The 28th BAFT Annual Conference on International Trade, specifically designed for international trade practitioners, is focused on the key issues that enhance the growth and impact of trade finance on the economy.

Playing to Our Strengths

It takes a village to facilitate trade for our customers. For success, each player must partner – banks and non-bank financial institutions, regulators, customs, logistics and insurance providers, export credit agencies, fintechs and regtechs, to mention a few – each has its own expertise and play a critical role in the process. In a world where competition abounds, it’s time for collaboration to leverage each other’s strengths. This year’s conference was developed to showcase the importance of collaboration and playing to each of our strengths!

Powerful Line-Up of Influential Women Headline this Year’s Event
  • Andrea Sharrin
  • Associate Director, Policy Division
  • Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Nazak Nikakhtar
  • Assistant Secretary for Industry & Analysis
  • US Department of Commerce
  • Diane Swonk
  • Chief Economist
  • Grant Thornton
  • Amy Celico
  • Principal
  • Albright Stonebridge Group
  • Karen Tramontano
  • Co-founder and CEO
  • Blue Star Strategies, LLC
  • Who Should Attend

    Trade professionals from the financial and non-financial industry, including consulting firms, technology sector, importers, exporters, brokers, insurance providers, government and anyone else involved in international trade transactions. Executives and professionals in the transaction banking and trade, representing over 100+ companies and institutions attended last year's conference. See the full list below.

    Attendee Testimonials
    “I got the opportunity to interact with people from a broad cross-section of the industry and exchange ideas which was very useful and informative. “
    “Continues to provide great insights on trends for Trade practitioners."
    “There are many similar forums where bankers discuss ongoing issues. But BAFT's conference participants and organizers provide you with the most up-to-date agenda to explore and find answers to important matters for global, regional and local banks.”
    Earn Up To 14 CPDs for CDCS Recertification

    Are you a Certified Document Credit Specialist (CDCS)? You can earn up to 14 continuing professional development (CPD) credits towards your recertification by attending the conference.

  • Pre-Conference Workshop
  • BAFT Supply Chain Finance Bootcamp
  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018
  • Swisshotel, Chicago, IL
  • Add the pre-conference bootcamp on Supply Chain Finance to your Annual Conference on International Trade registration. This often sold-out pre-conference event is a full day deep dive training led by Supply Chain Finance expert, Mr. Alexander Malaket, President of OPUS Advisory Services International Inc., in Canada, and Founder and Managing Director of Trade Finance Associates Pte in Singapore.

    Receive a special bundled pricing when you register for both. See pricing below.

    Hotel Accommodations
  • Swissôtel Chicago
  • 323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
  • (312) 565-0565
  • Room block deadline: Friday, September 7
  • A special block of rooms are reserved for conference attendees. Rooms are limited and often sell out. Attendees must book their room directly with the hotel before Friday, September 7 to avail of this special attendee room rate. Please refer to the Hotel Accommodation page for additional information and to reserve online today.

    Register for the Trade Conference Now!

    Two ways to register:

    1. 1. Download and complete the PDF form. Fax completed form to BAFT.
    2. 2. Register online by clicking the Register button below.
    Trade Conference Only
    Early Bird
    Friday, August 17
    After Friday, August 17
    Government/ Future Leader Alumni11001100
    Trade Conference + Supply Chain Finance Bootcamp Pre-conference Workshop
    Early Bird
    Friday, August 17
    After Friday, August 17
    Conference + Bootcamp Member16501850
    Conference + Bootcamp non-member NonMember23502550
    Conference + Bootcamp Govt/Fututre Leader Alumni14001400

    *A $100 group discount applies to five (5) or more BAFT members registered at the same time at the full conference rate. Please contact to register. Group discount does not apply to non-members/government/single day/corporate/any discounted registrations.