Look What’s Planned for Your 2012 Government Affairs Conference

      Those Regular members joining us for the Government Affairs Conference are invited to attend the Customs, Transportation and Board of Directors meetings on Sunday. This is an excellent opportunity for you to see, up close and personal, how the NCBFAA conducts the business of the membership. From 6-7 p.m. there will also be a NCBFAA PAC- sponsored Board Reception for all GAC attendees.

      However, for Conference attendees Sunday is just a prelude to Monday’s information packed day with seven timely sessions and lunch with the CBP Commissioner. Naturally, since we are in Washington, DC to lobby our representatives, the first session is fittingly titled, Trade and Customs View from the Hill. Find out first hand what issues are hot from Hill staffers who are in the know. That will be followed by IRP Enforcement and the Broker where you will learn why this is fast becoming a critical area of broker concern. And what NCBFAA GAC would be complete without an FMC Forwarding Session providing our forwarder members with insights into current political developments in the export side of the business.

Just before lunch, the Changes at the FDA will present an overview of legislative and regulatory developments that will have direct impacts on your business dealings.

       During lunch we will hear from Acting CBP Commissioner David V. Aguilar on what initiatives and undertakings by his agency will have wide reaching impacts on members’ commercial activities. Also during lunch, the NCBFAA will offer Special Recognition and Remarks honoring long time colleague and NCBFAA advocate, Richard Preuss, U.S. Census Bureau, on the occasion of his retirement from active government service.

        After lunch, attendees will be briefed during their Preparation for Hill Visits and Discussion of the Issues for Congressional Meetings session. The key to success is to effectively present the issues so that the target of the message not only understands it but will want to actively pursue it on behalf of the industry. During this session you will find out how to accomplish this. The last session and probably the timeliest one is the Role of the Broker. With the increasing demands brought on by supply chain security, brokers are seeing their role being redefined in ways that could be potentially rewarding but that may create new liabilities unless the process is closely monitored. For the details, check out this session.

        Tuesday starts out with a Keynote Breakfast during which the Honorable Peter Roskam (R-IL) will set the stage for the rest of the day. Congressman Roskam is the fourth-ranking Republican leader in the House and is a member of the House Ways and Means Trade subcommittee, where he is concerned with much of what the industry values. You will want to hear his take on current events. Following a full day lobbying on the Hill, everyone will gather for a debriefing of the many meetings that took place before adjourning to the Rayburn House Office Building for the Congressional Reception that traditionally concludes this important event in the NCBFAA’S calendar.

        Log on to ncbfaa.org today to register for the Conference and the link to the hotel. If you have not made your hotel reservation,  please do so this week. Rooms in DC are always scarce and this year our Conference is earlier in the month when some will still be taking late summer vacations. The hotel is a great venue, two blocks from Capitol Hill. Remember to also send in your conference reservation to NCBFAA and look for those travel bargains on the Internet.