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Monday, 12 November

Welcome Reception
6 p.m.
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Tuesday, 13 November

Networking Breakfast & Welcome Remarks
8 a.m.

Lourdes Leon, President, Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc.,

Lenny Feldman, Chairman, FCBF Conference of the Americas

Barbara Pimentel, Executive Vice President, Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc.

Plenary 1:
Intermodal Innovation – Connecting Ports, Rail & Highway Through the Last Mile
8:30 a.m.

As ports and terminals evolve through automation so too are the truck and rail systems essential to transport cargo to ultimate destination. Intermodal executives discuss the critical advances to increase efficiencies from the point of cargo arrival through delivery.

Plenary 2:
Reciprocal Trade & Facilitation –Trading Partners Embracing or Eluding Technology?
10:15 a.m.

The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and the renegotiation of trade agreements provide opportunities for more reciprocal global trade. However, divergent levels of technology still exist amongst trading partners. How are trade accords encouraging increased automation in areas including document filing, data dissemination and cargo release; what changes can traders expect in the future?

Exhibitors Hall Open
11 a.m.
Executive Networking
11:45 a.m.
Executive Networking & Coffee Break
1:15 p.m.
Breakout 1A:
Cybersecurity – Insuring Your Losses Before Big Brother Takes Aim
2 p.m.

As IT systems increasingly are tricked into deviating from secure procedures, companies need to consider cybersecurity and how to protect against such dangers. Experts discuss issues including physical access to hardware, protecting against harmful networks, data and code injection as well as malpractice by operators, whether intentional or accidental.

Breakout 1B:
Cold Chain Innovation – Low Temps & High Stakes for Pharma & Perishables
2 p.m.

More healthcare and food products than ever are temperature-sensitive, needing careful protection. Industry leaders address innovations in packaging, transportation and delivery that are revolutionizing trade, increasing efficiencies and lowering costs throughout the chain.

Breakout 2A:
Cargo Admissibility – Aligning Automation and Policy to Meet Commercial Realities
3 p.m.

Numerous government agencies touching trade increasingly are interfacing with filers by new single window systems. How have these agencies adjusted their policies consistent with new data requirements for cargo release? What can filers and traders do to ensure proper data flow in this changing environment?

Breakout 2B:
Freight Optimization – Booking, Tracking & Redirecting Cargo All with One Click
3 p.m.

Logistics is only as successful as the information generated throughout the transportation process. From comparing routes and rates, gathering shipping information, collecting and generating necessary documentation, sharing data, tracking routes and scheduling delivery, this expert panel discusses how to maximize the latest innovations.

Executive Networking & Coffee Break
4 p.m.
Breakout 3A:
Revenue Modernization – From Cash to Credit to Bitcoin
4:30 p.m.

Numerous customs administrations continue to find ways to consolidate, automate, and streamline fragmented and manual revenue collections processes. Experts discuss what agencies are, and should be, doing to automate the revenue process allowing officers to spend less time collecting payments and more time on operations, to include customer interfacing and enforcement.

Breakout 3B:
Warehouse & Fulfillment in a High Tech World – How is E-Commerce Changing the Equation?
4:30 p.m.

Due to the growth of internet purchases and shipments of small parcels containing freight of all kinds, warehouses and fulfillment operations are facing new challenges as well as opportunities to receive, store and deliver cargo. How can such facilities best adapt to the new commercial model and what systems can assure a seamless transition?

Networking - Exhibitor Hall Floor
5:30 p.m.
Conference Dinner
6:30 p.m.
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Wednesday, 14 November

Networking Breakfast & Welcome Remarks
8 a.m.

Lourdes Leon, President, Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc.,

Lenny Feldman, Chairman, FCBF Conference of the Americas

Barbara Pimentel, Executive Vice President, Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc

Plenary 3:
Handling Cargo in a Virtual World – Incorporating Technology to Enhance Brokerage & Forwarding Operations
8:30 a.m.

Customs brokers and forwarders throughout the Americas discuss how they leverage automation to best serve their customer’s needs and ensure compliance with Government import and export requirements. Topics include data collection and validation, filing and interface with government agencies, payment of duties and fees as well as recordkeeping.

Plenary 4:
Customs Executives of the Americas – Maximizing Technology, Automation & Innovation to Increase Compliance
10:15 a.m.

Customs Commissioners and Director Generals (or their designate) from the Americas compare their experiences in creating and executing policies and strategies to modernize their administrations and enhance their relationship with the trading community. The Customs chief executives will share top facilitation and enforcement priorities

Exhibitors Hall Opens
11 a.m.
Executive Networking
11:45 a.m.
LUNCH 2:
From Automation to Transformation – CBP’s Life After ACE
noon

CBP’s Commissioner (or designate) shares priorities now that core ACE is implemented and transformation efforts prevail. CBP’s initiatives to approach topics such as anti-dumping/countervailing duties, trade agreements, forced labor, intellectual property and drawback in an innovative manner highlight the discussion.

Executive Networking & Coffee Break
1:30 p.m.
Breakout 4A:
Export Determinations, Licensing & Tracking – Leveraging Automation in the Public and Private Sector
2 p.m.

In recent years Government export control agencies have enhanced the licensing process through technological enhancements. As a result, exporters have embraced improvements to streamline their internal controls. How can companies ensure they are taking advantage of these developments while not forsaking fundamental compliance requirements?

Breakout 4B:
Antidumping & Countervailing Duties – How Enforcement is Driving Innovation & Compliance
2 p.m.

As trade remedy enforcement is peaking so are Government efforts to enhance transparency regarding trade remedy investigations, orders, scope and the like. Panelists discuss the tools available on-line and through internal systems to comply with ADD/CVD matters and avoid unintentional evasion.

Breakout 5A:
Export Screening – Finding the Right Solution that Fits Your Company’s Needs
3 p.m.

Avoiding transactions with thousands of denied parties and entities across the world continues to pose compliance challenges to exporters and forwarders alike. What solutions provide the assurances your company needs to avoid illegal transactions, but at a cost within your budget?

Breakout 5B:
Sustaining Import Compliance – Visibility through Automation
3 p.m.

With unprecedented access to data and information, importers and brokers can streamline processes, maximize resources and reduce costs related to compliance. Panelists discuss how companies can enhance coordination among multiple individuals across different regions and organizations by heightened analytics and deep learning among other techniques.

Executive Networking & Coffee Break
4 p.m.
Closing Remarks
4:30 p.m.

Lourdes Leon, President, Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc.,

Lenny Feldman, Chairman, FCBF Conference of the Americas

Barbara Pimentel, Executive Vice President, Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc.