MITA’s Annual Trade Compliance Event



Event date/time: April 9, 2024 from 11:30pm – 2:00pm 

UW Fluno Center Skyview Room, 601 University Ave, Madison, WI (this is an In-person only event).

Crucial Compliance Updates: What’s on Your Radar?

The 2024 MITA global trade compliance event features the expertise of two attorneys specializing in trade compliance. As subject matter experts, they will provide key updates on the current trade compliance landscape for US importers and exporters.  This discussion will cover recent updates to export regulations and sanctions as well as the latest CBP enforcement trends.

Through sharing their practical experience working with manufacturers and regulatory agencies, these experts will give attendees invaluable insight into the application of common trade compliance initiatives. Finally, we will also hear from “the voice of the manufacturer”: a segment including a selection of practitioners, who will share their experience handling specific situations, their implemented solutions and recommendations for valuable resources and training.

Please note: when you register for this event, please click here to submit a question or an issue you would like to have addressed at this event

MITA and UWEBC* are collaborating for an impactful day of compliance topics at the Fluno Center on April 9th.

UWEBC is holding its Trade Compliance Special Interest Group (SIG) from 9am-11am just prior to our MITA event. The first 5 MITA Members registered for MITA’s 11:30am-2:00pm event and also interested in attending the UWEBC event, may be eligible for a guest pass to the UWEBC event. Learn more about the UWEBC event or contact UWEBC’s practice director, Jenny Patzlaff at
*UWEBC is UW E-Business Consortium


Nicolas Guzman, Partner, Faegre Drinker Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Chicago office

Attorney Nicolas Guzman counsels clients in all aspects of international trade laws and regulations. Nick has extensive experience in import, trade compliance and international customs issues, including maquiladora manufacturing operations in Mexico. He assists clients with import tariff classification, valuation, country of origin determination and marking issues, and eligibility determinations under free trade agreements and duty preference programs. Nick is fluent in Spanish and has conducted compliance reviews in Latin America and has provided Spanish-language training and advice to company personnel. Nick has earned recognition from several organizations including Chambers Global — International Trade: Customs, Up & Coming, 2023 and the Hispanic National Bar Association — 2023 “Top Lawyers under 40”. LinkedIn profile

Ngosong Fonkem, International Trade Attorney, Harris Sliwoski LLP

Attorney Ngosong Fonkem advises companies, countries and individuals how to navigate domestic and foreign issues in international trade law.  Ngosong consults  corporate leaders on strategic decisions particularly in the context of dueling U.S. and China laws and regulations resulting from geo-political competition. While focused on day-to-day compliance with Customs laws  and  US Export Control regulation, he also handles interventions such as audits, investigations, and civil enforcement proceedings. He assists the firm’s deal teams with M& A due diligence on trade risk, private equity, and other transactions. Ngosong is a recent appointee to the Wisconsin District Export Council (DEC) advisors to the US Commercial Service, Milwaukee. He is involved in numerous professional organizations including the USTR, and is a co-author of “Trade Crash: A Primer on Surviving and Thriving in Pandemics & Global Trade Disruption”.  LinkedIn profile


11:30 AM – 12:00 PM   Registration & Networking
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM   Lunch
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM     Welcome, Opening Remarks, Speaker Remarks
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM       Q & A Session and Closing Remarks

Cost of Admission: In -person (with lunch included): MITA Members $50; Non-members $75.

Note:  As a member, please insure your membership is up to date and please use the e-mail associated with your MITA membership when registering for this event.   


The Key-program Sponsor for the April 9 event is BDG International, Inc .

MITA’s events are Co-sponsored by its Platinum Sponsors:  M.E. Dey &Co, WEDC, FTI Consulting and Star7.




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