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U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s 2016 East Coast Trade Symposium, which will focus on the theme “Trade’s Impact on American Health, Safety, and Economic Prosperity,” will be held Dec. 1-2 in Arlington, Va. Registration to attend will open Oct. 6 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

According to CBP, this year’s symposium will include sessions on the following topics.

- customs leaders’ perspective on economic integration among the U.S., Mexico, and Canada

- the complexities of the supply chain and how companies can continue to strengthen the compliance and integrity of international trade

- challenges for trade enforcement and facilitation over the next five years and how institutions are positioning themselves in response

- how U.S. trade partners are positioning themselves to react to an ever-shifting trade environment

- aligning single windows among the U.S., Mexico, and Canada to streamline processes and requirements to the greatest extent possible

- how customs brokers view the future of North American trade and the areas they are focusing on for the next five years

- coordinated border management among North American government agencies

- interactive discussions with the Centers of Excellence and Expertise on CBP trade priorities such as enforcement, strategic trade processing, industry collaboration, efficiencies gained, and account-based principles

- forced labor, e-allegations regarding antidumping and countervailing duty evasion, and other trade enforcement issues

- the facilitation, flow, and future of e-commerce

- modernizing the export process to create a more streamlined supply chain and the future of post-departure filing

- the Automated Commercial Environment

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