Trade Compliance Special Interest Group

Explore the foundational elements of building and maintaining solid trade compliance programs, departments and processes for long term success.

The Trade Compliance Special Interest Group (SIG) offers a forum for individuals involved in import/export activities and trade compliance within UWEBC member companies to interact, share opinions and expertise, and leverage each other’s experiences.

Attendees of the SIG:

  • Engage with a trusted peer-to-peer network of trade compliance leaders, customs brokers, import/export professionals and those who support trade activities, such as legal and compliance departments.
  • Identify opportunities to further enhance their current trade compliance processes and structures.
  • Validate their organization’s compliance strategies and practices through knowledge exchange with other participants and subject-matter experts.

Participation in the Trade Compliance SIG is reserved for vice presidents, customs brokers, directors, managers and practitioners of UWEBC member companies with direct responsibility to trade compliance initiatives, including those that outsource this function. If you would like to learn more about the Trade Compliance SIG, please review the SIG’s charter document and/or contact UWEBC Supply Chain Management Practice Director Jenny Patzlaff at or 608-890-1298.

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Next Meeting

Trade Compliance Special Interest Group Meeting 

Collaboration Strategies to Advance Your Company's Trade Agenda 
July 26, 2022 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM 
Hear how other organizations collaborate with internal and external teams to maximize trade strategies for their company. 

As we heard from KPMG in our last session, collaboration is key when it comes to addressing both trade compliance risks and maximizing the impact of trade opportunities for our organizations. Who are the right internal teams, external partners, trade associations, etc., to partner with, and what does this collaboration actually look like?

We are thrilled to be joined by Ted Sherman, Senior Director of Global Trade Operations at Medtronic, and Chair-Elect of AAEI (American Association of Exporters and Importers). Ted's experience leading trade teams at Medtronic and Target - as well as leadership roles with COAC and BACM - have helped him build a reputation as a strong collaborator across the trade industry.

Join us from 9am to 2pm in person at the beautiful Pyle center in Madison, or 9am to noon virtually to learn from the experiences of others and share your experiences with your peers!

Have a story to share? We are looking for members to participate on a panel and share their experiences with effective trade collaboration. If you're interested, please contact Jenny Patzlaff.

Participate in Customizing the Agenda: You’ll have the opportunity to play an active part in shaping the agenda for this session – and to maximize its relevance for you – by suggesting and selecting topics for break-out discussions. Once the agenda is complete, you choose the discussions you want to join. This will be a highly interactive session so come prepared to share your questions, challenges and insights!

Webcast Available: If you can't make it to the event in-person (or if in-person registration has reached capacity), you can still register to attend from your computer. This option allows you to view the presentations, while attending in person provides you with the opportunity to participate in break-out discussions, ask questions or take advantage of networking opportunities. To attend the webcast, click the "Register for webcast" button on this meeting's homepage. You will receive a confirmation email with the link to the webcast a week before the meeting.

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