2017 Spring Policy Summit to cover U.S.- Mexico Trade

The 2017 Spring Policy Summit of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) is upcoming, and the event, which focuses on policies and regulations that impact importation of fresh produce from Mexico, will take place on Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa in Tubac, Arizona.

The FPAA Spring Policy Summit has a demonstrated history in elevating the dialogue between industry and government, said Lance Jungmeyer, President of the FPAA.

“Because of this event we have seen beneficial modifications in food safety programs, and today, the port in Nogales is benefiting from the Unified Cargo Inspection Program that was first publicly conceived at last year’s event,” Jungmeyer said. The Unified Cargo Inspection Program has brought together U.S. and Mexican Customs inspectors into one facility, streamlining a process that used to take 4-8 hours and now takes as little as a half hour, he said.

The event includes the participation of U.S. authorities at federal, state and city levels as well as personalities in the Mexican government who are involved in the planning and decision makings of areas related to the U.S. - Mexico trade.

“At FPAA, we believe that the best way to prepare for changes is to be informed. At the same time, the most effective manner to minimize the impact of those changes is to be involved. Therefore, as part of our mission as an association we bring those agencies who can educate and look for ways to facilitate the dialogues and involvement,” Jungmeyer said.
 
To help frame the dialogue, as the U.S. and Mexico move forward in coming years, two very important sessions are included in this year’s program:
The New Trade Dynamic – Analyzing the U.S.-Mexico Relationship – The U.S. and Mexico have both said they would like to change some elements of NAFTA. What is this likely to entail? How do the U.S. and Mexico maintain the momentum that has marked the trading relationship?

Customs Innovations – Spotlight on Nogales: The Unified Cargo Inspection Program in Nogales is greatly boosting throughput and saving companies millions of dollars in logistics costs. Meanwhile, the Greater Nogales and Santa Cruz County Port Authority is adding a Cold Storage Inspection Area at the port to encourage imports of temperature sensitive items like avocados, berries and more. Invited speakers include Will Brooks, Director of Field Operations of the Tucson District for U.S. Customs & Border Protection; and Guillermo Valencia, Chairman of the Greater Nogales and Santa Cruz County Port Authority.

“It is very important for us to see the participation of people in the industry. Together we create the necessary synergy to redirect regulations and proposals in motion for the betterment of all,” added Jungmeyer.

Lance Jungmeyer
FPAA
Tel : 520 287 2707
Fax : 520 287 2948
info@freshfrommexico.com
www.freshfrommexico.com

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