Fresh Produce Association of the Americas to Host Annual Spring Policy Summit

Wed. March 20th, 2024 - by Chandler James

TUBAC, AZ - Crucial insights will be shared at the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas’ (FPAA) annual Spring Policy Summit on April 3, 2024. The must-attend gathering for industry leaders, policymakers, and experts will focus on the trade environments of the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

The summit will kick off with a keynote speech on "U.S.-Mexico Trade – What is the State of Play?" delivered by Andrew I. Rudman, Director of the Mexico Institute. According to a press release, Rudman will address the complexities and uncertainties surrounding the context of trade, as both countries approach pivotal elections.

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas will host its annual Spring Policy Summit on April 3, 2024

The afternoon sessions will explore a variety of pressing topics, including:

  • Reducing Impact of Port Disruptions: A panel including representatives from CBP, the Arizona Department of Transportation, U.S. Customhouse Brokers, and representatives of Arizona’s Senate offices will discuss strategies to mitigate disruptions at ports due to migrant issues and other emerging concerns
  • Food Safety and Handling Hot Topics: This session will cover the latest developments in traceability implementation, updates from the FDA's Southwest Import District, Canada's use of SENASICA SRRC Certification, and more
  • DC Update: Garrick Taylor of the Border Trade Alliance and Allison Moore of the FPAA will provide an update on political developments, upcoming regulations, and what to expect in the near future from Washington, DC
  • USDA APHIS Updates on Plant Protection and Quarantine Efforts: The Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will outline their operations at the border, focusing on the role of insect identifiers, scientific reviews of pest risks, and the importation process of fresh produce into the U.S.
  • Tomatoes, Trade, and the State of Play: The summit will conclude with a session on the latest updates regarding fresh tomato imports and the Tomato Suspension Agreement, featuring discussions with government and industry leaders that have been fighting to protect U.S. companies importing fresh tomatoes

The event will conclude with a closing cocktail reception where participants will have the chance to network and discuss the insights gained throughout the event.

ANUK will keep you informed as we hear more about this event, so stay tuned.