For VMA's 17th Annual International Trade Symposium
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|Tuesday, September 22, 2020|
|1:00 PM||Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker:
"The Global Impact of Trade Policies"
|2:00 PM||Networking Break|
|2:20 PM|| Panel: "Changing the Rules: Trade Policies in a New Decade"
We are witnessing a dramatic shift in U.S. trade policy. It has not only brought tariffs but also a rewrite of NAFTA, now called USMCA. U.S. tariffs have been met with retaliation especially against U.S. agriculture. The U.S.-China Phase 1 trade deal seeks to alleviate some of the pain to U.S. agriculture and fix other grievances with China. The World Trade Organization is in crisis with a non-functioning Appellate Body. Will this mean the end of the “Rules Based Trading System?” So what’s in store for U.S. importers and exporters in 2020 and beyond? Hear different perspectives from experts in international trade.
|4:30 PM||Maritime Mixer on the Spirit of Norfolk cruise ship. More Information.|
|Wednesday, September 23, 2020|
|7:00 AM||Registration and Continental Breakfast|
Opening Remarks and Morning Speaker: "International Trade
In 2017, the Virginia General Assembly appointed Mike Ligon to the Advisory Committee on International Trade where he serves as the vice chairman. Mr. Ligon will be providing a never-before-seen look into Governor Ralph Northam’s International Trade Plan.
|9:00 AM||Networking Break|
|9:20 AM||Panel: "Diversified Cargo: Inside and Outside the Box"
Two back-to-back groups of panelists will dive deeply into containerized/non-containerized cargo trade routes and new markets being explored for a wide range of non-traditional cargos. Moderated by a large NVOCC representative, expect to hear from industry experts in project cargo, wind energy, and cotton trades; exporters of resin industry, forest products, and bulk liquids; and a large heavy-rolling stock exporter.
|10:40 AM||Networking Break|
Simultaneous Break-Out Sessions
Panel A) "The Talent Crisis"
Low unemployment is generally thought of as a good thing until businesses across the country start running short on labor. Slower population growth, immigration policy, and the rise of regional competition are creating a perfect storm of concern…Where will a skilled workforce come from that meets the demands of business in this new decade? Panelists include representatives of large infrastructure projects, transportation, retail, and heavy industry/construction. Anyone concerned about matching their workforce to their business growth will want to attend this panel.
Panel B) "Breaking Down Blockchain"
Blockchain is one of those words on everyone’s lips…but do they truly know what it means? How can it affect your supply chain? Blockchain solutions providers and experienced blockchain users will provide an inside look that will help prepare your business for the next decade.
Luncheon Presentation: "Virginia as a Gateway to the World"
Mr. Reinhart will address attendees during lunch and share how The Port of Virginia puts the needs of its customers first, which is helping to drive growth across Virginia and cement the port’s status as the gateway to the world for America’s Heartland.
Panel: "Supply Chain Technology"
As shipping and logistics continue moving at a frenetic pace, supply chain technologies are being adopted across the board to meet existing and future industry needs. Attend this panel to hear major innovator companies - including Amazon, Flexport, and Next Trucking - discuss what supply chain technologies are already being implemented, and why the logistics landscape will never be the same again.
|1:55 PM||Networking Break|
|3:00 PM||Closing Remarks|
|6:00 PM||Pre-Banquet Reception|
100th Annual Maritime Banquet - Dinner Program
VMA's 100th Anniversary After Party
Exclusive admission to banquet attendees. Separate tickets are not available.
Enjoy a live band, "Kustom Made," dancing (bring a date!), Virginia wines, beers, spirits and food, and networking!
|Thursday, September 24, 2020|
|8:00 AM - 3:00 PM||Golf Outing.
The 100th Annual Maritime Banquet will be followed by the VMA's 100th Anniversary After Party...the grand finale to the VMA2020 celebration series. Learn more about the VMA2020 statewide events, history, and sponsorship at www.VAmaritime.com/VMA2020.
Please note, that VMA2020 sponsors recieve different benefits than Symposium & Banquet sponsors.