FORGING AHEAD: The State of the U.S. Food Import Industry Today and a Look at Where Things are Headed
The Only Convention for the U.S. Food Import Industry. Two-day educational event for U.S. food importers, their suppliers and those who offer products and services to food importers. Topics will include: Foreign Country Food Export Spotlights, Economic Trends, Ocean Freight, Bonded Warehouses, Networking, Exclusively for Overseas Suppliers: Tips of the Trade, and more! Scroll below for more information about speakers and activities.
Top-Notch Presenters Covering Today’s Top Issues & Trends
Although the pandemic is over, the effects of stimulus and inflation continue to ripple through the global economy. Join us for a consideration of the likelihood of a recession in the United States this year, whether lower inflation will allow the Federal Reserve to do something about it and what it all means for businesses and investors in 2023.
Scott Clemons, partner and chief investment strategist for Brown Brothers Harriman, is a sought-after writer and speaker on topics related to the economy, financial markets and investing. He’s a frequent contributor to print and broadcast media, appearing frequently in the pages of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on CNBC and Bloomberg TV.
Selina Mata of FDA will provide information on where things stand with FDA’s enforcement of the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs regulation and insight into the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program.
Selina Mata is the FDA Division of Import Operations FSMA Team Supervisor as well as a co-lead for FSVP and the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program implementation.
Join Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg PA’s Domenic Veneziano, former FDA director of import operations, and Deborah Stern, customs and trade attorney, for a lively and informed discussion on current FDA and CBP priorities in trade facilitation, advanced data targeting, supply chain tracing and how importers can be proactive to avoid costly enforcement actions. Key topics will include FSMA, FSVP, 21st Century Framework and Forced Labor.
Deborah Stern is a member in the Import and Export Practice Group of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the Miami office. She advises domestic and multinational clients on both U.S. and foreign customs compliance and other trade matters. She concentrates her practice in traditional customs areas, such as tariff classification, seizures and penalties, country of origin marking, valuation, trademark infringement, broker compliance, bonded warehouses, government procurement, trade preference programs and free trade agreements, as well as the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized System.
Domenic Veneziano provides advice on the importation of FDA-regulated commodities and the resolution of problems that may occur. He also evaluates medical device and food facilities to determine compliance with good manufacturing practice regulations and the Food Safety Modernization Act and he assists clients in correcting any deviations found during FDA inspections or third-party audits.
He served as director of the FDA’s Division of Import Operations for more than 10 years and was a frequent speaker at AFI events while in that role.
Bill Rooney of Kuehne + Nagel is recognized throughout the country as someone who can explain today’s transportation management issues and offer suggestions on how to avoid them. He’ll do that for AFI Convention attendees plus offer thoughts are where things are headed.
Bill Rooney has nearly 50 years of experience in transportation management, covering a broad range business functions. He’s currently vice president, strategic development for Kuehne + Nagel.
Beneficial cargo owners lost $10 billion in overbilled, overpaid and incorrectly rated ocean freight charges during 2021 and 2022. Now, CFOs and logistic leaders are using precision auditing to claw back six- and seven-figure refunds. The average importer can easily see a six-figure recovery validated in under 96 hours using a combination of public and easily accessible private data.
Steve Ferreira is the founder and CEO of Ocean Audit and an expert in ocean freight. He’s been working in the global shipping container industry for nearly 40 years and has been featured in leading business publications such as USA Today, Journal of Commerce and Forbes and on television with FreightWaves TV and CNBC, where he’s been spotted on Squawk Alley. Ferreira created his own TV network - “Ocean Freight TV”, which provides programming and entertainment related to all aspects of the ocean freight industry.
Tiffany Comprés serves as counsel, representing companies around the world as an advocate in international arbitration and litigation and serves as an arbitrator in international arbitrations. Her experience encompasses a range of disputes and she has extensive experience in the international agriculture, food & beverage, logistics, shipping, distribution, heavy machinery and energy sectors.
Thursday, April 20
1:30p.m.-3:30p.m. AFI Board of Directors Meeting, Mizu Meeting Room
4p.m. - 6p.m. Convention Registration & Importer Resource Gallery, Penthouse Foyer
6p.m. - 7p.m. Welcome Reception sponsored by Setton International Farms, Spa Terrace
Friday, April 21
8a.m. Breakfast Sponsored by Coughlin Insurance, Spa Terrace
8:50a.m. Welcoming Remarks
9a.m. The Morning After
9:55a.m. Country Snapshot: Poland, Aozora/Tsuki
10:05a.m. Shipping & Logistics Challenges, Solutions
11a.m. BreakSponsored by Orlando Food Sales, Aozora/Tsuki
11:15a.m. Country Snapshot: Portugal, Aozora/Tsuki
11:25a.m. The Latest News from FDA on FSVP & VQIP
12:20p.m. Nut & Agricultural Products Section Meeting, Aozora/Tsuki
1-3p.m. Chillin‘ at the Cabanas, Aquatica Pool
1:30p.m. Duct Tours South Beach, LLC
6p.m. Reception sponsored by FOA & Son, Spa Terrace
7-9:30p.m. Dinner sponsored by Federation Logistics and Schreiber Foods International, Spa Terrace
Saturday, April 22
8a.m. Spa GardenBreakfast
8:45a.m. General Membership Meeting, Aozora/Tsuki
9a.m. Preventing Disputes: Tips & Tricks to Preserve Your Bottom Line
9:50a.m. Country Snapshot: Saudi Arabia National Center for Palms & Dates, Aozora/Tsuki
10a.m. FDA‘s & CBP‘s Top Priorities and Their Impact on Imports
10:50a.m. Country Snapshot: Ivory Coast, Aozora/Tsuki
11a.m. Break sponsored by Ron-Son Foods
11:15a.m. Country Spotlight: Morocco, Aozora/Tsuki
11:30a.m. It‘s All About the Benjamins
12:20p.m. Processed Foods Section Meeting
2p.m.-4p.m. Aquatica Pool Chillin‘ at the Cabanas
6:30p.m. Optional Dinner at Stripsteak by Michael Mina
Miami Duck Tour
The Miami boat duck tour provides a journey though spectacular landmarks before a dramatic splashdown into our beautiful Biscayne Bay, for a close-up look at the many homes of the rich and famous on Star Island. Each tour guide has a background in acting and comedy, providing a highly entertaining experience passengers complete with jokes, music, etc. But don’t let all of that joking around fool you! Each guide also has extensive knowledge of the “Magic City.” Through your journey, you learn fascinating historical tidbits about Miami Beach, as well as insider information on our many celebrity residents. (Reservations required; additional fee of $55; self-transport to/from boat required; limited space)
Chillin’ at the Cabanas
After a morning of informative sessions, spend part of your afternoon in a relaxed setting in and around cabanas reserved exclusively for AFI Convention attendees. Enjoy a cocktail, snacks and the company of fellow attendees while soaking up a little sun.
After picking up your convention materials, mingle with experts serving the industry as well as reps from promotion agencies and suppliers from several foreign countries in a relaxed setting featuring drinks and snacks. Member-recommended suppliers and professionals will display and discuss key services and products for food importers. Service providers: For more information on reserving your table: Click Here
For those able to stay through Saturday evening, enjoy dinner (at 6:30 p.m.) with a group of fellow convention attendees at the highly acclaimed StripSteak by Michael Mina. (Reservations required; additional fee of $135 per person; self-transport to/from restaurant required; limited space.)