International Trade Day 2019

Nov 13, 2019 08:15AM - Nov 13, 2019 01:00PM
Buffalo, NY


International Trade Day 2019


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Please join us for International Trade Day in Buffalo, NY.

Get your border questions answered and hear updates on upcoming border improvements!

Border Briefing/Workshops/Networking with 50+ Can-Am Border Officials

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – 8:15 am to 1:00 pm

Harbor Center Marriott Hotel - 95 Washington Street Buffalo NY

FREE Event Hosted by US Customs & Border Protection with support from Consulate General of Canada


8:15 am – 9:00 am       Continental breakfast  


9:00 am – 10:00 am     Introduction & Border Briefing: USA & Canadian Perspectives 


Welcome: Phyllis Yaffe, Consulate General of Canada in New York

Robert Bekalarski, (A) Assistant Director Trade, Buffalo Field Office, U.S. Customs & Border Protection

[CBSA official, name not yet confirmed]

Moderator: Kenneth A. Manning, Partner, Phillips Lytle LLP & Vice Chair, Buffalo & Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority


 10:15 am – 1:00 pm – Please Attend Your Choice of Concurrent Workshops

During the breaks, Border Officials will be at tables to answer specific questions


10:15 am – 11:00 am             Concurrent Workshops Track 1


Workshop A:   Importing Goods 101 - Best Practices for Moving Cargo Ballroom

Workshop B:   Business Immigration 101 – Best Practices for Crossing the Border

Cyril Joseph, Program Manager, Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) & Rich Misztal, Program Manager, US Customs & Border Protection Larkin Room

Workshop C:   US Food & Drug Administration – Overview/Updates for 2019 Olmsted Room


11:15 am – 12:00 pm             Workshops Track 2


Workshop D:   USDA - New import regulations on organic products - Jon Veley, Director of Trade Systems, & David Glasgow, Associate Deputy Administrator, National Organic Program Larkin Room

Workshop E:   ACE Updates (Reports & Truck redesign) Trade Transformation Office Olmsted room


12:15 pm – 1:00 pm              Workshops Track 3


Workshop F:   CBP Agriculture K-9 presentation Ballroom

Workshop G:   Up and Coming (New type 86 entry (321) & In-bonds) – James Swanson, Director, Cargo Security and Control Larkin Room

Workshop H:   Reimbursable Services Program – Overview – Jorge Salazar Olmsted room


U.S. Customs and Border Protection Personnel

Cargo Inspection Officers

National Import Specialists                                        

Agriculture Specialists

CBP Trusted Traveler Program                                            

Homeland Security Investigations     

National Account Managers                          

ABI - Automated Border Interface Client Representatives

CTPAT - Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, Supply Chain Specialists

ACE – Automated Commercial Environment Trade Transformation Office

Centers of Excellence and Expertise – Auto / Agriculture / Apparel / Base Metals/ Consumer Products/ Electronics / Industrial & Manufacturing Materials / Machinery / Petroleum / Pharmaceuticals

Regulatory Audit and Agency Advisory Services

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) / Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Canadian Trade Commissioner Service

Other US Government Agencies

U.S. Food and Drug Administration                           

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Small Business Administration                          

U.S. Department of Commerce – International Trade Administration

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission


Rachael E. Homewood

Senior Advisor

Consulate General of Canada

640 Ellicott Street, #406, Buffalo, New York 14203

(716) 566-2321

About the Organizer

Consulate General of Canada