Customs and Border Protection is moving to larger quarters for the 2009 edition of its annual trade symposium. The annual Washington, D.C., event will be at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Online registration will begin Oct. 1 for the symposium that begins the afternoon of Dec. 8 and runs through the morning of Dec. 10. The registration fee is $290.
Kimberly Marsho, director of trade relations, said that Customs needed a facility that could accommodate a large meeting with room for breakout sessions.
“Recall that we did breakout sessions for the first time last year. These were wildly popular with the trade community so we will have them again,” Marsho said.
The convention center site will also allow a larger audience. Spaces at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Building and a local hotel limited attendance at previous symposiums to about 800. Marsho said she expected about a 10 percent increase this year.
Customs will publish an agenda later, but topics are expected to include Importer Security Filing (10+2), the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).
This is the 10th symposium that Customs has hosted. Its theme will be “10-Year Anniversary: A Decade of Progress in Partnership.”
More information may be found in Monday’s Federal Register at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-22678.htm.
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