Tuesday, April 10

5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

welcome reception

Liberty Tavern

Wednesday, April 11

All sessions will take place in the Earhart meeting room. 

7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.



8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

Welcome, Introductions, and Organizational Matters

  • Kris Bledowski, council director, MAPI

8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.    

Compliance Issues of Concern to Exporters and Importers in 2018

During this session, Kevin will discuss pending changes to regulations, international treaties/negotiations, and various compliance topics which can have a direct impact on your global supply chain.

9:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m.    


9:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m.    

What’s New in Human Trafficking and Conflict Minerals

We have seen numerous laws that have been passed, proposed, or threatened to be amended concerning human trafficking and conflict minerals in the last few years which affect U.S. importers and their supply chains. During this session, the panelists will highlight provisions of the Trade Facilitation & Enforcement Act of 2016, the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, the proposed Trafficking Victims Protection Act currently pending in the Senate, and other global human trafficking regulations. The panelists will also provide an update on conflict minerals legislation, notably the Conflict Minerals Regulation, slated to enter force in 2021 and the possible roll-back of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act and the SECs conflict minerals rule.

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

An Updated NAFTA—What It Means to Manufacturers

NAFTA renegotiation is one of the biggest risks to the U.S. economy and has been at the forefront of the news. This presentation assesses the practical side of each round of renegotiation (as of April 2018). Phil will highlight the changes that are relevant to manufacturers, notably the rules of origin and dispute settlement. 

12:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m.    



1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m.    

Establishing an Internal Audit Program for Trade Compliance

Kathy will critically assess several reasons for establishing an in-house audit program and how to to facilitate responses to outside agency audits. Kathy's presentation will delineate the differences between in-house and external audits.

2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.    

Responding to Customs or Other Agency Audits

This dual presentation will highlight compliance from both a legal and logistics point of view. Carrie and Kristen will focus on establishing trade compliance policies and procedures considered best practices in their field. They will then address steps to respond to Customs or other agency audits and lessons they have learned along the way.

3:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m.    


3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.    

Open Roundtable Discussion

  • All forum participants

4:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m.    

Forum Wrap Up