United Fresh Produce Association Launches Webinar Series On Produce Import And Export Regulations
WASHINGTON, DC - I am a firm believer that knowledge is the most powerful thing we can possess within this industry. With that being said, an exciting new supply-side advantage has emerged as United Fresh Produce Association is launching a six-part webinar series centered around regulatory issues affecting international trade of produce products in the United States.
“As international trade continues to present complex business challenges and opportunities, companies benefit from having the latest information and guidance to help them make decisions about their import and export programs,” said Mayda Sotomayor, CEO of Seald Sweet International/Greenyard USA and Chair of United Fresh’s International Advisory Board. “No matter how much experience your company has in international trade, companies will benefit from engaging in these discussions. I’m glad to see United Fresh present this important new webinar series to help companies navigate these business opportunities.”
The sessions were developed with consultation from United Fresh’s International Advisory Board and will offer an overview of the most critical aspects of the import and export processes, according to a company release. Some of these aspects include identifying and working with key regulatory agencies, understanding food safety requirements, exploring marketing opportunities, and more. The webinar sessions will include speakers such as USDA officials, embassy agricultural attachés, and produce industry leaders with expertise in international trade topics.
The webinar event kicks off on Tuesday, March 16, at 1:00 pm EDT with the A Product’s Journey into the United States: Understanding Regulatory Requirements session, which includes speakers Peter Scarabelli, Compliance and Enforcement Branch Chief, USDA/AMS/SCP, Marketing Order and Agreement Division; and Andrea F. Huberty, Ph.D., Director, Imports Regulations and Manuals, Plant Protection and Quarantine. Scarabelli and Huberty will guide attendees through the regulatory requirements of exporting produce into the U.S., including risk assessments, pest and disease, and more.
Additional sessions will cover the following topics:
- Understanding Produce Import Logistics Best Practices
- Food Safety Requirements for the US: What Growers Need to Know
- Introduction to Export Regulatory Policy
- Developing New Markets and Expanding Export Access for US Products
- Market Trends: Canada, United Kingdom, and Japan
Each session is available to United Fresh members for $100 per session, and to non-members for $150. Attendees can register for each session online.
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