Christopher Smith is a trade advisor in the Customs Coordination Center, North America for IKEA Purchasing Services (US) Inc. He received a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York College at Brockport in 1996 and obtained his Customs Brokers License in 1998. From 1992 to 2006 Mr. Smith worked for Eastman Kodak Company in warehouse and logistics primarily as an Import Compliance Specialist. In his current position with IKEA his responsibilities include establishing and maintaining corporate compliance with all US Customs and other Government agency regulations, assist in communicating compliance requirements globally in the IKEA organization, develop and manage Customs related projects for North America.
“Concerns over the PGA integration into ACE and how it could affect our zone, was the main reason for rejoining NAFTZ. Since joining NAFTZ has given me great opportunities for professional growth. Being a member on the User/Operator committee, participating on a number of different working groups, to being a speaker at conferences have all come from being a member of the association. After being encouraged by two board members who I respect and admire, Rebecca Williams and Cornelia Steinert, I am now been given this chance to continue to grow while serving on the Board for the organization which has given me so much as a member.”