Global Trade Compliance 2022: ROCK ON!



Tuesday, February 8, 2022  [via WEBEX]

Main Program  12:00 PM – 3:00 PM 

Thank you to our Event Sponsor:  M.E. Dey Import-Export    

The world strives to move forward toward supply chain and economic recovery. On the front lines and behind the scenes, trade compliance teams make order out of chaos. They are the ROCK STARS of global trade. How do they do it? MITA’s annual trade compliance event features experienced compliance professionals who will share their departmental structure, know-how, routines, and creative solutions to help untangle the complexities of this important aspect of international trade. You will also hear about developments in three comprehensive areas that affect global trade: forced labor, sanctions, and 21st Century Customs Framework. Whether you are a novice or experienced compliance professional or focused in another specialization, join us for this informative event and gain knowledge that will help you do your job better.


12:00 PM – 12:15 PM    Opening and Sponsor Remarks

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM    Keynote Address: Gwen Hassan, Compliance Officer and Legal Counsel – Forced Labor – A Matter of Conscience and Compliance

12:45 PM – 3:00 PM Concurrent Tracks – Attendees choose either the Operations Track OR the Issues Track in each of the two Sessions


12:00PM-12:15PM Welcome / Sponsor Remarks / Speaker Introductions
12:15PM-12:45PM Keynote: Gwen Hassan, Compliance Officer and Legal Counsel

Forced Labor— A Matter of Conscience and Compliance

 How are companies meeting compliance expectations for this growing global concern? The role of corporate supply chains in human trafficking and modern slavery is a topic of increasing focus from regulators. With new legislation emerging around the world, it is more important than ever for companies to ensure they are not unwittingly contributing to the problem. Learn more about what human trafficking and modern slavery is, the new regulations companies must comply with to prevent it, and where in your own organization’s supply chain it may be hiding.

12:50PM-3:00PM Concurrent Tracks, Two Rounds  Each Round attendees choose either Operations track or Issues track
Structuring a Global I/E Compliance Team

Hans Kuhn, Modine Manufacturing

Margaret Lange, ME Dey Co.


Given the increased complexity of trade compliance, the structure to support and manage these complexities has become increasingly important. This session will discuss the evolution and management of trade compliance with teams in a multi-national structure.

21st Century Customs Framework

Julie Pojar, Kohler Co.

Jody Swentik, Spectrum Brands


In light of increasing e-commerce, rapid technological change and the expanding global marketplace, this session previews Customs plans to develop legal and operational changes to improve security, enhance data integrity and reduce financial/administrative constraints in transactions. Learn how your company can prepare for the coming changes.

1:50PM-2:00PM BREAK




Structuring a Local I/E Compliance Team

Ben Andrews, The Vollrath Company 

Ruth Girmscheid, International Customs Services, Inc. (ICS)

Given the increased complexity of trade compliance, the structure to support and manage these complexities has become increasingly important. This session will discuss the development of a company’s trade compliance team that operates entirely from a local structure.

Best Practices for Implementing OFAC’s Sanctions Compliance Framework

Jenn Jin, Briggs & Stratton, LLC 

Lori Johnson, The Manitowoc Co.


Published in 2019, how are companies implementing OFAC’s Sanctions Compliance Program Framework in the areas of: management commitment; risk assessment; internal controls; testing and auditing; and training?  Learn best practices, strategies, and resources to help you comply with rapidly-changing sanctions regimes.



  • MITA Members – FREE 
  • Non-Members – $45.00

Note:  Registration is required for all attendees.  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.



For Speaker Bios click here.

Event Sponsor:  M.E. Dey Import-Export 

MITA’s Annual Platinum Sponsors: M.E. Dey Import-Export, Trek Bicycle and ABS Global.



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