ICC & USCIB Customs and Trade Facilitation Symposium: Finding Solutions to Cross-Border Challenges


February 22-24, 2015

The Four Seasons Hotel | Miami, Florida, USA


Limiting cross-border friction is increasingly vital to smooth the flow of trade and boost competitive­ness for all business, especially for small and medium sized businesses and emerging industry sectors. This conference brings business, govern­ment, international organizations and operational customs and trade experts together from the world over for an important dialogue on the most effec­tive means to ease the movement of goods and services between countries along supply chains.

Topics Will Include:
  • Best regional practices and global cooperation on
    • single window initiatives
    • de minimis
    • intellectual property rights, and
    • supply chain solutions
  • Balancing security and trade facilitation
  • WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: implementation and challenges
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Full List of Confirmed Speakers:
  • Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO)
  • Yi Xiaozhun, Deputy Director General of the WTO
  • Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Harold McGraw, Chairman, McGraw Hill Financial [now S&P Global]; Chairman, ICC; Chairman, USCIB
  • John Danilovich, Secretary General, ICC
  • Mark Linscott, Assistant United States Trade Representative for WTO and Multilateral Affairs
  • Peter Robinson, President and CEO, USCIB
  • Brenda Brockman Smith, Assistant Commissioner, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • Lev Kubiak, Assistant Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations, International Operations, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Virginia Brown, Director, Office of Trade and Regulatory Reform, USAID
  • Evdokia Moïsé, Senior Trade Policy Analyst,Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD
  • James Bacchus, Chair, Global Practice Group, Greenberg Traurig; Chair, ICC Commission on Trade and Investment Policy
  • Judy Lao, Head of Trade Facilitation Programs, Office of Western Hemisphere, Pathways to Prosperity Program, U.S. Department of Commerce; International Trade Administration Market Access and Compliance
  • Luis Eduardo Lara Gutierrez, General Administrator for Foreign Trade Audit, Mexican Tax Administration
  • Dan Duncan, Senior Director, International Affairs, McGraw Hill Financial
  • Gilbert Lee Sandler, Founding Member, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg P.A.
  • Maritza Castro, Vice President, Head of Customs and Regulatory Affairs, Americas Region, DHL Express USA
  • Oliver Peltzer, Vice Chair, ICC Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation; Partner, Debelstein & Passehl
  • Frank Reynolds, President, International Projects
  • Rafael Farromeque, Senior Specialist, Head of the Logistics Practice for Latin America, Vice Presidency of Infrastructure, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)
  • Antoni Estevadeordal, Manager, Integration and Trade Sector, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Eugene Laney, Head of International Trade, DHL
  • Norm Schenk, Vice President, Global Customs Policy & Public Affairs, UPS; Chairman, ICC Customs and Trade Facilitation Commission
  • Ruth Snowden, Executive Director, CIFFA, International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations
  • Jerry Cook, Vice President, Government and  Trade Relations, Hanesbrands; Chair, USCIB Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee
  • Leroy J. Sheffer, Partner, International Trade Advisory Services
  • Cindy Duncan, Senior Vice President, Trade Services, USCIB
  • Simon Schofield, Vice President – European Tax and Corporate Audit, Samsung Electronics
  • Michael Heldebrand, Principal, EY Global Trade, Ernst & Young LLP
  • William Bullard OBE, Corporate Relations Director, DIAGEO WestLAC
  • Sarah Thorn, Senior Director, International Trade, Wal-Mart
  • Denise Coutinho, Senior Manager, Global Trade Strategy, Global Tax and Customs, Cisco
  • Darcy Price, Director, Value Chain Applications, Oracle
Registration Information:
  • You can register online by following this link, or by filling out a registration form.
  • Registration costs are:
    • $550 for USCIB Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee and ICC Customs and Trade Facilitation Commission Members
      • Contact Diana Jack for the Committee and Commission discount code.
    • $600 for all other USCIB and ICC Members
      • Contact Diana Jack for the USCIB and ICC member discount code.
    • $675 early-bird special for non-members – ends January 16
    • $750 regular price for non-members
  • For more information:
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  • NCBFAA NEINow eligible for National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Educational Institute (NEI) Credit!
  • Earn 11.5 CCS or CES credits.
  • You must bring your CCS/CES ID number in order to attend.
Sponsorship Information:
  • For information on how you can become a sponsor:
Sponsored by:
With Support From:
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
Enterprise Florida
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
The Journal of Commerce
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Staff Contact:   Christopher Olsen

Policy & Program Assistant
Tel: 202.617.3156

As members of USCIB’s Policy Team, Policy and Program Assistants work to support the mission of the organization on an array of issues ranging from Growth, Jobs and Open Market; Competitiveness and Innovation; Sustainable Development; and Business and Society.

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