LAREDO, Texas – One of the top events on the calendar for trade and logistics firms in Laredo each year is the Pathways For Trade Symposium.

This year’s event takes place September 10-11 at Texas A&M International University’s Student Center Ballroom and Auditorium. This year’s theme is titled “Adaptive Global Trade: New Rules, Technology and E-Commerce.

Olivia Varela

The international trade community and general public is invited to attend.

Keynote Speakers for this year include Sarah Goldfeder, Government Relations & Strategic Communications Consultant at Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Mtro. Agustin Barrios Gomez, General Partner, International Capital Partners (ICP), Todd Owen, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Fernando Mayer, USMCA Trade Agreement Former Negotiator, Embassy of Mexico, Washington, D.C. 

The annual symposium is brought through a collaboration of business associations: the Laredo Economic Development Corporation, Logistics and Manufacturing Association (LMA), Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), Association of Logistics and Forwarding Agents (ALFA), Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association (LLUSCBA), Laredo College Economic Development Center, and Laredo Motor Carriers Association (LMCA). 

“This signature event focuses on trade issues and policies that impact the US, Mexico and Canada on economic development issues and industries like transportation, manufacturing, energy and workforce,” said Carlo Molano, co-chair of the symposium.

Agustín Barrios Gómez

“This year’s topics are Global Trade Agreements, Commerce and Trade Wars, Border Economy, The State of Trade, In Bond Shipments, Evolution of Manufacturing, Disruptive Technology, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Modernization of Cross Border, E-Freight, E-Commerce, and other critical topics,” said Olivia Varela, president & CEO of Laredo Economic Development Corporation.

The North American Trade Celebration reception is set for Tuesday evening sponsored by International Bank of Commerce at the IBC Annex. 

Regular registration fee is $225/person and $80 for Professor, Student, and University & Community College Administration with valid current school ID. Registration includes access to reception, 2 luncheons and a breakfast. 

For information and registration, call Laredo EDC at (956) 722-0563 or visit the website at or