COSTHA 2019 Forum Roundtables & Networking Events

Roundtables and networking events are for registered attendees of the forum.

First-Time Meeting Attendees Orientation

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Whether you’re new to COSTHA or simply attending our Forum for the first time, this orientation is the perfect introduction to COSTHA. Members and staff will be there to answer any questions you may have about the Forum or COSTHA in general, and help you make the most of your time at the meeting. This session will help you navigate your way through the meeting.

Included with your registration. 

COSTHA’S Sunday Night Socializer

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Harbor Cruise on Sir Winston Yacht with buffet dinner and cash bar. Join us for this great opportunity to meet your counterparts from around the globe in a small informal environment before the meeting begins. Guests and spouses of registered attendees are welcome. We have limited space available, so sign up early!

$60 per person

North American Automotive Hazmat Action Committee (NAAHAC) Meeting

(For NAAHAC Members Only)

Monday, April 8, 2019, 8:00am - 5:00pm &
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 7:30am - 9:00am

NAAHAC is an issue-driven, action-oriented voluntary working group of hazardous materials/dangerous goods transportation professionals within their respective North American and key supplier organizations. NAAHAC’s purpose is to consider and respond to the vital hazardous materials and dangerous goods issues of its membership. By leveraging its combined vehicle component and regulatory expertise, NAAHAC members examine pending and current hazmat regulations to develop concise, informed responses for submission to the appropriate authorities. NAAHAC strives to workwith the regulators for the purpose of providing safe and realistic solutions to hazmat transportation issues impacting global commerce. COSTHA NAAHAC members meet to discuss current issues with key regulators and industry experts.

Included with your registration for NAAHAC Members.

Air Carrier Roundtable (ACRT)

(for COSTHA Air Carrier Members Only)

Monday, April 8, 2019
9:00am - 5:00pm

This group actively represents air carriers from all segments of the industry. The ACRT and COSTHA staff continue to successfully petition the US DOT for regulatory clarification, extensions and alignment of regulations with the UN Model Regulations and the International Civil Aviation Organization. COSTHA Air Carrier Roundtable members meet during the annual forum to discuss current issues with key regulators and industry experts.

Included with your registration for ACRT Members.

IVODGA Membership Meeting and Speakers Presentations

(for IVODGA Members Only)

Monday, April 8, 2019
1:00pm - 5:00pm

The International Vessel Operators Dangerous Goods Association (IVODGA) is an international organization comprised of representatives of the ocean common carriers of the world, operating under the flags of several nations. IVODGA members meet during the annual forum to discuss current issues with key regulators and industry experts.

Included with your registration for IVODGA Members. 

Canada Working Group

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
10:45am - 12:00pm

Members with operations in Canada or who ship to, within and from Canada find this informal working group key to forming relationships with the management team at Transport Canada and to tracking the latest changes in the Canadian and transborder requirements. The group schedules meetings with Transport Canada, and COSTHA staff serves on Transport Canada’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods General Policy Advisory Council, and participates on the US - Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) and the Multi-Association Committee on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (MACTDG). COSTHA works with the Transport Dangerous Goods (TDG) Directorate and also Health Canada’s Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau. COSTHA actively works with member companies and responds to requests for consultation from Transport Canada. This working group will meet to discuss current issues with key regulators and industry experts.

Included with your registration. 

Focus Group Working Lunch Topics

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
12:00pm - 1:15pm

Participate in an interactive issue-driven lunch group discussion included free with your forum registration. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the issues impacting the industry and what it means to your company’s business. Since this is a very dynamic time, topics for the working lunch focus groups are issue-driven and will be finalized and announced prior to the forum. For this session on the registration form, please let us know if you have a suggested topic, would prefer to be notified of the topics as they are finalized, or select the opportunity to network with your peers in the general lunch session. If you are unsure, you can choose at a later date.

Included with your registration.

How to Prepare for a Regulatory Inspection Workshop

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
8:30am - 10:30am

This workshop will include:

  • Quick briefing from each regulatory agency as to what they look for during an inspection and the information used to identify companies for a compliance visit.
  • Question and answer session

The following agencies have been invited:

Included with your registration.

USPS Briefing / US Postal Service Roundtable

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
11:00am - 12:15pm

The USPS Roundtable is an opportunity to meet in an informal setting to discuss postal issues, requirements, quetsions and use of the USPS for consumer distribution. This roundtable will provide an opportunity to meet one-on-one or in a small group environment [with the USPS] to discuss postal service related issues. Members who use the postal service for consumer deliveries, e-commerce distribution or who wish to learn more about the USPS or the use of Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail should plan on attending this roundtable. 

Included with your registration. 

E-Commerce Working Group

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
1:00pm - 2:15pm

The working group will identify areas of risk, geographies where more information needs to be provided, or regulations requiring updating, and identify best practices for reverse logistics to ensure the safe and efficient delivery and return of goods to and from consumers. This working group meeting provides the opportunity to meet and discuss current issues with key regulators and industry experts.

Included with your registration.

China Working Group

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
2:15pm - 3:30pm

The working group will discuss the recently issued road regulations in China and implementation status, including COSTHA input to the new industry guides for limited quantity and excepted quantity shipments through our “China Team”. The meeting will provide an opportunity to ask questions about the current regulations and identify priority issues for future activities.

Life Sciences Roundtable

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
3:30pm - 4:30pm

The Life Sciences industry includes many fields such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, biomedical technologies, cosmetics, food processing, and biomedical devices. The Life Sciences industry faces many issues during global transportation beyond hazardous materials/dangerous goods. These include packaging, classification, cold chain logistics, chain of custody, and trade compliance. Other types of regulations may also apply to global shipments, including chemical control and customs regulations such as Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and customs. This interactive roundtable will explore these common issues and the mechanisms that companies employ to cover this maze of regulations facing global transportation.

Included with your registration.