The International Business Council (IBC) of Greater Rochester, N.Y., will present a trade event on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) next month. The event, titled "NAFTA in the 21st Century: Still Learning, Still Growing," will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Artisan Works, 565 Blossom Road, Rochester. A reception follows from 6 to 8 p.m.
IBC Executive Director Laurie DeRoller said the upcoming trade event will be of special interest to companies that currently conduct business in Canada or Mexico — or those companies looking to expand their business with our northern and southern neighbors.
"First implemented in 1994, NAFTA has become one of the most significant trade agreements for American business," DeRoller said. "NAFTA has assisted countless companies in growing their business, and many other U.S. companies — including those in the Rochester Region — have products that qualify under the agreement, but they just don't know it yet. We want to make sure they know about it."
The Oct. 10 trade event is sponsored by JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., and Mohawk Global Logistics. Topics include:
- An overview on NAFTA and recent changes in U.S. customs
- What products qualify under NAFTA
- Required documentation and how to fill it out properly
- Temporary exports/imports to NAFTA members
- Tools of the Trade requirements
- Insights from other local companies that do business in Canada and/or Mexico
Cost for the event and reception is $75. Cost for the reception only is $50. The reception will include an address by IBC leaders on the organization's direction and plans for the coming year.
The event agenda is as follows:
3:00 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks
Daniel Duffy, President of IBC
Laurie DeRoller, Executive Director of IBC
3:15 pm Overview of NAFTA:
Documentation and Logistics Issues
Robert Stein, Mohawk Global Logistics
4:15 pm Break
4:30 pm NAFTA Rules of Origin and the Tariff Shift
JoAnn Queen, International Trade Specialist,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC
5:15 pm Panel of Experts
American, Mexican, and Canadian Customs
officials and several local company
representatives give brief remarks and
6:00 pm Seminar Ends; Reception Begins
To register, please email Bridget Loyde, Bridget@RochesterBiz.com, or call 585-530-6200.Deadline for registration is Thursday, October 4.
The International Business Council of Greater Rochester, NY is a collaborative association established to promote and expand international opportunities by developing and enhancing the expertise of its members and engaging in advocacy on their behalf. Among the services IBC can provide are document certifications, international certification programs for managers, travel advisors, business contacts in overseas markets and document translation into any of 25 languages. IBC also hosts specialized seminars and other events on key issues of interest to those businesses engaged in the global marketplace.