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From USA-ITA OFF THE CUFF for October 25, 2013

Whatever stage of your career, we’ve got an event coming up for you. In November, learn about the latest in global trade and customs policy that will affect your company’s operations—and get the inside scoop on hot topics like the U.S.-EU trade negotiations and hiring and keeping trade compliance professionals. In December, get back to basics with a half-day seminar on trade policy and compliance—a must-attend event whether you need a refresher or whether you’re just starting out in your career. 

Obtaining, Qualifying, and Hiring Talent…and Keeping Them!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 @ 12:30-3:00 PM (Lunch Included)

Squire Sanders, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10112

Register: http://www.usaita.com/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/event/info&Itemid=141&reset=1&id=54

It can be difficult to find and hire talented professionals in our industry…but it doesn’t need to be impossible! On Tuesday, November 5th, the day before our annual conference, get inside tips on how to obtain, qualify, and hire top talent, and most importantly, how to keep them in your organization after you’ve invested in them. 

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? 

We also invite you to join us from 3:30-5:30 PM for a workshop on the U.S.-EU free trade agreement negotiations. Both events are free for registered attendees for the 25th Annual Textile & Apparel Importer Trade & Transportation Conference on November 6th, but you must register separately.

The U.S.-EU Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: An Overview

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 @ 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM 

Squire Sanders, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10112

Register: http://www.usaita.com/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/event/info&Itemid=141&reset=1&id=56

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?

Please join USA-ITA Washington Counsel David Spooner, the former U.S. textile and apparel trade negotiator in the George W. Bush Administration, and Robert MacLean, a trade practitioner from Squire Sanders’ Brussels office with decades of experience before the European Commission, for a unique U.S.-EU perspective on the negotiations, the sensitivities, and the likelihood of success.

We also invite you to join us from 12:30-3:00 PM for a workshop on hiring and keeping trade compliance talent. Both events are free for registered attendees for the 25th Annual Textile & Apparel Importer Trade & Transportation Conference on November 6th, but you must register separately.

25th Annual Textile & Apparel Importer Trade & Transportation Conference

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 @ 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses Street, New York, NY

Register: http://www.regonline.com/tnt2013

The annual ​conference ​will ​feature ​discussions ​with ​Administration ​officials ​and ​industry ​experts ​on ​customs, ​supply ​chain ​logistics, ​transportation, ​sourcing ​and ​other ​key ​issues ​affecting ​the ​fashion ​industry. ​The ​conference ​will ​also ​feature ​exhibits ​of ​companies ​and ​organizations ​across ​the ​supply ​chain. ​ 

We're excited to hear from U.S. Customs & Border Protection, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the International Labour Organization, apparel and retail executives, and sourcing and compliance experts from across the supply chain.

The conference sessions include:

  • Discussions on the Obama Administration's trade policy agenda and predictions for trade policy featuring the U.S. Department of Commerce's Kim Glas and trade policy experts from Washington and the European Union, as well as two former U.S. textile negotiators.
  • An examination of how U.S. Customs & Border Protection is partnering with the trade to achieve facilitation and enforcement featuring a representative from the Center of Excellence & Expertise from our industry and the brand and retail executives who work with her.
  • An update on the global cotton market and how it affects apparel brands and retailers.
  • Keynote addresses by the ILO's Nancy Donaldson, U.S. Customs & Border Protection's Dora Murphy, and the Journal of Commerce's Peter Leach.
  • And much more! 

Click here to download the conference agenda.

Back to Basics for Importers: Trade Policy & Classification 101

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 @ 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Squire Sanders, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10112

Register: http://www.usaita.com/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/event/info&Itemid=141&reset=1&id=59

To kick off our 25th anniversary year, USA-ITA is getting back to basics with a half-day seminar on trade policy and classification. Whether you’re in the early stages of your career, or whether you want a refresher before the new year begins, join us to get the latest on trade policy and classification.

Trade Policy 101

Join USA-ITA Washington Counsel David Spooner with Squire Sanders for a 60-minute overview on trade policy. He will cover topics including:

  • What are the key trade policy issues? Learn about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA), how the government shutdown impacted trade policy, and what we can expect in 2014 and beyond.
  • What are the key initiatives on Capitol Hill
  • Who are the key players in the trade policy arena?
  • What are USA-ITA’s trade policy priorities for the next year?
  • How can U.S. apparel brands, retailers, importers, and service providers get more involved in our advocacy activities?

This interactive discussion will provide you with knowledge about trade policy advocacy activities in Washington and around the world as well as the tools to get involved on behalf of your company and the broader industry.

Classification 101

Following the trade policy session, join Diane Weinberg, Partner at Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury, for a two-hour seminar on classification.

Importers are required to exercise reasonable care in classifying merchandise under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”). This entry-level seminar on tariff classification focuses on the basics of tariff classification of wearing apparel and home furnishings.  Although the seminar is aimed at importers and brokers who are not familiar with the HTSUS, experienced users will also benefit from the review. 

The seminar will review the structure of the HTSUS and analyze the tools used to classify merchandise such as the General Rules of Interpretation, legal notes and Explanatory Notes. Specific attention will be paid to determining the chief weight of a textile product and the product's essential character.  The seminar will use “real life” examples, and companies are encouraged to submit samples for use during the seminar.

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