Thriving Within a Restructuring Automotive Industry.
Southfield, MI (Vocus) September 26, 2009
Automotive supply-chain security issues and international trade regulations will be the focus of this year's 10th annual Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) Customs Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the General Motors Heritage Center in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
Sponsored by General Motors, the Journal of Commerce, Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services and TradeMerit Corporation, the full-day conference brings together government and industry leaders to share information on a wide range of customs and border-security related issues.
Speakers will include officials from the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA), U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Updates on U.S. and Canadian border and security issues will be presented by Gregory McCann, assistant director of Trade Operations in the CBP's Detroit office, and Tamara Allard, chief of Windsor Commercial Operations for the CBSA. Annual trade between the U.S. and Canada through Windsor and Port Huron is estimated to total more than $200 billion.
Michael Robinet, vice president of CSM Worldwide, will give a luncheon presentation on "Thriving Within a Restructuring Automotive Industry." Other Customs Town Hall speakers will include:
- Global Customs Update
o Kevin Smith, vice president, Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services
- Balancing Security and Trade Facilitation in the 21st Century
o Eric Stewart, strategic advisor, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, International Division
- Mandatory Automated Export System Filing
o Omari Wooden, trade ombudsman - foreign trade division, U.S. Census Bureau
- OEM Ocean Advance Data and MOSS Case Study
o James Phillips, senior customs manager, General Motors Co.
o Mike Comerford, customs EDI consultant, Global Commerce Systems, Inc.
- U.S. Customs Broker Update
o Joseph Trulik, FedEx Trade Networks
Attendees who are certified customs specialists can earn continuing education credits from the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America.
Additional information about the conference and other AIAG events is available on the Internet at http://www.aiag.org.
AIAG is a unique not-for-profit organization where for more than 25 years, OEMs, suppliers, service providers, government and academia have worked collaboratively to drive cost and complexity from the supply chain via global standards development and harmonized business practices. AIAG membership has grown to include preeminent OEMs such as Caterpillar, Chrysler Group LLC, Daimler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Honda, Navistar International, Nissan, Toyota and many of their part suppliers and service providers. For more information, please visit the organization's Web site at http://www.aiag.org