Committee Updates

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Aerospace & Defense

Aerospace & Defense Industry members work to streamline their entry processes through AAEI outreach to with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Defense Department and the State Department.

Committee Targets: Modification of CBP’s “reasonable care” definition to encompass use of AI in trade applications; Streamlining importer compliance for 9808 Military Duty-Free Provision

Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

Border Interagency

Each month, the Border Interagency Committee focuses on the top Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) affecting trade. Guest speakers from PGAs are invited to discuss the current trade issues they are working on and answer questions from AAEI Members.

Committee Targets:  One U.S. Government at the Border (1USG); Harmonized entry processes for all PGAs

Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

Customs Policy and Procedures

The Customs Committee meets monthly to work on operational and regulatory issues involving U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Two of the committee’s top issues are Forced Labor enforcement, including the implementation of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), and the 21st Century Customs Framework initiative.

Committee Targets: Progress on Forced Labor, 21CCF, understanding corporate compliance for new broker regulations; Trusted Trader.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. EDT

Drawback and Duty Deferral

AAEI’s Drawback Committee focuses on regulatory changes and administrative problems on same-condition and substitution drawback and special duty deferral programs, such as temporary import bond entries.

Committee Targets: Privilege application and ruling delays; Inconsistencies in direction with drawback filing at The Centers; Export manifest for proof of export

Next Meeting: Thursday, June 22, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

Export Compliance and Facilitation

Each month, the Export Committee updates members on the rapid changes for exporting goods, including sanctions, embargoes and loss of trade preferences. The committee also works on Export Modernization.

Committee targets: Compliance requirements for international sanctions; advocacy for Export Modernization

Next Meeting: Thursday, July 20, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

Healthcare Industries

AAEI’s Healthcare Industry Committee meets quarterly to work on improvements for import compliance with the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Some of the current issues include updating intended use codes and Import for Export, which allows companies to import an unapproved product for further processing and exported out of the U.S. at a later date.

Committee targets: Improving intended use codes; Recommendations for FDA on Import for Export (IFE)

Next Meeting: Thursday, June 22, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

International Policy

AAEI’s International Policy Committee takes a global view of international trade, such as gauging the impact of the recent key trade initiatives approved by the World Trade Organization and advocacy efforts to improve global supply chain resiliency.

Committee targets: World Customs Organization; Multilateral trade coalitions; Global port congestion 

Next Meeting: Thursday, July 27, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

Textiles, Apparel and Footwear 

AAEI’s Textiles Committee holds bi-monthly meetings to focus on the challenges facing companies in the textiles industry, including high duty rates and Forced Labor enforcement. This committee works closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Committee targets: Enforcement of Forced Labor Prevention laws involving apparel and footwear; First sale; Section 301 tariffs; Tracking e-commerce compliance

Next Meeting: Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

Trade Policy

AAEI’s Trade Policy Committee focuses on U.S. trade policy, including free trade agreements, tariff-rate quotas and trade preference programs.

Committee targets: 2023 US trade policy; Section 301 tariffs review at USTR; MTB/GSP Passage; Monitoring impact of TRQs

Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. EDT


AAEI’s Transpacific Committee works on challenges facing companies doing business with Pacific Rim countries, including port congestion and supply chain resiliency. Currently, the committee is watching labor negotiations involving about 30 ports along the West Coast

Committee targets: Implementation of 2022 Ocean Shipping Reform Act and ; FMC engagement; Demurrage and detention billing; supply chain infrastructure

Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at 3:30 p.m. EDT