“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” – Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
Here in the DC area, spring is evident everywhere, and it feels like a new kind of rebirth. The world isn’t only opening from the cold of winter, but also from the isolation of COVID. Some on the Hill are taking in person meetings again, and the offices of the Department of Commerce are also open for business.
In fact, Jeff Tafel, NAFTZ President and I, along with Jim Smith from our government affairs advisory firm, Smith, Dawson & Andrews, met with Assistant Secretary Lisa Wang in her offices in the Commerce Building on March 16. This meeting was a promised follow-up after Ms. Wang spoke at our NAFTZ Legislative Summit in Washington, DC in February and was quite a productive meeting!
These quarterly meetings with the Department of Commerce along with the monthly meetings NAFTZ holds with CBP headquarters is succeeding in raising the visibility of the program and helping to give voice to concerns of NAFTZ members to our regulatory agencies.
We also had some springtime progress in our advocacy to secure the ability for FTZs to use 321/de minimis:
That’s just a little of what is going on this spring at NAFTZ. There will be more information on the advocacy initiatives NAFTZ is championing presented at the Spring Seminar to be held May 22 – 24 in Austin, TX and at our Annual Conference in Miami, FL, so register now and we’ll all see one another soon!
Follow our progress on our social media accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to see pictures of these meetings and to keep updated on Association news. And, of course, you can always contact me directly at Melissa.Irmen@iscm.co with any comments, questions or feedback.
Please join me in welcoming these new members and new committee members:
New Member Brad Reams, Great Plains Industrial Park, Service Provider Designated.