September 30, 2019
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Chinook Room, Portland International Airport
7200 NE Airport Way, Portland, Oregon, 97218

Directions: Chinook Room is located on the 8th floor of The Port Offices building located above the long term parking garages. 


$50 per person

Registration closes September 27, 12:00 pm PST

Includes: Continental Breakfast

Cancellations and Substitutions: Full refunds are available if cancellation is received by Sept. 23rd. Transfer of Paid Registration to another person accepted.


Registration & Contintental Breakfast: 8:00 AM

Program: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Kellie Holloway Jarman 
U.S. Commercial Service - Portland 
Foreign Trade Zone Forum:
Enhancing Your Company's Global Supply Chain Competitiveness

This morning program will dive into various elements of Foreign Trade Zones -- what they are, how they work, and how your company can benefit. Learn how FTZs impact a company's supply chain costs related to imports and exports. Understand monies you may be able to claim back on U.S. import duties paid where goods are rexported via the duty drawback program. The purpose of this forum is to introduce and explore strategies and tools that can be used to mitigate risk and control costs during turbulent trade times. 

Monday, September 30, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Portland Airport, Chinook Conference Room

Topics Covered:

  • Fundamentals about Foreign Trade Zones 
  • How to apply for Foreign Trade Zone authorization
  • Hear from a private company representative that operates a FTZ 
  • Business support services for local companies with global trade exposure provided by government agencies such as the U.S. Commercial Services .
  • FTZ as a supply chain stabilizer in times of uncertainty
  • Duty Drawback as a tool to manage import costs and shrinking margins
  • CBP on roles and responsibilities related to FTZs


  • Commerce: US-FTZ Board – Overview of FTZs
  • Port of Vancouver / Port of Portland – Engaging locally
  • Columbia Sportswear Company – Business case for utilizing FTZ
  • Freight Forwarder/Broker on Duty Drawback 
  • U.S. Customs & Border Protection - Roles & responsibilities related to FTZ / duty drawback 

Elizabeth Whiteman, Senior Analyst, and Qahira El-Amin, AnalystU.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington DC

Doug SmithInternational Business Development & Industrial Properties, Port of Portland
Foreign Trade Zone #45 which covers all of Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties and is organized under the Alternative Site Framework.   

Mike Bomar, Director of Economic Development, Port of Vancouver
Foreign Trade Zone #296 with a service area covering all of Clark County which includes the cities of Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Ridgefield, La Center, Battle Ground and part of Woodland.

Katie  Tangman, Director, Global Customs and Trade, Columbia Sportwear Company

Christophe Esayian, Manager, Sustainability & Global Business Processes, OIA Global

Steven Lewis, Assistant Port Director, Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection 


Registration and Refreshments: 8:30 AM

Program: 9 AM – 11 AM

Event Supported by:

U.S. Department of Commerce's Foreign Trade Zone Board, Export Council of Oregon,
Port of Vancouver USA, Port of Portland, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, OIA Global,
U.S. Commercial Service-Portland