Fresh Produce Association of The Americas
Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

SPRING POLICY SUMMIT 2017

Feb. 28 - March 1
Tubac Golf Resort and SPA

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Spring Policy Summit 2017

 

Building Ease and Strength in the Path to Compliance and Industry Growth

A two-day summit at the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa with the most qualified speakers covering crucial topics such as Food Safety, Border Infrastructure & Seeking New Efficiencies in Customs.


For companies doing business between the U.S., Mexico, & Canada the summit will answer the following questions:


With the U.S., Canada and Mexico at various stages of implementing food safety laws, how can authorities make a framework for incorporating features from all three laws into a mutually recognized North American standard?

 
The U.S. and Mexico have both said they would like to change some elements of NAFTA. What is this likely to entail? How do the U.S. and Mexico maintain the momentum that has marked the trading relationship?
 

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Tuesday, Feb. 28

11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Spring Policy Summit registration desk opens

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. US-Mexico Produce Food Safety Working Group
(By invitation only)- Sponsored by Agrofoodsafety.com

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tours of 2 Nogales/Rio Rico warehouses:
Santa Cruz Cold Storage, Inc. and Kaliroy Fresh, LLC.

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Welcoming reception


Wednesday, March 1

8:00 a.m. Registration desk opens

8:00 a.m. Regulatory Leadership Breakfast (by invitation only)

9:30 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks - Lance Jungmeyer

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Harmonizing Food Safety Laws in North America -
Harmonizing Food Safety Laws in North America - With the U.S., Canada and Mexico at various stages of implementing food safety laws, how can authorities make a framework for incorporating features from all three laws into a mutually recognized North American standard? Speakers include Edmundo Garcia, Director of the Latin American office for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Silvia Rojas, Director of Food Safety for SENASICA in the Mexican Department of Agriculture; and Tammy Switucha, Director of Domestic Food Safety Systems, expert in the Safe Food for Canadians Act and Regulations.

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Tabletop Food Safety Exercise: Get yourself FSVP-ready:
Continuing the success of previous Tabletop Sessions, this year we are using this interactive session to guide you through the steps necessary to get your company (and your partners) ready to comply with the Foreign Supplier Verification Program part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Moderated by Domenic Veneziano, former Director of Import Operations for FDA and now President of Veneziano Consulting.

12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. Break

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Luncheon session: The New Trade Dynamic - Analyzing the U.S.-Mexico Relationship - The U.S. and Mexico have both said they would like to change some elements of NAFTA. What is this likely to entail? How do the U.S. and Mexico maintain the momentum that has marked the trading relationship? Invited speakers include: Erik Lee, Executive Director of the North American Research Partnership; Steven Zahniser, Agricultural Economist, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; and, Marcos Garay, Executive Director of the Arizona Mexico Commission.

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 pm Putting Customs Innovations to Work -
Spotlight on Nogales: Spotlight on Nogales: The Unified Cargo Inspection Program in Nogales is greatly boosting throughput and saving companies millions of dollars in logistics costs. Meanwhile, the FPAA and the Greater Nogales and Santa Cruz County Port Authority are adding a Cold Storage Inspection Area at the port to encourage imports of temperature-sensitive items like avocados, berries and more. Invited speakers include: Will Brooks, Director of Field Operations of the Tucson District for U.S. Customs & Border Protection and Guillermo Valencia, Chairman of the Greater Nogales and Santa Cruz County Port Authority, and Lic. Gerardo Saurez Hasbach, Titular de la Administracion Central de Operacion Aduanera; and, Scott Komar, Group Vice President of Supply Chain for Driscoll's.

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. The Future of Trusted Trader Programs -
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is giving a facelift to the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), a program that will underpin many federal trusted trader programs including the FDA's forthcoming Voluntary Qualified Importer Program. How can companies maximize efficiencies in their supply chain by engaging in trusted trader programs? What role does load-monitoring technology play? Invited speakers include officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Doug Stearn, Acting Director of the Office of Import Operations for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

2:30 p.m. -3:15 p.m. Infrastructure Stimulus -
The Trump Administration is proposing an aggressive infrastructure plan. What projects or proposals would strengthen the fresh produce industry in Nogales? Invited speakers include: John Halikowski, Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation; and Juan Guerra, City Engineer, Nogales. Moderated by Scott Vandervoet of Vandervoet and Associates and FPAA Chairman-elect.

3:30 p.m. Conclusion

 

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