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2023 Footwear Tariff & Customs Digital Conference

A MUST ATTEND EVENT FOR ANY COMPANY IMPORTING SHOES INTO THE U.S. Gain clarity around tariffs and customs issues that could save you a large duty bill at a time when cutting costs is key.

Footwear Tariff & Customs Digital Conference
Wednesday, November 15, 2023  |  1:00 – 4:00 pm ET


  • Includes an off-the-record, live digital sample review with U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) National Import Specialist Stacey Kalkines, where we classify new samples and help train professionals on new duty rulings.
  • Stacey is THE footwear classification 🤔 decision-maker at CBP. The event is a great opportunity to ask her 🙋 classification questions. There are more than 400 ways to classify a shoe, and small changes mean a huge difference in tariff rates — and 💲cost for companies!
  • We will show your 👠 samples onscreen during the event, and our expert panel debates how the footwear should be classified. The session is not recorded, so you want to be there live!
  • Eric Batt, CBP’s Apparel, Footwear, and Textiles Center Director, will give an update on trade enforcement.
  • We will also cover tariff policy and reengineering techniques, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) updates, emerging classification issues and new rulings, 301 tariff and trade updates (MTB, GSP, exclusion process, etc.), and a look at 2023 trade policy beyond.


1:00 pm — Quarterly Update from U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)

  • Eric BattDirector, Apparel, Footwear and Textile Center, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

1:30 pm — Major Footwear Classification Updates

  • John Pellegrini, Customs Specialist, FDRA
  • Thomas Crockett, Vice President, Government Affairs, FDRA

2:00 pm — Key Trade, Customs, and Supply Chain Issues: What Companies Need to Know in 2023

  • Nicole Porpiglia, Senior Manager, Trade & Customs, KPMG
  • Matt Priest, President & CEO, FDRA
  • Moderated by Thomas Crockett, Vice President, Government Affairs, FDRA

2:30 pm — Interactive Virtual Sample Review

  • Stacey Kalkines, National Import Specialist, Footwear, U.S. Customs
  • John Pellegrini, Customs Specialist, FDRA
  • Aliya Grosfeld, Laboratory Director, Tariff Solutions LLC

4:00 pm — Discussion, Wrap-Up and Adjournment


Eric Batt
Director, Apparel Footwear Textile
Center for Excellence & Expertise (CEE)

Stacey Kalkines
National Import Specialist, Footwear
U.S. Customs


John Pellegrini
Customs Specialist


Nicole Porpiglia
Senior Manager, Trade & Customs

Aliya Grosfeld
Laboratory Director
Tariff Solutions LLC

Thomas Crockett
Vice President, Government Affairs

Matt Priest
President & CEO