Event Details

On Thursday, 16 February, AMCHAM will be holding a special briefing session with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency. The delegation, led by Executive Assistant Commissioner, Ms AnnMarie R. Highsmith, will be providing the latest information on CPB actions to stem forced labor incidents in Malaysia and around transhipments impacting Malaysian exports.

She will also be detailing the agency's green trade strategy and looks to have a discussion on driving Malaysia's strength as a reliable trading partner.

Accompanying Ms Highsmith will be members of her team including the Executive Director for Trade Remedy Law Enforcement, Eric Choy who spoke to AMCHAM in 2022.

Space is limited, please register as soon as possible.


Date: Thursday, 16 February 2023

Time: 2.00 pm – 4.00pm (Registration starts at 1.30pm)

Venue: AMCHAM Executive Office (Level 10, Bangunan Faber Imperial Court, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur)

For inquiries, please email our events team at events@amcham.com.my


  • AnnMarie R. Highsmith (Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP))

    AnnMarie R. Highsmith

    Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

    Ms. AnnMarie R. Highsmith is the Executive Assistant Commissioner (EAC) of Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Ms. Highsmith oversees a diverse portfolio of trade enforcement, security, and facilitation to enable legitimate trade, contribute to American economic prosperity, and protect against risks to public health and safety. Her work ranges from enforcing over 500 U.S. trade laws and overseeing 14 trade agreements, to directing CBP’s seven Priority Trade Issues in collaboration with 49 partner
    government agencies.

    From 2013 to 2021, Ms. Highsmith served as the Deputy Chief Counsel for CBP, where she was the chief operating officer of one of the premier legal offices in Government, managing and directing a staff of 400 legal professionals in 31 offices nationwide. In 2020,
    Ms. Highsmith served as Acting Chief Counsel for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In that capacity, she provided effective leadership for the agency's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring public safety and the security of the national food
    supply chain, while protecting American jobs. Ms. Highsmith joined the Senior Executive Service (SES) as the Associate Chief Counsel (Trade and Finance), CBP, in Washington, D.C. In that role, she served as the principal legal advisor for CBP on all matters involving
    customs laws, as they impact on trade, and a broad range of fiscal matters. In 2013, she served as the Acting Associate General Counsel for General Law, in the Office of the
    General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security, providing leadership and timely, practical legal advice and guidance to successfully implement the over $3 billion sequestration. A native Californian, Ms. Highsmith began her legal career in 1992 as a Staff Attorney with the U.S. Customs Service, at the Office of the Regional Counsel, in Long Beach, California.

    Ms. Highsmith received her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1992, and her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Pepperdine
    University in 1988. She is a 2011 graduate of the Harvard University Senior Managers in Government program. In 2017, Ms. Highsmith was awarded a Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award.

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Level 10, Bangunan Faber Imperial Court, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

If you have any questions please contact Christy Ooi

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