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2019 Legislative Update & 2020 Trade Policy Outlook – Cheers to a New Year!
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When: Friday, December 6, 2019
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: The Wilds Golf Club
3151 Wilds Ridge Ct
Prior Lake, Minnesota  55372
United States
Contact: Bonnie Eldridge

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8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Program
10:00 a.m. Break
12:00 p.m. Adjourn

Program Description

You won’t want to miss Marianne Rowden’s view from inside the Beltway and rousing recap of 2019, including status of new trade agreements, WCO, WTO, US-China trade deal, tariffs and production/supply chain shifts. Kathleen Murphy and Nic Guzman will speak to 2020 – Another Chance to Get it Right in the New Year! They will delve into Section 301 Tariffs – Current state of affairs, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) to the rescue?, Free Trade Agreement Developments (USMCA, U.S.-Japan), and Trade Counsel’s Most Disturbing Nightmares (M&A, the Wheel of Misfortune, Avoid Russian Roulette approach to responding to CBP Inquiries). See you there!

Who Should Attend

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

Learning Objectives

  1. Overview of key events in Trade in 2019
  2. Opportunity to quiz trade experts with your burning questions
  3. Opportunity to network and commiserate with other businesses


Marianne Rowden — Partner, American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI)

Marianne RowdenMarianne 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. She has also made Stakeholder Presentations to the negotiators for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), and represents AAEI as a member of the World Customs Organization’s Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG) and the Global Shippers Alliance. Ms. Rowden has served for three terms as Co-Chair of the WCO’s Work Group on E-commerce which has produced a Framework of Standards.

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, particularly the future of e-commerce at the World Trade Organization, World Customs Organization, UNCTAD, Tunisia E-Commerce High-Level Conference, 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.

Nic Guzman

More information coming soon!

Registration Fee

Members — $75
Non-members — $100
Students — $15


Contact Bonnie Eldridge or Konnie Gurung

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