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Conferences, Conferences and Bugs…educate yourself and your team and spread good will, not invasive species

By Debbie Dent
Director, Program Services
Border Connect, Inc.


Registration for the 2019 CTPAT Conference in San Antonio, TX will open June 3, 2019 at 10 am EDT

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released its 2019 CTPAT Conference information after weeks of only a “save-the-date” notification. The conference will be held in San Antonio, TX. The conference dates are June 25 – 26, 2019.  June 25 will be a general session with multiple speakers and panel discussions.  June 26 will be a day of workshops.  Both days will begin at 8 am and conclude around 5:30 pm.  

  • The registration fee is $142 USD. Registration must be made online.
  • Payment must be made by credit card via the online system.
  • Registration for the conference will be confirmed and processed on a first-come, first-served basis once payment has been received. 
  • Please monitor your email and the CTPAT website for the registration link that opens on June 3, 2019 at 10 am EDT
  • Any questions please write the 2019 CTPAT Conference mailbox at:  

Agriculture Pest Contamination

 Agriculture is the largest industry and employment sector in the U.S., with more than $1 trillion dollars in economic activity.  Agriculture Pest Contamination will soon be a CTPAT highway carrier responsibility under a new category of transportation security. New sections like this one will include detailing internal controls for compliance, auditing practices, documentation and disciplinary procedures.

Recently another business associate brought to our attention some new rules that came into affect on May 1, 2019 that can be used to demonstrate compliance to this new responsibility:

Permits and Training Required by Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to Prevent Spread of Spotted Lantern Fly, Effective May 2019

 To prevent the further spread of the Spotted Lanternfly (which is damaging to agriculture), a series of quarantined areas have been designated in southeastern Pennsylvania and in and around Philadelphia. The spotted lanternfly is an invasive species of insects from Asia that first appeared in Pennsylvania in 2014.

If your trucks stop in the quarantine zones for any purpose (other than for refueling or at a traffic signal), including to take a rest break, your drivers are required to obtain training and a permit is required for the truck.

The training and permits are FREE and can be completed online. Enforcement will commence May 2019 with roadside stops. States that surround the quarantine areas (NY, DE and NJ) will also be conducting stops, checking logs and bills of lading. All surrounding states will be recognizing permits and training received through the Pennsylvania program.

A company manager will have to take a short online course through Penn State’s Agriculture Extension Service. The training typically takes 1.5 hours or less to complete. Once completed, the manager can order the permits and train drivers and warehouse workers.

After online training is completed, companies will be able to request the number of permits they require. Permits are sent via mail and arrive within 2-3 weeks.

For detailed information on the training and permits, please go to For an interactive map of the affected areas, please click here.

For some additional information here is another helpful link: ttps://   

Upcoming Detroit area event (Save the Date):

8th Annual Trade Day at Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit will be held Tuesday, August 13, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  This event provides trade with an opportunity to interact with CBP personnel, Detroit Field Office trade staff, Canadian Government Officials and a multitude of representatives from Partner Government Agencies (PGA). In addition, formal presentations shall be given continuously throughout the day providing information on current programs and policies relating to import and export of merchandise.

Registration for this free event shall be open until July 26, 2019 and can be completed online at To register after that date please e-mail the Trade Team at  . The same e-mail can be used if you have questions related to this event.

The only thing consistent in the world of international business is change!

Debbie Dent can be reached at 1-800-596-5176 or by e-mail

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