U.S. Government Working Session

The NMB hosted a free U.S. Government working session that took place on September 18, 2014 at the Embassy Suites at Chevy Chase Pavilion, Washington, DC. The session focused on providing attendees with information on border crossing and tools available for the industry to use. The information provided insight to both mango producers and importers what is vital for a smooth mango delivery to consumers. The attendees were able to ask the speakers questions related to border crossings, inspections, and agency processes.

The following topics were discussed during the U.S. Government Working Session:
  • Improved Market News Portal – Terry Long, Director, Fruit & Vegetable Market News Branch
  • Panel of Experts on Inspection Processes in US Ports – Moderator – David Durkin, Principal Attorney, Olsson, Frank, Weeda, Terman, Matz, PC
    • FDA Inspection Processes at Ports – Domenic J. Veneziano, CAPT U.S. Public Health Service, FDA Director, Division of Import Operations
    • What Determines Agency Inspections – Eloy Cortez, Director of Policy & Planning for Agricultural Programs, U.S. Customs & Border Protection
    • APHIS Inspection Process in Exporting Countries – Robert Johnson, Regional Director, Preclearance & Offshore Programs Plant Protection & Quarantine USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service
    • Customs Broker’s Perspective on Mango Inspection Process – Patricia Compres, President & C.E.O Advanced Customs Brokers & Consulting

Below is the session recording: