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  • 04 May 2018 by LACBFFA



                                           For immediate release                    Contact: Andrea Messina

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    Global Port Organizations to Host World Trade Week Event on May 15

    This 92nd annual event features an interactive discussion with federal officials

    LONG BEACH – Continuing a tradition first started in Southern California in 1972, the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association and the Foreign Trade Association will host a program featuring Michael Dougherty, Assistant Secretary, Border, Immigration and Trade Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This event celebrates the enduring ways in which global trade contributes to the nation’s economy and expands opportunities for businesses worldwide.

    The May 15 event begins with an 8:30 am workshop at the Grand Events Center in Long Beach. In addition to Mr. Dougherty, the event includes speakers from the three other federal agencies: the Consumer Products Safety Commission, the Food & Drug Administration, and the Department of Agriculture. Speakers will provide updates on trade programs, targeting and enforcement efforts, and similar programs. Attendees can expect to hear about new hot topics on trade and compliance, while enjoying opportunities to network with others interested in global trade.

    “Come join us on May 15th to celebrate all aspects of International Trade.  We will have an informative workshop with speaker from several federal agencies, exhibits and a luncheon with keynote speaker Michael Dougherty, Assistant Secretary, Border, Immigration and Trade Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  We look forward to seeing you on May 15th.”

    Karen Quintana – President, LACBFFA


    World Trade week actively promotes the positive aspects of international trade.  The tradition started in 1926 and by 1935 President Franklin Roosevelt officially proclaimed WTW a National observance by the U.S. Government.

    “We are thrilled to be celebrating the 92nd year of World Trade Week. This tremendous nonprofit endeavor is further supported by local companies and government agencies that all offer sponsorship and support for the many programs and informational materials the World Trade Week Committee creates each year.”

    Glenn Patton- President, Foreign Trade Association


    World Trade Week began conceptually in 1926. Locally, it initially focused on promoting the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, After World War II, the focus expanded to include all organizations in Southern California involved in world trade. We invite readers to learn more about this event; sponsorship opportunities are still available. 


    About the hosts

    The Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association is the premier international trade organization in Southern California, representing common business interests of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders.

    The Foreign Trade Association is the oldest organization promoting the growth of international trade in California and seeks to promote, foster, and encourage international commerce and economic growth in California and worldwide.

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