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
- Columbia Sportswear
- Eddie Bauer LLC
- J.C. Penney
- Levi Strauss & Co.
- MGF Sourcing
- Ralph Lauren
- Under Armour
- Urban Outfitters
- VS & Co
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.
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.
8:15 AM to 9:00 AM
Registration & Networking
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
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
10:00 AM - Where are Supply Chains Headed post-COVID?
- Peter Tirschwell, Vice President, Maritime, Trade & Supply Chain, S&P Global Market Intelligence
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
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
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
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
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.
2:10 PM - Responsible Sourcing from Uzbekistan
- Bennett Freeman, Co-Founder, Cotton Campaign
- Abby McGill, Program, Officer, Solidarity Center
2:30 PM - Sourcing Opportunities in Turkey
- Mr. Haldun Boz, Board Member, Istanbul Apparel Exporters Association (iHKiB)
2:50 PM - Networking Break
3:10 PM - Sustainability and Innovation Panel
- Karla Magruder, Founder and President, Accelerating Circularity
- Stewart Sheppard, Director of Sustainability & Training, HIGG
3:40 PM - Cotton Today: From Prices to Sustainability
- Mark Messura, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain Marketing, Cotton Incorporated
4:00 PM - Insights from FIT: Democratizing Access to Emerging Technologies
- James Pearce, Emerging Technologies Manager at FIT
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
Partner, Grunfeld Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP (“GDLSK”)
Arthur Bodek is a partner in the New York office of GDLSK. His practice is focused on import and export trade law, Customs law and other regulatory law as it relates to international trade. Much of his work centers around developing creative strategies to maximize benefits under Free Trade Agreements and a host of other duty-free/reduced duty tariff programs (e.g., U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Central American Free Trade Agreement, Generalized System of Preferences, African Growth and Opportunity Act, Caribbean Basin Initiative, and many others). Mr. Bodek also works with clients to develop favorable Customs valuation and tariff classification strategies to generate Customs duty-savings.
Mr. Bodek represents clients in connection with CBP requests, audits, investigations and enforcement actions. He is also involved in supply chain issues including those related to forced labor and sustainability as well as importer security programs such as the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).
Mr. Bodek regularly counsels clients on compliance issues and frequently speaks to trade audiences on these topics.
"United States Customs Service Audits and Record Keeping Requirements," The Transportation Lawyer, Vol. 3 No. 4 (1994)
"U.S. Customs Service Announces Sweeping Changes In Rules of Origin For Textiles and Apparel," Apparel Trade and Transportation News (1995)
Various Customs Updates columns in the Journal of Commerce
American Bar Association
Customs and International Trade Bar Association
US Court of International Trade (1988)
STATE BAR MEMBERSHIPS
New York (1988)
Hofstra University School of Law J.D. with Distinction (1987)
Brandeis University B.A. (Middle East Studies) (1984)
Istanbul Apparel Exporters Association (iHKiB) Board Member and iHKiB Sustainability and International Relations Committee Member
Mr. Haldun Boz, the founder of Nova Fashion Group and Teksim, has a long history in the global apparel trade industry. He was born in Istanbul in 1958. He completed his education at Darüşşafaka High School and Istanbul University's School of Business Administration. Mr. Boz started his career as a professional in 1978 and, after eight years of experience, he founded his first small business Novateks in 1986.
As an entreprenuer and investor, he is still the current President of Nova Fashion Group and Teksim. Mr. Boz is married and has two children and one grandchild. He is a member of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), the Turkish Clothing Manufacturers' Association (TGSD), Darüşşafaka, and BJK.
Assistant Director, Commercial Development, Port Department at PANYNJ
Mike Bozza became the Assistant Director of Commercial Development for the Port Department in March 2020. In this role, Mike oversees all aspects of business development, marketing, leasing, property acquisition, land use planning, and assists in the retention and growth of the Port’s maritime business lines. Prior to this role Mike served as the General Manager of NJ Marine Terminals, Manager of Leasing & Property Development, and Operations Manager.
Mike joined the Port Authority in 2001 as a Leadership Fellow. He has served the agency in several roles of increasing responsibility and scope with the Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals, Real Estate, Aviation and Port departments. Throughout his career he has managed complex negotiations and led multiple creative transactions across the Port Authority’s diverse real estate portfolio.
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University and a master’s degree in public administration from Rutgers University. In addition, Mike has earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation from the CCIM Institute.
Director of International Traffic & Customs Compliance, Golden Touch Imports, Inc.
Sonja Chapman is a licensed customhouse broker with over 25 years’ experience managing international transportation logistics and customs compliance for apparel companies. She is currently Director of International Traffic and Customs Compliance for Golden Touch Imports, Inc. The firm provides administrative services to a group of apparel companies that special in women’s and junior apparel. Prior to working with Golden Touch Ms. Chapman served as Director of Logistics and Customs Compliance for Baby Togs, Inc., a large U.S. children’s apparel manufacturer, for 14 years. Ms. Chapman also teaches in the department of International Trade and Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She teaches courses in International Logistics and Import / Export Regulations. In addition, she is a regular coordinator of programs for FIT’s Executive Education Program and their International Exchange Programs.
The U.S. Secretary of the Department of Agriculture appointed Ms. Chapman in 2004, to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cotton Board. She is currently chair of the Strategic Assessment Committee.
Ms. Chapman received her B.A. in International Politics from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program.
Ms. Chapman is married and has two children.
Robert Chin Quee
Senior Vice President, US Customs Brokerage Product
Robert Chin Quee, a licensed Customs Broker and Certified Customs Specialist, is a GEODIS USA Senior Vice President with responsibility for U.S. Customs Brokerage. Prior to migrating to the U.S. in October 1978, Robert worked at Gillette Caribbean and The Guinness Brewery in Jamaica where he gained invaluable experience in the import and export field.
In November 1978, Robert began working for Wolf D Barth Co Inc. in the export department. Through a name change Wolf D. Barth Company became Barthco International and was acquired by OHL international and subsequently by GEODIS USA. Over the years, Robert has held several supervisory and managerial positions in the company including Export Manager, Import Manager, NY Office Manager and NY regional Vice President. He is a member of the JFK Customs Brokers Association, Columbia Association of U.S. Customs, and an advisory board member of the Fashion Institute of Technology.
In his current role Robert has responsibility for U.S. Customs Brokerage which includes the customs brokerage operations, system development, training, client integration and EDI applications for processing entries and exchanging data. His expertise includes the customs regulations, imports of textiles, apparel, footwear, jewelry, precious metals, precious stones, and e-commerce solutions.
He does customs brokerage training in NY and has assisted many employees and clients in obtaining their Customs Broker’s license.
Co-Founder, The Cotton Campaign and former SVP of Sustainability Research and Policy, Calvert Investments
Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Ms. AnnMarie R. Highsmith is the Executive Assistant Commissioner (EAC) of Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Ms. Highsmith oversees a diverse portfolio of trade enforcement, security, and facilitation to enable legitimate trade, contribute to American economic prosperity, and protect against risks to public health and safety. Her work ranges from enforcing over 500 U.S. trade laws and overseeing 14 trade agreements, to directing CBP’s seven Priority Trade Issues in collaboration with 49 partner government agencies.
From 2013 to 2021, Ms. Highsmith served as the Deputy Chief Counsel for CBP, where she was the chief operating officer of one of the premier legal offices in Government, managing and directing a staff of 400 legal professionals in 31 offices nationwide. In 2020, Ms. Highsmith served as Acting Chief Counsel for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In that capacity, she provided effective leadership for the agency's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring public safety and the security of the national food supply chain, while protecting American jobs. Ms. Highsmith joined the SES as the Associate Chief Counsel (Trade and Finance), CBP, in Washington, D.C. In that role, she served as the principal legal advisor for CBP on all matters involving customs laws, as they impact on trade, and a broad range of fiscal matters. In 2013, she served as the Acting Associate General Counsel for General Law, in the Office of the General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security, providing leadership and timely, practical legal advice and guidance to successfully implement the over $3 billion sequestration. A native Californian, Ms. Highsmith began her legal career in 1992 as a Staff Attorney with the U.S. Customs Service, at the Office of the Regional Counsel, in Long Beach, California.
Ms. Highsmith received her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1992, and her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Pepperdine University in 1988. She is a 2011 graduate of the Harvard University Senior Managers in Government program. In 2017, Ms. Highsmith was awarded a Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award.
VP, Stakeholder Engagement, WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production)
Director of Sustainability & Training, HIGG
Stewart Sheppard is the Director of Sustainability and Training at the HIGG Index.
He specializes in bridging the gap between Life Cycle Assessment and concrete environmental impact reductions.
Vice President, Maritime, Trade, & Supply Chain, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Peter Tirschwell is Vice President, Maritime, Trade & Supply Chain for S&P Global Market Intelligence. In his role Peter leads the Journal of Commerce, the former daily New York City maritime newspaper founded in 1827 which today is a team of specialized business journalists analyzing end-to-end international shipping supply chains including containerized shipping, ports, airfreight, trucking, rail, distribution centers, and home delivery, addressed to the needs of corporate supply chain leaders.
A career business journalist, Peter has served in a variety of roles at the Journal of Commerce over 30+ years. He has served a maritime reporter, West Coast Bureau Chief, and Editor in Chief of the daily Journal of Commerce newspaper, as well as publisher and his current role leading the JOC business within S&P Global Market Intelligence. He is the founder and chairman of the annual S&P Global/Journal of Commerce TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif., the world’s largest container shipping event, with the 23rd edition to be next held on Feb. 26-March 1, 2023. The Journal of Commerce team organizes other events including Breakbulk and Project Cargo and Inland Distribution, and the World Ports Conference, and produces award-winning written analysis distributed over the subscription website JOC.com. Peter writes regular news analysis, speaks frequently at industry events and has been quoted in or written Op-Ed pieces for mainstream business media including the The Wall Street Journal, CNBC and The Washington Post, CBS News, NPR, The Financial Times, The New York Times and many others.
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Coming Into Town Early?
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
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
U.S. Customs & Border Protection,
One World Trade Center, 50th Floor - Ceremonial Room,
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!