AFI Association of Food Industries

AFI Serving the U.S. Food Import Sector

Thursday, November 9

Galloping Hill Golf Course, Kenilworth, N.J.


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Each year, the AFI Town Meeting brings together all facets of the U.S. food import trade. Food importers gather for a full-day event to hear the latest issues affecting their business and to interact with those who know the industry best.

Educational speaker sessions are planned throughout the day and the breakfast, luncheon and cocktail reception offer great networking opportunities. The event is directed toward anyone in the food import trade. Importers, those providing a professional service or product to the industry and those supplying food products from overseas will all benefit from attending.


The Impact of the Updated Organic Regulations on Imported Food

Jonathan Veley
Director, Trade Activities
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service

Kristin Tensuan
Deputy Director of Trade 
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service

Beginning March 19, imports of all organic foods will only be admitted if an organic import certificate is on file. The updated regulation is creating confusion among importers, organic certification agencies and the entire trade. Get the details directly from USDA in a presentation focused on imported foods.

Global Supply Chain: Understanding and Managing the New Norm

Tom Cook
Blue Tiger International

As companies enter a post-Covid world, there’s a new set of challenges supply chain executives face in managing suppliers, freight forwarders, customhouse brokers, carriers and government agencies. This discussion frames the new challenges and more importantly offers potential invaluable solutions, from a 30 year+ seasoned international supply chain consultant experience and practice.

Tools to Secure Your Shipment’s FDA Release

Best practices when hit with an FDA Notice of Action.

Paul Jeka
Vice President
All-Ways Forwarding

Lesser-Known FDA-Related Initiatives

Update on FDA’s Closer to Zero program and what it means for imported foods.

State bans of certain food additives.

Mason Weeda
Managing Principal

Benjamin England


CTPAT: CBP's Voluntary Program with 11,000+ Participants

Michael J. Smith
Supervisor JFK NY CTPAT Field Office
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism is one layer in CBP’s multi-layered cargo enforcement strategy. CTPAT is a voluntary public-private sector partnership program which recognizes that CBP can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the principal stakeholders of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers and manufacturers. Get the latest on the program direct from CBP.

The Scoop on Trade Credit Insurance

Steven Wright
Vice President of Sales

Trade Credit Insurance covers credit sales in the international trade market. Get an introduction to this protection that many include in their toolbox.

Thank You Sponsors!

Association of Food Industries: Serving the U.S. Food Import Trade Since 1906
3301 Route 66, Ste. 205, Bldg. C • Neptune, NJ 07753
(732) 922-3008 • Fax: (732) 922-3590 • •