CBP Postpones Trade Symposium Indefinitely
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Oct. 15 that it has postponed the East Coast Trade Symposium, which had been scheduled for Oct. 24-25 in Washington, D.C. CBP said the “protracted lapse in appropriations” has prevented it from adequately preparing for this event but that it will be held at a later date, which will be announced as soon as possible. Registrants who have completed and paid for their symposium registration will receive refunds of their registration fees once the government shutdown is over.
It is unclear whether House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Devin Nunes and World Customs Organization Deputy Secretary Genera Sergio Mujica will still be able to attend the symposium as keynote speakers once it is rescheduled. Other features of the event, including a discussion with North American customs leaders, a town hall meeting with senior CBP officials, and general and breakout sessions on the Automated Commercial Environment, export control reform, agriculture, the Air Cargo Advance Screening pilot, the Centers of Excellence and Expertise, trusted trader programs, and partnership in trade enforcement, are likely to still take place.