Newsletter - January 2019


WIT-NC News, Events & Announcements

Venue * Duty Mitigation * FDA * Fees Change * Membership Benefits * Leadership * Baker McKenzie * Member Awards * News from the Mothership


WIT-NC Tours the Bay in 2019
Check the WIT-NC Calendar for the location of our monthly events. We are scheduled to be at different locations this year and these will be posted there as well as communicated in the monthly invitations. See you soon!

Best Practices & Strategies for Duty Mitigation - Next Week!
Doug Zuvich, Partner and Global Practice Leader, KPMG's Trade and Customs Practice, will cover what companies are doing to successfully navigate the trade war, how to be prepared for upcoming audits, and how to employ effective tariff strategies. Doug was formerly with Customs and brings a unique perspective to this topic. Information and registration.

Membership Awards
Every year, we honor both individual and corporate members of the year for their outstanding service to the WIT-NC mission. Member of the Year and Company of the Year Awards will be given out at our March program. Join us to honor the recipients!

FDA Partnership Meeting: Bridge to the Future
Come participate in this interactive, informative and "No Topic Off-Limits" forum which has been rescheduled to May due to the government shutdown. FDA officials will host. Information and registration.

Fee Change
Note that, due to venue costs and our desire to continue hosting high quality educational monthly programs, we need to increase event registration fees. Registration is now $49.50 for members, $66 for non-members for most events. We appreciate your understanding.

Women in Maritime Leadership Conference
Education Sponsor, Cal Maritime, hosts the Women in Maritime Leadership Conference on March 15-16 and have offered a significant discount for WIT-NC members and guests to attend. The 2019 conference focuses on leadership development program specific to the goals of professional women. When registering, use OWIT30 for a 30% discount!

Thank You to our Presenters and Guests
Thank you to John McKenzie, Jon Cowley and Ivy Tan of Baker McKenzie for presenting at WIT-NC's Chinese New Year Celebration last month. Their insights on cyber-security, encryption and increased restriction in China, and APAC Export control updates were timely and informative. Kudos to Jade Gardens Chinese Restaurant for a delicious dinner. Visit our Facebook page for photos.

OWIT News & Events from the Mothership
OWIT International is keeping its members global members informed year-round with live-streamed webinars. In February, Barbara Mowat presented Learning From Failure. She encouraged considering failure as a stepping stone to success for women in international trade. If you missed the event you can still access the webinar.

Membership Benefits
An important benefit of WIT-NC membership is "Networking". At each of our events, we have a lot of time to mingle with other attendees. Meeting trade compliance professionals from your own industry is a great way to ask questions, get solutions, and share best practices. Many of our members have attested that they have found their next job opportunity through connections they made at WIT events.

Here is what WIT-NC member, Keldyn West (CISCO) had to say on the benefits of WIT-NC membership.

"I enjoy WIT-NC because, in addition to meeting interesting people at the meetings, I also learn about new aspects of international trade from speakers, who often provide fascinating insight into the wider world of international policies and issues. I am also inspired by WIT members who use their background in international trade to influence social justice issues."