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2018 Legislative Update and 2019 Trade Policy Outlook
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When: Friday, December 7, 2018
7:30am - 12:00 pm
Where: HB Fuller
1200 Willow Lake Boulevard
Vadnais Heights, Minnesota  55164
United States
Contact: Bonnie

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Program Description

Not to be missed! MGTA will once again host its annual U.S. Trade Year in Review with keynote speaker, Marianne Rowden, President and CEO of AAEI (American Association of Exporters and Importers). In addition, Kathi Murphy of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP will provide an update on Sections 232 and 301 tariffs and on potential new bilateral agreements.

Marianne will discuss:

  • Recap of trade in 2018
  • Trade legislation that was implemented - MTB, GSP
  • Trade Policy side of USMCA
  • WCO
  • China 301
  • eCommerce framework of standards
  • Brexit
  • Avenues for local advocacy

Kathi will discuss:

  • Import tariffs on steel and aluminum products and on Chinese products.
  • Challenges confronting proposed trade agreements and negotiations with U.S. trade partners.
  • Understanding how tariff initiatives and future trade agreements will affect your business.
  • Options available to companies to prevent breaks in the supply chain and disruption to future growth.
  • A look ahead to likely developments in trade and tariff policies in 2019 and beyond.

Who Should Attend

  • Trade Compliance professionals
  • Legal
  • Purchasing
  • C-suite executives
  • Logistics

Learning Objectives

  1. Reflection on legislation that occurred in 2018 and what’s on the horizon for 2019.
  2. Avenues for local advocacy
  3. Opportunity to quiz those in the know


7:30 Registration
8:00 Program
12:00 Adjourn


Marianne Rowden

President and CEO, American Association of Exporters and Importers

Marianne Rowden

Marianne Rowden is President and CEO of AAEI following years of service as the Association's General Counsel. Ms. Rowden has testified before Congress on trade legislation because of her extensive background from practicing law over 20 years concentrating in international trade and transportation regulatory compliance. Ms. Rowden creates trade policy solutions based on her experience advising importers and exporters on a wide range of trade compliance issues relating to the entire global supply chain, sourcing goods, transportation contracts, trade security, compliance audits and penalties, export licenses, embargoes and mergers and acquisitions involving foreign corporations.

Ms. Rowden serves as an Adjunct Professor at The John Marshall School of Law and speaks widely to U.S. and international audiences on trade issues, representing AAEI on the World Customs Organization’s Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Japan Machinery Center for Trade and Investment, ieCanada, EFA European Forum for External Trade, Excise and Customs, the Council of Supply Chain Management, the Transportation Law Association, and the Transportation Law Institute.

Kathleen Murphy

Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Kathleen M. MurphyKathleen M. Murphy counsels clients on maximizing trade benefits, making informed global procurement decisions and developing domestic and international trade compliance programs. She represents clients in audits, validations and investigations conducted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and guides clients through CBP’s Trusted Trader Programs—the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism and the Importer Self-Assessment Program.

Kathleen conducts internal trade compliance reviews and training sessions, and helps clients develop audit processes and internal controls for risk management and mitigation purposes. She also advises companies on corrective measures and risk avoidance strategies, including prior disclosures and reconciliation filings. She has considerable experience with customs valuation law, including transfer pricing reviews. She has represented numerous U.S. entities in the Section 232 and Section 301 investigations before the Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative, respectively. Kathleen is ranked internationally in Chambers Global and nationally in Chambers USA, where her clients describe her as having a “highly sophisticated” customs practice and a “really strong grasp” of valuation laws and regulations. She received Lexicology’s Client Choice Award for International Trade in 2016.

Kathleen is a frequent speaker on supply chain management, trade regulatory compliance, and trade developments promulgated by the World Trade Organization, the World Customs Organization, and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development.


Member: $50
Non-Member: $75
Student: $10

Cancellation Policy: With written cancellation notice, received at least 1 week prior to the event, you will receive a full refund, minus a $10 administrative fee. No-shows will not receive refunds.

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