New webinar series focused on import/export regulations

United Fresh Produce Association has developed a six-part webinar series to inform companies of the regulatory issues affecting international trade of produce products imported into and exported from the United States.

Developed with consultation from United Fresh’s International Advisory Board, these sessions will provide an overview of the most critical aspects of the import and export processes, including identifying and working with key regulatory agencies, understanding food safety requirements, exploring marketing opportunities and more. Speakers will include USDA officials, embassy agricultural attachés and produce industry leaders with expertise and insight into international trade.

Beginning Tuesday, March 16 at 1:00 pm EDT, with the session A Product’s Journey into the United States: Understanding Regulatory Requirements, speakers Peter Scarabelli (AMS) Compliance and Enforcement branch chief, USDA/AMS/SCP, marketing order and agreement division; and Andrea F. Huberty, Ph.D., director, Imports Regulations and Manuals, Plant Protection and Quarantine, will guide attendees through regulatory requirements needed to export produce into the U.S. including risk assessments, pest and disease and more.

Additional session topics include:

  • Understanding produce import logistics best practices
  • Food safety requirements for the U.S.: what growers need to know
  • Introduction to export regulatory policy
  • Developing new markets & expanding export access for U.S. products
  • Market trends: Canada, United Kingdom and Japan

“As international trade continues to present complex business challenges and opportunities, companies benefit from having the latest information and guidance to help make decisions about their import and export programs,” said Mayda Sotomayor, CEO, Seald Sweet International/Greenyard USA and chair of United Fresh’s International Advisory Board. “No matter how much experience your company has in international trade, companies will benefit from engaging in these discussions. I’m glad to see United Fresh present this new series to help companies navigate these business opportunities.”

Attendees can register at for each session. Sessions are available to United Fresh members for $100 per session/$150 to non-members per session.

For more information, contact Amanda Griffin (, vice-president of education & program management, United Fresh at 202-303-3412.

For more information:
Mary Coppola
United Fresh Produce Association
Ph: +1 (202) 303-3425

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