Weathering the approaching storms for container drayage to and from the ports; PierPass re-design, port congestion, driver shortages… How can Customs Brokers and Forwarders help mitigate future chaos?

28 Mar 2018
12:00pm - 2:00pm PDT

Event Details

Near term challenges to the container drayage trucking industry that threaten the ability of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders to move containers from the ports.

  • Truck shortage
  • Pier Pass Alternatives and how each will affect our industry
    • Flat Fee with an Appointment System (FFAS)
    • Port-Wide Peel-Off Program
    • Why change the status quo?


Weston LaBar, CEO, Harbor Trucking Association and Founding Partner, PEAR Strategies

Cameron W. Roberts, Partner, Roberts & Kehagiaras, LLP

John Cushing, President & CEO, PierPass Inc.


Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.


Please register by filling out the online form below. If paying by check, once you have completed the online form, print a copy of your invoice and mail with your payment to:


320 Pine Avenue, Suite 1050

Long Beach, CA 90802

Questions? Contact the LACBFFA office at or call (714) 316-5270.

Cancellations must be received by March 21, 2018 to receive a refund or to avoid being billed.

Your payment for this event is not deductible as a contribution or gift under Federal Income Tax Laws, but is most likely deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense.

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$500 Gold Sponsor

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  • Verbal recognition at the event
  • Three tickets to the event
  • One table-top for display purposes
  • Logo on LACBFFA website
  • Link to sponsor’s website


$300 Silver Sponsor

  • Company name and/or logo included in news releases and advertising
  • Verbal recognition at the event
  • Two tickets to the event
  • One table-top for display purposes
  • Link to sponsor’s website


$200 Bronze Sponsor

  • Company name included in news releases and advertising
  • Verbal recognition at the event
  • One ticket to the event
  • One table-top for display purposes









Weston LaBar is the Chief Executive Officer of the Harbor Trucking Association and Founding Partner of PEAR Strategies, a Long Beach based strategic consulting firm. He has a decade of experience managing trade associations, as well as large advocacy and external affairs projects. Currently, his firm manages several trade associations and Weston serves as the CEO or Executive Director for each. He is active in local, state, and federal policy making on goods movement and international trade. As CEO of the HTA, Weston has lead countless initiatives with other stakeholders in the global supply-chain to increase port productivity. The HTA has been an industry leader in developing and adopting technology solutions that create efficiencies with partners such as GeoStamp, Voyage Control, E*Dray, Profit Tools and GE Transportation and have become the industry voice for the national drayage community.










Cameron Roberts is a partner at Roberts & Kehagiaras LLP in Long Beach, California. His practice areas include customs, export compliance, domestic and international transportation law, maritime law, trade and insurance issues. He is a member of numerous trade and legal associations. He is the President of the Foreign Trade Association, and serves on the Board of the Harbor Transportation Club. Mr. Roberts is an adjunct professor at California State University, Long Beach. He is a frequent presenter and author on topics related to his practice areas. He is a licensed customs broker and former transportation executive, with more than twenty-five years of experience in international trade. He earned his B.A. degree in political science and international relations from California State University, Long Beach, and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the Seattle University School of Law. Mr. Roberts has qualified as an expert witness in Federal court, is admitted to practice in California and Washington, the Court of International Trade and before Federal Maritime Commission.

John Cushing is the President & CEO of PierPass, Inc. Mr. Cushing, a veteran transportation industry executive and leader, joined PierPass Inc. in 2014 as its president and CEO, overseeing the OffPeak program. Mr. Cushing is also secretariat for the West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA), the Agreement filed with the Federal Maritime Commission for the 12 container terminal operators in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beac

Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
26 Mar 2018
Members Only
28 Mar 2018
Sale Opens 27 Mar 2018
General Admission 26 Mar 2018 $70.00
General Admission
28 Mar 2018
Sale Opens 27 Mar 2018
Gold Sponsor 28 Mar 2018 $500.00
Silver Sponsor 28 Mar 2018 $300.00
Bronze Sponsor 28 Mar 2018 $200.00

28 Mar 2018
12:00pm - 2:00pm PDT

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