Thursday January 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM PST
Friday January 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM PST

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Ports O' Call Waterfront Dining - Breakwater 
1200 Nagoya Way
San Pedro, CA 90731

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Jean Coronel 
Port of Los Angeles 

Workshop Schedule:

Thursday, January 26, 2017- 9:00 -1:15pm (Lunch included)

Boat Tour 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Optional)

Note Time Change

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 8:00am to 2:00 pm 


9:00 - 9:10am  Welcome and IntroductionJim MacLellan

  • Jose Ma. Dinsay – Trade Commissioner, Philippine Trade & Investment Center

9:10 – 10:15am  Role of FDA: Food Importation. FDA requirements for food importation and FDA product certification. Importation Process flow  – Dan Solis, Director of Import Operations, Los Angeles District, Food & Drug Administration

10:15 –11:30am Role of USDA:  Phytosanitary certifications, infestation verification, cold treatment and inspection flow with regard to holds and releases - Gabriel Padilla, Customs Border Protection- Chief Agriculture Specialist,  Harout Barsoumian, Supervisory Import Specialist-Customs and Border Protection

11:30- 12:00noon Strategic benefits of the Port and Trade Connect programs and websites - Jim MacLellan

12:00 – 1:15pm  L U N C H

1:00-3:30 pm   Boat Tour of the Port of Los Angeles

January 27, 2017

8:00 -10:30am  Import  Tariff, Fees and quotas. Importer Registration (How to register a company).  Information Resources. Role of Customs Brokers and their responsibilities. Managing resources for cost in warehousing, marketing, delivery. Trade Channels: Can the importer also be the distributor?  – Patty Rodriguez, Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association

10:30-12:45pm  Inspection, Testing, Certification and Verification of traded goods. - Lina BushSGS North America Inc. - Food Services (Invited)

12:45 – 1:45:00pm     L U N C H – Bank of America, Trade Finance (TBA)

 2:00pm                     Adjourn




Food Importation Into the United States