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Friday, September 11, 2020


11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


NCBFAA Annual Meeting

(Open to all NCBFAA Regular Members)


Proposed By-Laws changes may be found here.


1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting
(Open to all NCBFAA Regular Members)


Monday, September 14, 2020


10:45 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.



Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks



  • Jan Fields, NCBFAA President; John S. James Co.
  • Dave Corn, NCBFAA GAC Committee Chair; Comstock & Theakston, Inc.


11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.


FMC Update

Precis: Chairman Khouri will discuss the efforts of the Commission to address important for the shipping industry, including demurrage and detention, COVID, changes to the various carrier consortia and other agreements that affect capacity, and significant changes within the Commission.




Moderator: Edward Greenberg, NCBFAA General Counsel; GKG Law, P.C.

11:55 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.


What’s Up In The Airfreight World?


Precis: The term “up in the air” means there is a plan or issue still to be settled. Come here first hand from TSA what’s up in the airfreight world. We will hear what’s up in IACO 2021 for all screening on all cargo; the TSA Roadmap progress; and other important issues flying around that directly effects the air cargo world.



  • John Beckius, Executive Director, Air Cargo Division - Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Tom Friedman, Industry Engagement Manager, Surface Air Cargo, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, Transportation Security Administration (TSA)


Moderator: Donna Mullins, NCBFAA Airfreight Subcommittee Chair; Mullins International Solutions

12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


CBP Update


Speaker: CBP Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez


Introduced by: Jan Fields, NCBFAA President; John S. James Co.


1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.


Avalon Risk Management Virtual Social Hour



Tuesday, September 15, 2020


11:00 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.

Congressional Trade Perspective


Precis: Legislative update from Congressional representatives on the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees.



  • Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Sub-Committee on Trade


Moderator: Gabe Pellathy, Principal, Whitmer & Worrall

12:05 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Legislative Committee Update & What to Expect from Hill "Visits"


Precis: This session will discuss the issues surrounding H.R. 2261 and what can be done to push it across the finish line as well as what can be expected with virtual meetings.



  • Dave Corn, NCBFAA GAC Committee Chair; Comstock & Theakston, Inc.
  • Martin Whitmer, NCBFAA Legislative Representative; Partner, Whitmer & Worrall


Moderator: Laurie Arnold, NCBFAA Legislative Committee Chair; JAS Forwarding USA Inc.



Wednesday, September 16, 2020


11:00 a.m. to 11:35 a.m.



Risk Management Rock and Roll


Precis: Learn how customs brokers rock and reduce risk to add tremendous value to the importer relationship. Your surety partner can also improve your luck in multiple ways! During this interactive session, we’ll discuss value-added services you can provide, how you can minimize risk in the import transaction, increase profits and protect your bottom line.


Speaker: Lisa Gelsomino, President, Avalon Risk Management, Inc.

11:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.


Featured Speaker - DOT


Speaker: Joel Szabat, Acting Under Secretary Transportation for Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation

12:15 p.m. to 12:35 p.m.


Drawback Update

Precis: With a time of economic uncertainty, drawback might be a great option for you or your customers to pursue. Come join us for a brief conversation about the latest trends in drawback.



  • Anne-Marie Bush, President, A. M. Bush Inc. dba Veritrade International
  • Dave Corn, NCBFAA GAC Committee Chair; Comstock & Theakston, Inc.


Moderator: Michael Cerny, NCBFAA Drawback Committee Chair; Charter Brokerage LLC

12:40 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.


Prepare to Thrive and not just Survive! Strategies for Sustainable Business and Revenue Growth


Precis: During times of financial stress, effective risk management strategies are more important than ever.  The impact of uninsured claims & losses becomes more acute and can threaten the uninsured’s ability to continue operations.   Learn about the insurance products which are most vital to protect your business during this exceptional time and discuss strategies  for leveraging risk management resources to emerge from this COVID/WFH experience in a stronger position than when we entered.



  • Grant Goldsmith, Vice President, Business Development, Roanoke Insurance Group Inc.
  • Jason Odgers, Vice President, Business Development, Roanoke Insurance Group Inc.


Moderator: Karen Groff, President, Roanoke Insurance Group Inc.


1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Roanoke Virtual Network and Hospitality Hour



Thursday, September 17, 2020


11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.



Export Compliance Update


Precis: There continue to be regulatory changes that impact freight forwarder responsibilities and practices.  Please join our government experts from BIS and Census to hear the latest updates. Will we see any fundamental changes to AES processing once the export manifest is implemented?  What are our responsibilities with regard to the new firearms reporting requirements? What about compliance with and EEI reporting under the new BIS MEU Rule? Take advantage of this great opportunity to gain clarity, understand our responsibilities, and address possible forwarder challenges.



  • Keisha Downs, Chief, Trade Regulations Branch, Economic Management Division, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Tim Mooney, Senior Export Policy Analyst, U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
  • Omari Wooden, Assistant Division Chief for Trade Regulations and Outreach, U.S. Census Bureau


Moderator: Joseph Brogan, Compliance Manager, UPS Supply Chain Solutions

11:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.


Featured Speaker- APHIS


Precis: APHIS-Core electronic filing in ACE is challenging. With the mandatory ACE filing deadline fast approaching, the APHIS ACE Team will report on the agency's efforts to get ready and offer suggestions to the trade on how to get started.


Speaker: Dr. Nicole Russo, Director, Quarantine Policy, Analysis, and Support, APHIS

12:10 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


New Broker Regulations – Preparing Now for the Changing Landscape

Precis: Now that the brokerage industry has seen and commented on the proposed part 111 regulations how should your company start preparing to ensure a seamless transition to the new requirements.  We will discuss the part 111 rewrite including the proposed changes to national permits and responsible supervision and control, importer vetting, continuing education and other related initiatives.



  • Lenny Feldman, NCBFAA Customs Counsel; Attorney, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A
  • Shari McCann, Branch Chief, Commercial Operations, Revenue and Entry (CORE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)


Moderator: Mary Jo Muoio, NCBFAA Customs Committee Chair; GEODIS-USA



Friday, September 18, 2020


11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.



eCommerce and Section 321


Precis: eCommerce is shaping the future of trade.  It’s official, Entry Type 86 has exceeded Entry Type 01.  What does all this mean for brokers and forwarders?  What types of change is eCommerce bringing about for all the parties to the transaction, and how is CBP keeping up with the sheer volume of these changes?  Our panel will explore the different aspects of eCommerce and its impact on our industry.



  • Suzie Hoeger, Senior Director, Global Trade Compliance & Policy, Abbott Laboratories
  • Mark Shacklette, NCBFAA Customs Committee; UPS Supply Chain Solutions
  • Amy Slavko, NCBFAA Board of Directors; D.J. Whelan & Co., Inc.


Moderator: Amy Magnus, NCBFAA Board of Directors Chair; A.N. Deringer, Inc.

11:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.


Featured Speaker- FDA


Precis: Whether it's PPE or hand sanitizer imports, FDA is at the center of rapidly changing rules and procedures at the ports. John Verbeten, the Director of Import Operations at FDA, will provide an update on the latest developments and valuable insight into the agency's approach. 


Speaker: Ted Poplawski, Division of Import Operations, FDA

12:10 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


USMCA Informed/Enforced Compliance

Precis: This panel will discuss USMCA implementation, and what to expect moving forward. 




Moderator: Gabe Pellathy, Principal, Whitmer & Worrall

1:05 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.


Closing Remarks




  • Jan Fields, NCBFAA President; John S. James Co.
  • Dave Corn, NCBFAA GAC Committee Chair; Comstock & Theakston, Inc.

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