USFIA Mid-West Seminar

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Join the United States Fashion Industry Association for a full-day seminar in Columbus, Ohio.

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) will host our first-ever Mid-West Seminar at L Brands in Columbus, Ohio. This seminar provides an important opportunity for dialogue between U.S. brands, retailers, and importers throughout the United States and the policymakers affecting our industry. If you're located between the coasts, or if you weren't able to make it to our conference, we hope you'll make plans to attend!


8:30 AM to 9:00 AM - Breakfast and Registration 

9:00 AM to 9:15 AM - Opening Remarks

Leigh Schmid, Senior Vice President of Global Compliance at L Brands

Julia K. Hughes, President of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) 

9:15 AM to 10:15 AM - Trade Policy Outlook for 2014 & Beyond

Julia K. Hughes, President of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA)

John Pellegrini, USFIA Customs Counsel with McGuireWoods LLP

David Spooner, USFIA Washington Counsel with Squire Sanders 

10:15 AM to 10:30 AM - Coffee Break

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Update on the CEE for AFT

Patrick Brosnahan, National Account Manager for U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s Center of Excellence & Expertise (CEE) for Apparel, Footwear, & Textiles (AFT)

Gary Geoffrion, Supervisory Import Specialist for the CBP CEE for AFT

Karen Sikorski, Enforcement Branch Supervisory Import Specialist for the CBP CEE for AFT

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM - West Coast Ports Update

Ken Uriu, Marketing Manager for Trade for the Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach

12:00 PM to 12:30 PM - Lunch Sponsored by the Port of Long Beach

12:30 PM to 1:15 PM - Keynote: Acting Assistant Commissioner Richard DiNucci of U.S. Customs & Border Protection

1:15 PM to 1:30 PM - Meet the Port Director

Ted Thomas, Port Director for Columbus with U.S. Customs & Border Protection

1:30 PM to 2:00 PM - FTZ & First Sale Benchmarking 

Amie Ahanchian, Managing Director in KPMG’s Trade & Customs Practice

2:00 PM to 2:45 PM - Conflict Minerals: What Companies Need to Know Now

Dynda Thomas, Partner at Squire Sanders Cleveland Office 

2:45 PM to 3:00 PM - Catching Up with the Cotton Board

Elizabeth King, Vice President of Importer Relations for the Cotton Board

3:00 PM - Wrap Up


This event will be eligible for 6 CCS credits via the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA).

April 29th, 2014 8:30 AM   through   3:00 PM
L Brands
3 Limited Parkway
Columbus, OH 43230
Phone: 202-419-0444
USFIA Member Company Employee $ 100.00
Non-Member $ 300.00
Non-Member (Not Attending Conference) $ 200.00
Non-Member $ 300.00
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