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Getting the Goods From There to Here (and Back): How West Coast Port Congestion Impacts Cosmetic Industry Growth

  • 17 Feb 2015
  • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel - LAX, 5985 West Century Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90045


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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 (3rd Tuesday)

BIW Meeting & Installation of Officers

Time: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel LAX, 5985 West Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Getting the Goods From There to Here
(and Back):

How West Coast Port Congestion Impacts Cosmetic Industry Growth

Speaker:  Ivo T. Adamu, Managing Director - AIT TAHIPO

The LA/Long Beach port complex is the busiest in the entire nation, controlling about 40% of the US sea freight volume.  For the past 9 months it has been plagued by a crippling congestion that has had devastating consequences on the U.S. economy and to our industry as well.  Ivo Adamu’s presentation will explore some of the reasons for the congestion and its staggering impact on the trade community, for both  foreign-sourced components, products  and supplies as well as for Imported (and Exported )goods. He will discuss possible remedies for those in the Cosmetic industry and the importance of this issue to beauty industry growth and development. Ivo will also discuss FDA regulations on cosmetic imports and how importers can mitigate delays and by-pass potential examination of their goods in port which can cause further delays.

Ivo T. Adamu,  MBA,  LCB

Founder and Managing Director of AIT TAHIPO, an International Trade Consulting and Customs Brokerage firm located in Carson, California, Ivo Adamu is a 14-year industry veteran who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration. As a respected licensed customs broker and consultant who sits on multiple committees of the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association (LACBFFA), Ivo will provide some unique insights into his areas of expertise including International Trade Law, Free Trade Agreements, US Federal Trade Regulations and Compliance, Customs Brokerage options, Development and optimization of Trade Lanes, and new import/export regulations for the growing markets of Central and West Africa.

Adamu notes there is still confusion within the beauty industry regarding the best way to import ingredients, products or components without FDA delays and examination.  Importers need to be accurate with both the label copy, documents and the intended use of their products, which may affect rates and classifications of what constitutes a cosmetic product. Ivo will explore FDA’s definition of drug versus cosmetic, and other factors affecting classification including claims made on the product, consumer perception and label copy.  All products must be labelled accurately and good manufacturing practices are essential.  Ivo will discuss resources for import challenges as well as potential remedies for port congestion problems. This is a don’t miss presentation for any companies considering importation of goods, component or ingredients as well as those who are exporting them.


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  • Members - $45.00 (USD)- Up to 2 guests may be registered at the time of member registration.
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RESERVATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED by Monday, February 16th, AT Midnight,

After which a $15 LATE REGISTRATION FEE will apply.

NOTE:  Membership Directories will be distributed to paid members who are present at the meeting.  Others will be mailed following the meeting.




Appetizer : Sweet Briar Salad - Baby Mixed Greens, Sundried Cherries, Pistachio, topped with gorgonzola cheese

Entrée Choices:

Petit Filet Mignon - Creamy leeks, roasted Portobello Mushrooms, mashed potatoes with chives

Mahi Mahi Crusted with Tarragon & Shallots and Jasmine Rice, Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Vin Blanc Sauce

Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Ravioli with Cipollini Onion Mushroom Sauce

Dessert Lemon Cheesecake with Mixed Berries, served with Freshly Brewed Coffee, Tea & Iced Tea.

Self Parking & Valet Parking available:

Self Park:  No Charge with Validation at event

Valet Park:  $12.00 with Validation



Bay Cities is the leading designer and manufacturer of innovative point of purchase displays, retail packaging, in-store signage, digital printing and packout & fulfillment. Operating out of two adjacent 100,000 sq. ft. facilities, we use state-of-the-art design, manufacturing, and printing technologies to deliver custom packaging and display solutions that make products stand out at retail. Our strategic location near three main ports allows for complete transportation from port to receiving, completing our one-stop-shop model. We are equipped with the knowledge of executing programs in a variety of retail channels, including mass retailers, specialty, drug, chain, and club stores.

Contact: Kristin Jensen,
Bay Cities
5138 Industry Ave
Pico Rivera, CA 90660


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