Industry Professionals and partners will challenge themselves to take trade to new heights at the NAFTZ Annual Conference & Exposition. Attend this 4-day event and gain a lifetime of resources, relationships and regulation updates that you can enhance and build upon each year and event cycle.
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Run (or walk) faster than the winds of trade change. Cultivate your mind and body by joining us for the NAFTZ Annual Conference & Exposition Charity 5K event – enjoying scenic views whether you walk or run for a good cause (all donations made will go to Greater Chicago Food Depository).
MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNTS: Join NAFTZ in order to qualify for membership discounts. (*) projected event fee
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Press interested in covering the Annual Conference should apply in advance. Please read the requirements for Press applications carefully. If your application is missing anything, it may be denied or delayed.
Getting a Press Pass
Qualifications for the press include, but are not limited to:
We give priority to proposals from journalists who:
Journalists who fail to comply with these guidelines will forfeit their press credentials and admittance to the event. NAFTZ reserves the right to deny access to any press representative at any time and for any reason to be in best interest of NAFTZ and its members.
Each additional* registrant from the same company receives a $50 discount (not applicable for Federal Government employees). *The first company representative must have paid the full registration rate, for the second company representative to be eligible for the discount. Online group registrations are currently unavailable – contact Jarmila Zapata with such requests at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendees MUST hold an NAFTZ membership for the same number of company guests requesting the member rate. Registration and full payment must be received prior to the LIVE event. All fees must be paid to be granted event entrance.
All early bird attendees must pay by the date of early bird deadline (8/5/19) to receive the discount rate (if not paid by this date the rate increases). All post-early bird rate attendees must pay 2 weeks prior to the event start date (only exception are non-members and those registering on-site who must pay in full at the time of registration). If not paid by this date additional fees apply.
Registration fees are fully refundable for written cancellations received by NAFTZ by August 5, 2019. Cancellations received by the NAFTZ between Aug. 6 & August 14, 2018 will receive a 50% credit for their registration fee toward a future 2019 NAFTZ Meeting. Cancellations received after August 14 will be responsible for the full registration fee amount due to the NAFTZ and no meeting credits will be issued.
Invite your family, friends, and guests! A special guest registration is available for $50 for the Sunday and Monday evening reception. The Tuesday night reception is priced at $100 per guest. Admission to receptions is included in your conference registration fee making those not attending the conference eligible at the guest rate.
Confirmation for event registrations online should be immediate. If you have not received a confirmation within 2 business days after registering, please contact Victoria Cartwright, Director of Events and Education.
Attend the NAFTZ Annual Conference and earn credit. NAFTZ will undergo the application process closer to the event to offer CPE and CCS/CES credit. Attendance can be applied towards certification or recertification of your Accredited Zones Specialist (AZS) designation. NAFTZ is currently undergoing the approval process for CCS/CES credit for this event.
*By completing NAFTZ registration, I hereby grant NAFTZ (National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones) the unrestricted right to use my name, contact information, image, likeness, quote(s), or voice that is transcribed, photographed, or recorded at the NAFTZ Annual Conference in Chicago Sept. 8-11, 2019 (“Annual Conference”), for any purpose, including use or publication on its website, promotional materials, presentations, press releases, social media tools, sponsorship reference, or any other media. I understand that I will not receive any compensation for such use or publication. I understand that edits may be made prior to such use or publication, and I hereby waive the right to inspect or approve any use or publication wherein my name, image, likeness, quote(s), or voice appears. I hereby release NAFTZ from any and all claims and liability relating to such use or publication of my name, image, likeness, quote(s), or voice. By registering for this event, I agree to the collection, use, and disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information (PII). PII includes any information that identifies me personally (e.g. name, address, email address, phone number, etc.). NAFTZ will use PII to: (a) enable your event registration/attendee roster; (b) review, evaluate and administer NAFTZ initiatives; (c) market NAFTZ opportunities and sponsorship you may potentially be interested in; NAFTZ may use your PII for so long as NAFTZ remains active in conducting any of the above purposes.
Our annual conference is the largest FTZ-related event in the United States. With 480 in attendance in 2018 representing over 300 different companies, and estimated attendance in 2019 to be similar, our receptions, round table discussions, and exhibit hall are an exciting way to build stronger relationships. For a bird’s eye view of the meeting space click here.
Are you looking for an exceptional way to promote your company, reinforce your brand loyalty, increase your visibility, and contribute to the growth of the FTZ community? Sponsorship opportunities for event reception packages are open year round. All others will be available on a time released basis starting Noon Eastern on June 14, 2019 based on first come first served to secure to feature personalized items to promote your company year round, keynote luncheons to highlight your company and more.
(*) Reception package sponsorship(s) are open year round, all other event sponsorships are available on a timed release basis.
To find out more or have a custom sponsorship created for you please contact Victoria Cartwright
Booth space applications will be accepted starting Oct. 15, 2018, 12pm eastern. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to showcase your products and services to more than 400 decision makers in the FTZ industry. By exhibiting, your company can deliver excitement with industry-changing announcements, and more.
For a regular booth, the one (1) booth registration fee is a $75 savings and for one (1) premium booth attendee registration is offered at a $350 savings, compared to early member registration rates and standard industry booth rates.
The savings are based on the inclusion of one complimentary registration.
A 2019 basic booth is$2000 and a premium booth is $3250. Click the Exhibit link above to view the current offering.
Display set-up will begin on Sunday, September 8, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
September 9, 2019, 7am – 7pm
September 10, 2019, 7am – 5pm
September 11, 2019, 7am – 11:30am
The dismantling of displays begins at 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Our host event hotel is The Palmer House Hilton (17 E. Monroe Chicago IL 60603) offering the NAFTZ discount rate of $239/night+tax for single/double occupancy based on availability. Call hotel directly at 312.726.7500 and reference NAFTZ Annual Conference & Exposition or contact Victoria Cartwright with any issues in securing the discount rate at 202-331-1950 ext. 225 or email@example.com.
The hotel property is within walking distance to many of the city’s attractions and local restaurants such as Millennial Park and the Art Institute as well a variety of restaurants and shops.
Stay connected with #NAFTZAC19
Connect with us to get the latest conference updates and join the conversations. Check out the NAFTZ Agenda for Details regarding our twitter hashtag, how to participate in the Catherine Durda Award Contest (for Grantee’s chance to win free registration next year’s Annual Conference & Exposition in Denver, CO) .
The event app will serve as your guide onsite. Not only will you get the latest program updates and information, but you will be able to access the attendee list, presentations, speaker bios, local maps, and complete your session evaluations. Instructions on downloading the Mobile App will be available closer to the event.