Customs Education & Solutions Seminar in Chicago 

AAEI is proud to have offered this exciting, interactive, practical, and cost-effective session on customs compliance. This seminar on March 17, 2017, was specifically tailored to provide attendees with useful tools, guidance and advice to meet the evolving challenges of customs compliance based on the experience of some of the world’s leading companies. Attendees took advantage of this opportunity to join us all day in Chicago to learn, benchmark with peers, and network with your peers and other customs operations and compliance experts as we discussed:

  • Strategies for an effective, scalable, modern customs compliance program.
  • Outsourcing and insourcing trends.
  • Going digital – Leveraging the latest automation and technology for effective compliance.
  • Customs enforcement trends.
  • Individualized discussions in AAEI’s signature roundtable session where speakers and attendees can have conversations about their own issues.

This event was co-hosted by Drinker Biddle.

Experts from major importers, law firms and service providers included:

3M General Electric
Abbott Google
Amazon Home Depot
Boeing Integration Point
Cargill Mayer Brown
Caterpillar Miller & Chevalier
Clark Hill Page Fura
Coca-Cola Polsinelli
Deloitte Robert Bosch LLC
Drinker Biddle & Reath Sandler Travis Trade Advisory Services
Facebook WW Grainger


Our Agenda for the Day

8:00 a.m. Breakfast  
8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Welcome from AAEI and Opening remarks from the conference co-chairs Phyliss Wigginton, Mitsui, Chair AAEI◊
Kathleen Murphy, Co-chair + co-sponsor†
Aaron Gothelf, Co-chair
8:50 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The Modern Customs Compliance Program

  • A look at why a customs compliance program is more critical now than in the past
  • Approaching an effective compliance program at the right scale
  • What an effective compliance program looks like today
  • Effective interaction with service providers
  • Latest enforcement trends from Customs when looking at a compliance program
Kevin Williams, ClarkHill, Moderator†
Beata Spuhler, 3M†
Teresa Walker, Cargill†
Maureen Leber, Takeda Pharm.†
Harvey Karlovac, Ixia
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Coffee & networking break  
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. To Outsource or Not to Outsource

  • What and how much can third parties really do for my business?
  • Benefits and burdens of outsourcing activities like classification, free trade agreement qualification, and others
  • Going digital – automating the global trade process
Julie L. Hoeniges, Caterpillar, Moderator†
Lisa Bowling, GE†
Anu Gavini, STTAS†
Alma Arabelovic, Bosch†
Karen Lobdell, IntegrationPoint†
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Networking Lunch Bryan Tackett, Government Relations Director, DrinkerBiddle 
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Going Global – Managing Customs Compliance for the World

  • What does it take to implement a global customs compliance program?
  • Adopting a scalable program that meets the needs of your company’s operations
Sydney Mintzer, Mayer Brown, Moderator†
Kevin Sullivan, Coca-Cola†
Susie Hoeger, Abbott†
Michelle Welsh, Google†
Carolyn Burkhead, Boeing†
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. CBP Update

  • Enforcement trends
  • IP protection from CBP
Doug Heffner, Drinker Biddle, Moderator
TBD Speaker from CBP
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Coffee & networking break  
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Practitioners & Specialists – what’s keeping them (and you) up at night?!

  • Trek Leather – practitioner liability
  • Audit trends
  • ADD/CVD/331 investigations
  • Customs push toward export enforcement
  • Other issues on our minds!
Richard Mojica, Miller & Chevalier    Moderator†
Melissa Miller Proctor, Polsinelli†
Michelle McGuire, Deloitte†
Jeremy Page, Page Fura†
Joel Rogers, Home Depot†
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. AAEI Signature Roundtable Discussions
Speakers from the day will be available at various tables in the room. Participants will have small group or one-on-one discussions with the speakers and other participants on the topics from the day and other areas of interest. Bring your questions!
5:30 p.m. Reception

†=confirmed
◊=invited