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Annual State of International Trade & Customs Symposium & Luncheon

February 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm UTC+0

$65 – $140

Join WITOC for it’s annual State of International Trade & Customs Outlook for importers, exporters and other trade stakeholders. Come hear from high-level government officials representing USCBP, USCPSC, DHS/HSI, USDA, and FDA give us a recap of 2017 top headlines on trade facilitation and enforcement and a look ahead on regulatory trends and initatives that will shape the landscape of global commerce in 2018. Other industry experts will share their insights into hot topics setting the stage for another year of trade transformation in a world of bridging relations with government agencies and trade stakeholders. With a wide range of speakers from relevant backgrounds, you will not want to miss this opportunity to interact and connect with government and industry members.


Discussion Topics to Include


Year-end Review and 2018 Forecast from Respective Government Agencies

Leadership Changes and New Appointments at Local and National Ports of Entry

Import/Export Trade Challenges, Priority Enforcement Issues and Trends to Watch for 2018

Update on USCBP Centers of Excellence, Forced Labor Reviews

TFTEA Mandates for USCBP and Other Respective Government Agencies

How COAC is Shaping the Future for Trade Stakeholders

Program Moderator


Anne Hilsabeck, President and Founder

AMH Customs Consultants, Newport Beach


Government Speakers


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP)

Elva Muneton, Assistant Director, Trade, Los Angeles Field Office

Bernice Conley, Assistant Port Director – Trade, Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport


U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (USCPSC)

Hank Tapy, Director Western Region, Import Surveillance


U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

Dawn Barriteau, Deputy Special Agent in Charge – Los Angeles


U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Daniel Solis, Acting Program Division Director – Division of West Coast Imports

Office of Enforcement and Import Operations


U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Nicholas Porzio, Supervisor, Smuggling Interdiction,

Trade Compliance Office, Los Angeles & Central California


Private Sector Speakers


Vincent Iacopella, Executive Vice President, Alba Wheels Up Int’l Inc., Inglewood

Representing the Commercial Customs Operations

Advisory Committee (COAC)




Avenue of the Arts Hotel

3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Registration Fees


Symposium & Luncheon

Members: $125, Non-member: $140

Registration, Networking & Continental Breakfast: 8:30 a.m.


Luncheon Only

Members: $65, Non-member: $80

Registration & Networking: 11:30 a.m.


Registration after January 26, 2018 add $10

No Cancellations or Refunds after January 29, 2018



February 1, 2018
9:00 am - 1:30 pm UTC+0
$65 – $140
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