Tentative Schedule


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time Event
9:00 a.m. – 9:05 p.m. Welcome to Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop in Boston
9:05 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. How Government Regulations and Voluntary Standards are Changing Seafood Trade in the U.S.
Speaker: Scott Zimmerman – Safe Quality Seafood Associates
  • - Modernizing seafood safety, quality and sustainability compliance
  • - Responding to FDA violations: Automatic detention, warning letters and import alert red list
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Seafood Import Monitoring Program (“SIMP”) Updates
Speakers: Corey L. Norton, Scott Zimmerman, Celeste Leroux
  • - SIMP overview
  • - Shrimp and abalone updates; 2018 Q4 Pilot Program
  • - Auditing updates
  • - Trusted trader program
  • - Recent verification and auditing experiences
  • - Views from NOAA Fisheries
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Coffee Break
11:15 a.m. – Noon Are Federal Laws Making Life Easier at the Border? Speaker: Corey L. Norton – Group Counsel for Responsible Sourcing, Thai Union Group
  • - China Tariffs
  • - The voluntary qualified importer program: Is your company eligible for expedited entry?
  • - Making sure your business is prepared for additional scrutiny to detect labor abuse
Noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (provided) and networking
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m An Automated United States Customs Department: Are Your Supply Chain Practices on the Cutting Edge?
Speaker: Jonathan Lieberman – New York Customs Brokers
  • - ACE, ITDS, DIS: What do these mean and how to know if your business is using these systems properly
  • - Are you modernized? Questions to ask your customs broker or in-house customs team
  • - Is my business at risk of a product code mistake? Learn how to identify small errors in customs paperwork that could cause huge penalties for your operation
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Quality Assurance and Control for the Seafood Supply Chain
Speaker: Scott Zimmerman – Safe Quality Seafood Associates
  • - Why we need assurance and control
  • - Audit schemes, seafood inspection standards, organizing inspections and common product evaluation problems
2:30 p.m. – 2.45 p.m. Coffee Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Insurance Options and Risk Management for Seafood Importers
Speaker: Michael Lieberman – FOA & Son
  • - From what risks do you need to protect your seafood business … and what options do you have?
  • - Financial exposures related to contamination and recall loss
  • - Seafood importer risk management practices focused on cold chain/ damage to product
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Expert Panel Addressing Questions on All Presented Compliance Topics
  • Engage with representatives from CBP and FDA. Plus, ask the other expert panelists any questions related to compliance discussions. This is an open discussion of major issues facing the seafood industry and an opportunity for authorities and industry to get on the same page.
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks and Thanks for Coming


For questions, suites or special requests, please contact Liz Cuozzo via email or by phone: 800-932-0617.
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