TRADE PARLEY TODAY: Preparations for the end of the World Trade Organization quota system — which is due to expire in 409 days — will be the key topic at a seminar in New York today. The 15th annual Textiles & Apparel Trade & Transportation Conference, held by the U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel and the American Import Shippers Association, runs from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers.

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Speakers from the apparel and shipping industries, as well as the government, will address what’s likely to happen when the WTO nations drop quotas in 2005, and what U.S. companies need to do to prepare for that event.

Among those expected to present are Janet Labuda, director of the textile enforcement and operations division of the Bureau of Customs & Border Protection; Peter McGrath, president of J.C. Penney Purchasing Corp.; Carlos Arias, executive vice president of the Guatemalan apparel manufacturer Koramsa, and Brian McNamara, principal investment officer in the global manufacturing services department of the International Finance Corp., a unit of the World Bank.

Former U.S. Senator and NBA star Bill Bradley is to give the lunch talk.

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