2008 Import Seminar


The Changing Landscape of Importing

February 27, 2008 Import Seminar 
7:30 - 9:30 am at City University of Seattle, Rm. 301
Renton Campus
555 S. Renton Village Place, Renton, WA 98057

The World Trade Club invites you to join us on Wednesday, February 27 to participate in a breakfast forum on the Changing Landscape of Importing.  The year 2007 brought forth several hot topics in the world of importing, from the increase of inbound goods, challenges of managing quality controls, product recalls and the promise of new regulations ahead for importers.  This session is a must for those currently importing or looking to begin an import program.

Session topics include strategic sourcing, quality controls, import compliance, payment and regulatory issues. This forum offers an excellent opportunity to network with companies currently importing products from Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Panel Speakers:

Joshua S. DeCristo, Lawyer, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Josh DeCristo is a lawyer at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt where he is a member of the product liability group. Mr. DeCristo grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and is licensed to practice law in Washington and Oregon. He recently returned from China and Hong Kong where he presented several lectures on American product liability law.

Jennifer L. Jolley, Jolley, Esq.

Ms. Jolley's practice focuses on domestic and international trademark and copyright matters, as well as licensing and litigation. Ms. Jolley advises clients on all aspects of IP rights procurement, enforcement and
defense, including IP development, acquisition, clearance, protection and registration, investigation and litigation. She has represented individuals and small companies in a wide range of industries, from software developers and e-commerce retailers to toy and game companies and consumer product manufacturers.

Ms. Deborah Li, Region Manager, SUPERVALU International

Deborah Li is a Region Manager of SUPERVALU's International Division, based in Tacoma. SUPERVALU is the largest food distribution company and 3rd largest grocery retailer in the U.S., with total revenue of over US$40 billion.  The International Division services retailers and importer/distributors throughout the world, with a primary focus on Asia Pacific.  In her current position, Deborah is responsible for import product sourcing, quality control and inbound logistics for SVI’s general merchandise program for key U.S. retailers, in addition to managing export accounts across Asia.  Deborah is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound where she majored in Asian Studies.  She has lived in both Mainland China and Taiwan and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.

Christopher D. Priddy, Lawyer, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Chris's practice focuses on administrative law, litigation, and commercial issues. Chris has represented both U.S. and overseas clients in administrative proceedings at both the federal and state level with regard to international trade and commercial litigation. Chris assists clients with U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, import/export and trade issues, export controls, financial services issues, U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues, and commercial litigation.  Before entering private practice, Chris was an official with the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration.

Cost to Attend: 
Price includes business program, networking and continental breakfast

  • $15 for Students
  • $25 for World Trade Club members and sponsoring organizations
  • $35 for Non-Members



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