The Canadian national port agency, Ports Canada, and the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association are teaming up to offer a conference focusing on international trade in Canada and the United States.

The three-day conference will begin on Sept. 25 in Ottawa. It will feature such speakers as U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hills, Ezunial Burts, Los Angeles port director, and Stanford Erickson, general manager of The Journal of Commerce.Hassan J. Ansary, executive vice president of Ports Canada and president of the Canadian chapter of the cargo handling association, said the conference was organized because "new challenges and opportunities are emerging for both Canada and the United States following the implementation of the free trade accord."

There will be five panels focusing on issues confronting ports, importers and exporters. Carol B. Hallett, U.S. commissioner of customs, and Michael Sclar, vice president of world trade services for the consulting firm Temple, Barker & Sloane Inc., are among the speakers who will join Mr. Burts on the panel on the North American trade environment.

Frederick Smith, president and chief executive of Federal Express Corp., will sit on the panel on development of integrated trade, and Philip Loree, chairman of the Federation of American Controlled Shipping, will speak about the legislative and regulatory environment in North America.

Other speakers will include John Crosbie, Canadian federal minister of international trade; Lillian Liburdi, director of the port department of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and Jean Michel Tessier, president and chief executive of Canada Ports Corp.

Information on the conference at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa is available

from Ports Canada at (613) 957-6788.