2011 Government Affairs Conference Agenda
September 18-20, 2011
September 18, 2011

1:30 - 5 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting
(Open to all NCBFAA Regular Members)

3 - 5:30 p.m.Registration Desk Open

6 - 7 p.m. Board Reception 

September 19, 2011

6:30 - 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast on Your Own
(for all Attendees)

Hosted by the Political Action Committee

Lisa Gingerich, NCBFAA PAC Representative

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration Desk Open

7:45 - 8 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

Jeff Coppersmith, NCBFAA President
Mary Peglow, NCBFAA GAC ChairpersonSeptember on the Hill: What to Expect

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Précis: September is often the busiest time of year for Congress. This year should be no different. After lengthy consideration and negotiation of the debt ceiling, Congress will now tackle numerous fiscal, resource and trade issues as it moves towards the end of the year. This panel of private sector experts has an eye on key components of that agenda and will lend their savvy to your Hill visits.David Thomas, Director, Public Policy, Business Roundtable
Marianne Rowden, President and CEO, AAEI
Erin Ennis, Vice President, US-China Business Council

Jon Kent, NCBFAA Legislative Counsel

9:30 - 10 a.m. MC Commissioner Mario Cordero

Précis: Commissioner Cordero is the newest of the FMC's full complement of five commissioners. On a number of key issues, he is in a position to be the tie breaker on close votes. Hailing from Los Angeles and the maritime industry, he brings a special perspective to the Commision's deliberations. At this, his maiden speech before NCBFAA, you will get a chance to assess the direction that the agency may take. 

Speaker: FMC Commissioner Mario Cordero

Introduced By: Billy App, NCBFAA Transportation Chairman

10 - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break

10: 30 - 11 a.m.
The Impact of Free Trade Agreements

Précis: This session will discuss legislation submitted by the President to implement the Free Trade Agreements for Columbia, Panama and South Korea. Those bills are expected to be at the heart of trade activity in the Congress in September and October. Our speaker will focus on their value to stimulating the economy and importance to generating jobs in the US, as well as extending GSP and the Andean trade preference programs.

Speaker: Everett Eissenstat, Chief Minority Trade Counsel, Senate Finance Committee

Introduced by: Jeff Coppersmith, NCBFAA President

11 - 11:45 a.m. BIS Update on Export Control Policy

Précis: The mission of the Bureau of Industry and Security is to advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and the economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership. The Bureau is currently implementing a major Export Control Reform and reviewing all items on the CCL and USML with the intent of providing exporters with more flexibility and simpler controls. Mr. Borman is responsible for implementing these controls on the export of dual-use items for national security, foreign policy, nonproliferation, and short supply reasons and will discuss these initiatives with the NCBFAA.

Speaker: Matthew Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of CommerceIntroduced By: Geoff Powell, NCBFAA Treasurer Speaker: The Honorable Alan Bersin (Invited)
Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection


12 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch CBP Report from the Commissioner


Précis: Because both the trade process and supply chain security are equally critical to the success of his agency's mission, CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin is anxious to solidify the partnership between CBP and our industry. To that end, he has actively advocated for a greater role for the broker in monitoring transactions that affect supply chain security as well as invited input on ways to facilitate trade. Although his is an evolving vision that must adapt to new and unexpected challenges, we anticipate that the Commissioner will use this keynote opportunity to share his views on both his vision and its implementation. Introduced by: Jeff Coppersmith, NCBFAA President


1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Preparation for Hill Visits and Discussion of Issues for Congressional Meetings

Précis: Jon Kent and Mary Peglow will walk you through the NCBFAA position papers, which are designed as hand-outs for your Capitol Hill meetings. Also included will be some pointers on what Congressional members and their aides are thinking about this September and how they are likely to respond to your presentations. Getting this intelligence is essential to making your time on the Hill successful.

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Networking Break

Presenters: Mary Peglow, NCBFAA GAC Chair
Jon Kent, NCBFAA Legislative Counsel

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. FDA / ITDS / ACE - A Progress Report from the Perspective of CBP and FDA

Précis: In a year of rapidly diminishing resources, many brokers and forwarders are dependent on their regulatory agencies IT capabilities, personnel resources and ability to tailor programs to the needs of the industry. This program will be tour de force in bringing you up-to-date on matters essential to your operations.

Panel: Domenic Veneziano, Dir, Div. of Import Operations, FDA
Cindy Allen, Executive Director, ACE Business Office

Moderator: Roger Clarke, NCBFAA RAC Chairman

3:30 - 5 p.m. Role of the Broker

Précis: We all have some idea about what is the role of the customs broker, and while it has changed in the course of our careers from a largely manual business to one that is highly automated, it has fundamentally related to clearing imported merchandise through customs, getting it delivered to our customers, making decisions about and corrections to declarations, entry and summary, paying the duty, and dealing with other government agencies as they impinge on the import process. Now we are being challenged by developments in the supply chain and data management, change in agency focus, growth in the volume of trade, realignment of stakeholder interests, and consolidation within our sector, among other factors, to envision our role five, ten, twenty years from today. Where do we want to be, where do we need to be, and what changes in our role will be necessary to get there? Commissioner Bersin has given us his grand bargain, and we can use that as a springboard to our own vision, but unless we want others to tell us what our role is to be, we, the NCBFAA members must reinvent ourselves.

Panel: Maria Luisa O'Connell, CBP
Dan Meylor, NCBFAA Customs Committee Vice Chair
Mary Ann Comstock, NCBFAA Board Member 
Alan Klestadt, NCBFAA Customs Counsel

Moderator: Ken Bargteil, NCBFAA Customs Committee Chairman

3:30 - 5 p.m. How to Take Advantage of the NRA Program

Précis: During this session, the presenters will advise attendees on how to comply with the FMC's NRA technical requirements in a way that maximizes the benefits they enjoy from the tariff exemption.

Presenters: Rich Roche, Mohawk Global Logistics
Ed Greenberg, NCBFAA General Counsel

5:15 p.m. (Sharp!) GAC Attendee Portrait

6 p.m.  Dinner on your Own

September 20, 2011

8 - 9 a.m.
Keynote Breakfast

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Kevin Brady (R-TX)

In a year when there has been little movement on trade issues, September may provide the one time this year when trade legislation gets passed. Whether you are interested in free trade agreements, GSP or customs law revisions, Rep. Kevin Brady is at the center of it all. As Chair of the House Ways and Means Trade subcommittee, he has jurisdiction over so much of what the industry cares about.

Introduced by: Darrell Sekin, NCBFAA Secretary

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Congressional Appointments Debriefing
Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room

Mary Peglow, NCBFAA GAC Chairperson
Jon Kent, NCBFAA Legislative Counsel

6 - 8 p.m. Congressional Reception
Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Gold Room 2168

September 21, 2011

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Customs Committee Meeting with CBP
(Regular Members only)

Ken Bargteil, NCBFAA Customs Committee Chairman

(Schedule subject to change; current as of September 14, 2011) 


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