Details on 2019 Western Regional Conference and Border Tour

August 23, 2019

AAEI has updated the details on the 2019 AAEI and FTA Western Regional Conference, which will be held in San Diego, CA, September 25-26, 2019 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

New details include:

  • Panelists and Panel Topics
  • Border Tour Details
  • AAEI Special Member Registration Rate
  • Discounted Hotel Room Rate

An updated flyer with these details also is available.

On Wednesday, September 25th, AAEI and the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) will host a special behind-the-scenes tour of the U.S.-Mexico border at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.

This special opportunity is limited to the first 50 registrants and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) security approval.

Participants will get an overview of Exports, Imports, and have a special briefing by CBP and Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT), of the Mexican Federal Government. SAT is responsible for collecting taxes, as well as enforcing fiscal and customs law.

Departure Time: 8:00 AM PST
Tour Time: 9:00 – 11:30 AM PST
Departing From: Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

On Thursday, September 26th, a full day of timely panel discussions is planned. Available details include:

  • Blockchain: Utopia, Big Brother or BS?
    Chris Floersch, American Honda
    Todd Smith, Ernst & Young
  • Container Visibility: Portals, Data-Sharing, and Systems Integration
    Allen Thomas, Advent Intermodal
    Brian Hill, GE Transportation
  • Drawback: Is It Working?
    Anne Hilsabeck, AMH Customs Consultants
  • CTPAT New Minimum Security Criteria and Forced Labor in the Supply Chain: Understanding the Government Role and What Companies Can Do
    Manny Garza, Director, Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT), OFO, CBP
    Johanna Estes, Director, Forced Labor Division (TRLED), OT, CBP
  • The U.S. Mexico Border: Why Is It So Difficult to Get My Shipment Across?

AAEI members are eligible for the member registration discount for the conference, either for one day for for the full conference. The member rate is $225 for the full conference; $150 for one day.

To register for the 2019 AAEI and FTA Western Regional Conference, please click here.

A group rate discount also is available for a limited number of rooms at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. 

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

For hotel lodging, make a reservation by calling 888-544-2523 and referencing the “Foreign Trade Association” meeting. Discounted rooms are $199 and overnight parking is $36.

The cutoff for making a reservation for the group block is September 5, 2019. Any bookings made after that date will not receive the group discount.