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2017 Trade Trends Report

November 7, 2017

Now Available: Results from the AAEI Survey on Sourcing, Trade and e-Commerce, conducted in partnership with Amber Road, are now available for free download. What’s in the report? Early in 2017, the WTO expected trade volumes to rebound from its tepid performance in 2016, but only if the global economy recovered as expected and governments …

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Lighthizer Confirmed for USTR

May 12, 2017

The US Senate confirmed Robert Lighthizer for United States Trade Representative on May 11, 2017 with a bipartisan vote of 82-14. Lighthizer is a trade attorney and a partner with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. His career experience includes serving as deputy trade representative during the Reagan Administration. President Trump …

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AAEI Releases “Blueprint” for Trusted Traders

January 8, 2015

AAEI launched a major initiative in December with its release of a white paper called, “A Blueprint to Trust”.  The proposal outlines a comprehensive and holistic trusted trader program to encompass all federal agencies regulating imports and importers under one uniform system offering meaningful benefits to both agencies and businesses. AAEI met with key government leaders …

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SOLAS Update: USCG Says Existing Laws Are Equivalent to New Requirements

May 9, 2016

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has declared that the existing laws and regulations for verifying container weight are equivalent to the new Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requirements taking effect globally on July 1, 2016. The USCG recently sent a letter to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) declaring that current federal and state laws …

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Use Smartphone to Show TPA Support

May 8, 2015

A new smartphone app developed by the Trade Benefits America coalition is now available for voters to contact their Congressional representatives in support of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (S. 995 – the Trade Promotion Authority or “Fast Track” bill). Senate Majority Leader McConnell has set a vote on the bill for …

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2017 AAEI – FTA Western Regional Conference

February 7, 2017

The 2017 FTA-AAEI Western Regional Conference, which was held in Torrance, California was two-day conference on importing, exporting and e-commerce topics for companies involved in international trade. It took place on January 30-31, 2017 at the Toyota USA Automobile Museum. The keynote speakers were Ms. LaFonda Sutton-Burke, CBP Port Director, Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport and DHS Assistant Secretary …

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CBP under Pressure Moves October 1 Deadline for ACE

September 7, 2016

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced it is moving the October 1st ACE transition date for drawback and reconciliation to Saturday, October 29, 2016. The decision came a week after AAEI submitted a letter to DHS Deputy Secretary Mayorkas about concerns over the October 1st ACE transition date. In the letter, AAEI requested that …

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2015 ACE Software Developer Session Postponed until Further Notice

February 27, 2015

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a special message Friday night, February 27, 2015, to postpone the ACE Software Developer Session originally scheduled for March 3-4, 2015 in Washington, DC. The event is being postponed until further notice due to the midnight shutdown deadline over funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). CBP …

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Relaxed Enforcement Announced for SOLAS

June 2, 2016

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently announced it has relaxed its stance on the enforcement of new Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations due to take effect on July 1st that make container weighing mandatory, instructing regulators to take “a practical and pragmatic approach” when enforcing the new regulations for a period of three …

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New: FDA Import Requirements and Best Practices

January 12, 2016

AAEI is offering free downloads of its recent update to the manual, FDA Import Requirements and Best Practices for Drugs and Medical Devices. A cross-functional team from branded and generic pharmaceutical and medical device companies prepared this manual in order to assist the US importer of FDA regulated merchandise. Compliance to the FDA’s import regulations …

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