What does AAEI stand for?

AAEI is the American Association of Exporters and Importers.

Back to top

I’m interested in joining AAEI but would like more information before sending in my application. How can I get more information?

If you go to Services and Programs, you will find a complete description of the many benefits AAEI provides. To speak with a staff member about specific membership benefits, contact our membership department and we will be happy to speak with you. A membership application is available by clicking here.

Back to top

What are the qualifications for AAEI membership?

AAEI membership is made up of American corporations organized in the United States who export goods from or import goods into the United States; deal in goods for export or import; engage in providing services to the American international trade community; or are otherwise commercially interested in the promotion of expanded international trade. Membership categories are: Importer/Exporter, Law Firm, Customs Broker/Freight Forwarder, Trade Service, Port Authority, Trade Association (and related organization), and Academic.

For more information about membership and dues,click here.

Back to menu

How does AAEI membership benefit my company?

AAEI has a unique role, educating and speaking for both importers and exporters in the industry. The association is driven by a broad economic base of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and service providers. Its role in advancing both national and individual corporate interests is increasingly multifaceted. Some of the fundamental benefits include:

International Trade ALERT, the weekly newsletter which highlights recent developments in international business and related U.S. government agencies and committees of Congress

Advocacy through its representation on Capitol Hill and professional staff, which arranges meetings, training sessions and networking opportunities, and supports AAEI committee work

Education and training with the Annual International Trade Conference and Exhibition, regionally conferences and seminars, and workshops.

Back to top

What is the annual cost to belong to AAEI?

Membership dues are based on a company’s membership type and dollar value of volume of imports and exports or its number of employees handling trade in firm or company. A complete membership dues schedule is available here.

For more information about the annual membership dues,click here.

Back to top

I’m not sure if my company is already an AAEI member or not. How can I find out?

Individuals should contact our membership department to find out if their company belongs to AAEI.

Back to top

I am not an AAEI member. Can I be placed on the weekly newsletter distribution list anyway?

The electronically distributed newsletter, International Trade ALERT, is distributed to our members as a benefit of membership. If you are an individual within a member company, the primary contact recorded with AAEI will be required to contact staff to add you to the list of recipients. Primary contacts should email HQ@aaei.org to add additional personnel within the member company. AAEI will also add qualified members of academic institutions or members of government bodies to its distribution list.

Back to top

Oops, my dues renewal payment is overdue! Can I renew my AAEI membership online?

Yes! Dues renewals are now being accepted for processing online. Renewals are also accepted by mail with a company check or credit card. Contact us at HQ@aaei.org request a copy of your statement.

Back to top

Our primary contact is no longer with our company. How can I update our AAEI membership information?

To update your member record, please contact our membership department.

Back to top

Can I obtain a membership list from AAEI?

For privacy purposes, AAEI does not release our membership roster to the public. AAEI plans to provide a limited search mechanism in our “members only” section of the web site as a benefit to members to find trade service providers in the future. Click Resources to view other industry web sites that may provide additional information.

Back to top

What are the AAEI Committees?

Current standing committees are:

  • Chemicals and Bulk Commodities
  • Customs Policy and Procedures
  • Drawback and Duty Deferral
  • Export Compliance & Faciliation
  • Healthcare Industries
  • International Policy
  • Membership and Revenue
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Regulated Industries
  • Textiles, Apparel, & Footwear
  • Trade Policy
  • Western Regional

For more information on committees,click here.

Back to top

How do I participate on an AAEI committee?

Our committees are open to all members in good standing. To be added to a committee, please complete the committee sign up form and fax to us at 202-857-7843.

Back to top

I am a member of the press. How can I be added to the AAEI media list?

A: Please provide complete contact information (including your name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone, fax, and email address) and email us at HQ@aaei.org to request press privileges.

Back to menu

Does AAEI accept proposals from service providers to provide affinity programs at a discount to its members?

While its purpose is to promote and develop the global commerce of the United States and devote itself to matters that affect its membership, AAEI is conscious that there is a challenge of passing on a valuable and non-political affinity program that, at the same time, is relevant to members’ needs and fiscally fair. Acknowledging that dilemma, AAEI is willing to consider proposals from service providers that are aligned with the goals and mission of the association. If you have an opportunity to present for consideration, please contact our membership department.

Back to top

My company is already an AAEI member. How do I, as an employee, gain web access to the “members only” section?

The primary contact of the member company is required to set up web site access for you and any additional personnel of the company that would like to gain access to the “Members Only” section. To do this, please ask the primary contact to go towww.aaei.org and perform the following easy steps:

  1. Go to “Members Only” > “Update Your Profile”
  2. Log in with your user name and password.
    On the “Update Your Profile” page, you may find the list of existing personnel that have been automatically set up for “members only” access. Please be sure to pass the user names and passwords on to them so that they may take advantage of the AAEI web site.
  3. At the bottom of the page, click “Add New”
  4. The page will refresh. At the bottom of the page, click “New User.”
  5. Enter the name of the personnel, his/her email address, and assign a user name and password. The “new user” will have access to his/her profile and may change it any time by clicking “Update Your Profile” atwww.aaei.org.

Back to menu

My company just joined! How do I get a user name and password for web access to AAEI’s “members only” section?

An automatically generated email will be sent to you giving you registration instructions that allow you to take full advantage of the AAEI web site. As the primary contact, once you have registered yourself, you can grant the same access to other personnel that are included under your member record. (Please note that this web site access is not the same as being added to the ALERT distribution. See next FAQ.)

Back to top

My company is definitely a member, but I do not receive the ALERT. How can I be put on the newsletter list?

If you are an individual within a member company, the primary contact on record with AAEI will be required to contact us to add you as a new recipient of the ALERT.

Back to menu


How do I register for an event?

There are a variety of ways to register to attend an AAEI event. Online registration will be made available for most events, but you may also mail or fax your registration to AAEI staff. For special instructions, please contact our meetings department.

Back to top

I met a fellow trade professional at an AAEI meeting or seminar that I would like to reach. Can you provide contact information on your attendees?

The complete list of annual conference participants is provided to attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors as part of the registration fee. If you attended the annual conference and have not been sent the list, please contact our meetings department.

Back to menu

How can my company become an exhibitor or sponsor at an AAEI conference?

Exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities are available through our meetings department. To receive a prospectus, please contact our meetings department.

Back to menu

I would like to be a speaker at an AAEI conference. How can I get involved on a panel or give a presentation?

The conference planning committee sends invitations to presenters months in advance of the annual conferences. If you are interested in being considered, please contact AAEI staff.

Back to top


I need to obtain a list of potential freight forwarders to transport my product. Can AAEI help?

For privacy purposes, AAEI does not release our membership roster to the public. AAEI plans to provide a limited search mechanism in our “members only” section of the web site as a benefit for members to find trade service providers in the future. Click Resources to view other industry web sites that may provide additional information.

Back to top

With whom can I speak at AAEI for advice on exporting/importing goods in a specific industry?

AAEI recommends that you contact the Department of Commerce International Trade Administration for advice of this nature.

For more information about the International Trade Administration,click here.

Back to menu

I am a student researching international trade. With whom can I speak at AAEI for information on the industry?

AAEI’s staff of experts in the international trade industry are happy to speak with members about issues important to global commerce and the developments affecting policy, issues, and regulations — and that’s good news for you, because a recent bylaws change allows for student membership in AAEI! Student members are now offered the full array of benefits of membership including the weekly newsletter, the International Trade ALERT, discounted member rates for conference registration, access to the expertise of hundreds of professionals working in the international trade industry through networking opportunities such as committee participation or with our newest educational feature, the monthly hands-on webinars that are available only to AAEI members.

Back to menu


Can I post a job on AAEI’s Career page if my company is not a member?

Yes, but the cost for non-members is higher. So now is a great time for you to consider joining AAEI so that you can receive the member discount for job postings! The cost structure for employer packages is available in our online Career Center.

Back to top