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November 17th: AIAG Customs Town Hall Tackles Tough Topics — Registration Open Now

One of AIAG’s most popular annual supply chain events, the 2015 Customs Town Hall is a convergence of importers, exporters, brokers, and customs service providers who meet to discuss programs that impact customs clearance.

The 2015 Customs Town Hall is scheduled for November 17, 2015 at the Laurel Manor Banquet and Conference Center in Livonia, Michigan, from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.

“The Customs Town Hall is an opportunity for AIAG members and other industry stakeholders to hear directly from U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Detroit, Canadian Customs, and other experts on new and ongoing programs that affect their customs activities and costs associated with them,” says Lang Ware, AIAG’s director of supply chain products & services.

The event also offers unique sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities for service providers looking for a leadership role at this year’s Customs Town Hall.

Speaker highlights include:

  • Tinesha Cherry, assistant director, trade operations, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, will provide the latest information on the Automotive and Aerospace Center of Excellence and Expertise (CEE). Attendees learn how many accounts are in the CEE and get an update on the staffing. She will also provide a status update on all of the CEEs across the nation.
  • Stephen Hilsen, lead executive, Single Window Initiative, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, will provide details on the updated mandatory transition to ACE, including critical information on cargo release, entry summary, Partner Government Agency data, as well as information on export manifest and AESDirect filings in ACE.
  • Birgit Matthiesen, director, Canada-U.S. Cross Border Business Affairs, Arent Fox LLP, will address the challenges ahead in NAFTA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the North American automotive industry. The session will include a preview on what the final agreement will look like and what will change for AIAG member companies.

Additional presentations include CBSA: Trusted Trade Programs Overview, a Mexico Operational Update, C-TPAT for Exports, Preparation for ACE from the Trade Perspective, an Export Sanctions Update, and a Panel Discussion on Security. The day ends with a reception and networking opportunities.

Look for speaker interviews previewing the new content at this year’s Customs Town Hall in the next edition of this e-newsletter.