Spring Policy Summit 2017 by the fresh produce association of the americas

Informative, relevant and successful describes the FPAA’s 2017 Spring Policy Summit

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) completed successfully the two-day Spring Policy Summit where authorities and members of the fresh produce industry gathered to discuss the most relevant topics impacting the import operations of fruits and vegetable distributors

Some of the topics covered at the event were food safety regulations, harmonization of food safety laws among the U.S., Mexico and Canada, trade, efficiencies at the border, the incorporation of a new cold storage inspection area at the port of entry and how the industry could take advantage of the Trump Administration’s infrastructure plan.

“We are certain that conversations of this nature move the industry and our local communities into a positive direction of efficiency and growth,” said Lance Jungmeyer, president of FPAA.
Tours to a warehouse were offered during the event: the first was Kaliroy Fresh, LLC.
Santa Cruz Cold Storage was the second tour led by owner Scott Vandervoet
“We are certain that conversations of this nature move the industry and our local communities into a positive direction of efficiency and growth,” said Lance Jungmeyer, president of FPAA.

The event that took place at the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa in Tubac, Arizona, on Feb. 28 and March 1, attracted over 100 attendees including business owners, experts in food safety and authorities from the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

Among the speakers were representatives of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and their counterparts from Mexico and Canada, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Mexican Customs, members of the Arizona-Mexico Commission and others.

“The efforts of bringing together players and rulers are to promote the understanding of our industry, the strong relationship existing between U.S. and Mexico and be prepare for changes and the way the future approaches, added Jungmeyer”

This annual event organized by FPAA is in great part responsible for the now successful Unified Cargo Joint Inspections Program implemented in 2016 at the Mariposa Port of Entry. Companies participating in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program are able to take advantage of the program, which has reduced crossing times from several hours to as little as 24 minutes, according to CBP.

Representatives from CBP and FDA explained how C-TPAT will be linked to future trusted trader programs, including the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) from FDA.

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