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Sunday, 03 December

Welcome Reception
6 p.m.
Welcome Reception
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Monday, 04 December

Networking Breakfast & Welcome Remarks
8 a.m.
Networking Breakfast & Welcome Remarks
Plenary 1:
The Fiduciary Role of the Broker and Forwarder – A Transcontinental Perspective
8:30 a.m.
The broker’s or forwarder’s responsibility in a transaction widely varies from one jurisdiction to the next. Licensed by the government but hired by the importer/exporter, inherent conflicts persist that often put intermediaries in a precarious position. Leaders from broker and forwarder associations examine these challenges and provide insights particularly in light of recent government initiatives and policies.
Plenary 2:
E-Commerce & De-Minimis Exemptions – Small Packages Creating Big Dilemmas
10:15 a.m.
Now that the U.S. and other administrations are increasing entry and duty administrative exemptions it has become increasingly critical to consider how to effectively manage e-commerce transactions. What policy and operational changes are needed to ensure that customs administrations and their partner government agencies have the data needed for admissibility determinations but that they do not hinder the growth of e-commerce? How can the business community adequately address the challenges e-commerce now poses for intermediaries and traders alike and is a global solution feasible?
Exhibitors Hall Open
11 a.m.
Exhibitors Hall Open
Executive Networking
11:45 a.m.
Executive Networking
Executive Networking & Coffee Break
1:15 p.m.
Executive Networking & Coffee Break
Breakout 1A
Product Admissibility Barriers & Standards – Are any Breakthroughs on the Horizon?
2 p.m.
Around the world non-tariff trade barriers always have been one of the most significant challenges to entering and clearing goods. Experts will discuss the agencies that pose the greatest prohibitions and restrictions, how to effectively address them and what types of improvements may be expected in the future.
Breakout 1B
Destination Control: Recognizing the Risk Before It’s Too Late
2 p.m.
As new administrations reexamine their foreign policy, intermediaries cannot underestimate the importance of conducting the necessary due diligence to ensure that cargo ends up in the intended destination and not one that could invoke export control violations. This international panel will examine how businesses can effectively manage these issues in their jurisdictions and around the world.
Breakout 2A
Paperless Entry – Dream or Reality?
3 p.m.
Although the saying “automate or perish” is decades old, the level of automation still varies considerably from one customs administration to another. Is the single window concept still mainly aspirational among trading partners or are meaningful strides already leading to more efficient and cost effective transactions?
Breakout 2B
Bribery & Corruption – Contrasting US, European and Latin American Standards
3 p.m.
Both cultural and legal standards clearly can led to contradictory business practices around the globe particularly when engaging in transactions dealing with governmental or quasi-governmental officials. Prepare for a candid discussion as to how bribery and corruption is handled and viewed differently around the world and the ways your company can operate legitimately without sacrificing efficiencies
Executive Networking & Coffee Break
4 p.m.
Executive Networking & Coffee Break
Breakout 3A
Inbonds & Transit – Transparency through Automation
4:30 p.m.
While some regions have taken great strides to automate the inbond and transit process, others still lack the legal reform and infrastructure investment for a comparable level of efficiency. What can trade partners learn from the advances being made in the transit process and how can intermediaries and traders maximize compliance especially in countries lacking such modernization?
Breakout 3B
Commodity Licensing – Exporter or Forwarder in the Hot Seat?
4:30 p.m.
When it comes to controlled commodities the line often can become blurred as to the roles and responsibilities between the parties. International public and private sector practitioners compare and contrast how compliant companies can best manage licensing issues through effective communication.
Speaker/Sponsor Reception - Private Event by Invitation Only
5:30 p.m.
Speaker/Sponsor Reception - Private Event by Invitation Only
Networking - Exhibitor Hall Floor
5:30 p.m.
Networking - Exhibitor Hall Floor
Conference Dinner
6:30 p.m.
Conference Dinner
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Tuesday, 05 December

Networking Breakfast
8 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
Plenary 3
EU-Americas Transshipment – U.S. at the Crossroads or Just Getting in the Way
8:30 a.m.
Port executives from the Americas and Europe discuss the benefits and well as impediments to transiting intercontinental cargo through the U.S. as well as the other foreign ports that are increasingly becoming more attractive for such cargo movements. New initiatives involving perishables, pharma and break bulk will all be considered.
Plenary 4
The Renegotiation and Rethinking of Our Trade Deals – Is Facilitation in Jeopardy?
10:15 a.m.
The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement promises to dismantle trade barriers throughout the Americas and EU. However, protectionist-minded administrations are rethinking and renegotiating the very trade agreements that prompted facilitation years ago. What impact can intermediaries and traders expect in the long and short term? What can be done proactively to avoid supply chain and business disruptions and surprises resulting from these policy shifts?
Exhibitors Hall Opens
11 a.m.
Exhibitors Hall Opens
Executive Networking
11:45 a.m.
Executive Networking
Executive Networking & Coffee Break
1:30 p.m.
Executive Networking & Coffee Break
Breakout 4A
IATA – Why It’s Got Global Appeal
2 p.m.
In a world where the requirements and standards for air transport can vary considerably from one country to the next, IATA provides much needed uniformity in ways that many intermediaries may not be aware. Learn how direct and indirect air carrier executives through IATA and other complementary initiatives are ensuring that international air shipments and safe, secure and profitable and how to take full advantage of these opportunities.
Breakout 4B
Maritime Transport – Old Challenges, New Opportunities
2 p.m.
Consolidation of liners, expanded shipping lanes, and modernized ports all are positively impacting the maritime shipping industry, yet issues such as congestion, container availability, demurrage and fluctuating prices still hamper business. In this session, executives from shipping lines and ports provide their unique perspective of what is happening now and what lies ahead.
Breakout 5A
Insurance & Risk Assessment – Hedging Your Bets Globally
3 p.m.
Although the type of insurance coverage available for transportation and cargo intermediaries may vary from one region to another, one thing is for certain – conducting a risk review of your operations can minimize exposure and claims. Join international experts from the insurance industry who will share best business practices that can really pay off in the long run to keep premiums and deductibles down
Breakout 5B
Global Alliances – Building Your Network
3 p.m.
An end to end transaction is only as good as the intermediaries managing each side of the shipment. In this session representatives from the various cargo and shipping alliances will explain how they can provide you with a network of logistics agents and partners to ensure seamless transactions across the globe.
Executive Networking & Coffee Break
4 p.m.
Executive Networking & Coffee Break
Closing Remarks
4:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks