[COLUMN] ‘Back to basics 2.0 summit’: Importing the right way

Pictured are the stalwarts of Pangasinan Brotherhood-USA who are co-hosting the “Back to Basics 2.0 Summit”: Importing The Right Way as an educational forum as one of its programs promoting livelihood in the Philippine especially goods and products from Pangasinan province. From left: Dean Mandapat, Dan E. Nino, Rowena Estrada, Ellen Rodriguez-Swing, Eddie C. Ferrer, Jann Doctor-Bergado, Sue Ann Estrada-Tumakay, Jacqueline Ferrer and Neil M. Estrada. PB-USA Photo

Long Beach – In response to the rapidly evolving landscape of the importing industry,  EC Ferrer Customs House Brokers (CHB) Inc. in partnership with the Filipino American Chamber of Cerritos and Gateway Cities and the Pangasinan Brotherhood USA Inc., is proud to announce “Back to Basics 2.0,” an informative summit designed to equip importers with essential knowledge and strategies for success in today’s dynamic marketplace.

This “Back to Basics 2.0” information summit will be held on June 7, 2024 (Friday) from 8 am to 12:30 at the Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel on Spring Street and Airport Plaza Drive. This is a follow through of a similar forum held in 2013 at the same venue.

With a focus on providing attendees with a comprehensive understanding of importing fundamentals while highlighting the latest industry advancements, “Back to Basics 2.0” promises to be an invaluable resource for importers seeking to navigate the complexities of global trade.

“At EC Ferrer, we recognize the importance of staying informed and adapting to the rapid changes in the importing industry,” said Eddie Ferrer, President of EC Ferrer. “Through ‘Back to Basics 2.0,’ our goal is to empower importers with the knowledge and tools they need to thrive in an ever-changing business environment.”

The summit will kick-off with keynote speaker, Eric Elnar, Trade Commissioner of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry and  feature a series of informative sessions by industry leaders covering a wide range of topics essential to importing success, including:

  • Make it easy to import the right way: Strategies for streamlining the importing process and ensuring compliance with regulations.
  • Broker expectations with clients and customs: Best practices for communication and collaboration between brokers, clients, and customs authorities.
  • Reasonable care and responsible supervision: Understanding the importance of due diligence and oversight in the importing process.
  • Food & Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines: Navigating FDA regulations and requirements for imported food and drug products.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): Exploring the role of AI technologies in optimizing importing operations and decision-making processes.
  • Insurance – Marine & surety bond: Insights into the importance of insurance coverage for various aspects of the importing process, including ocean, air, land, and warehouse shipments.
  • Trucking – Border crossing: Strategies for efficient and compliant trucking operations across international borders and
  • Security partnerships – CTPAT: Understanding the benefits and requirements of participating in Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) for enhancing supply chain security.

“Back to Basics 2.0” will provide attendees with actionable insights, practical tips, and expert guidance to help them navigate the complexities of importing with confidence and success.

Due to limited seats for the summit, interested parties may RSVP or register with EC Ferrer CHB via email at [email protected] or at phone number 562-422-6492.

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EC Ferrer CHB Inc. is a licensed Custom House Broker, Freight Forwarder (Ocean Transport Intermediary), and Property Broker for Interstate or foreign commerce in the transportation of freight by motor vehicle.  EC Ferrer CHB is a leading authority in the importing industry, committed to excellence and dedicated to providing innovative solutions and expert guidance to importers worldwide.

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