completion at this all-day USFIA x Material Exchange fashion sustainability workshop centered on assessing products, minimizing impacts, and understanding sustainable design and sourcing how-to’s. 

Learn to measure, assess, and reduce the footprint of the clothing you design and produce.

This workshop is geared toward working fashion professionals looking to deepen their knowledge of measurable ways to increase the sustainability of their brand products. Click here to learn more about the workshop and the instructors.

Simply add on the workshop in your conference registration if you would like to attend. Special pricing for USFIA members and students: $95


Wednesday, November 9, 2022
10am-2pm EST
U.S. Customs & Border Protection,
One World Trade Center, 50th Floor - Ceremonial Room,
NYC 10007

Meet key National Import Specialists and gain a better understanding of the U.S. Customs & Border Protection classification process.

You are encouraged to come prepared with specific questions about classification for the one-on-one discussions—and bring samples, too! 

NEW THIS YEAR: Submit a Binding Ruling request on site. There will be a room set aside for submitting Binding Ruling requests. You will be required to bring the ruling application paperwork with you and samples are encouraged, but optional.

Free for conference attendees!