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 at the Border Interagency Executive Council (BIEC) to formally offer the proposal, which would create similar holistic risk management model for all trade regulating agencies that is currently demonstrating success at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

“The risk management approach we’ve seen CBP adopt has saved the government billions of dollars while enhancing the security of the nation,” said AAEI Present and CEO Marianne Rowden after the BIEC meeting. “The other government agencies can use the same approach to meet their statutory mission while achieving the goal set in the President’s Executive Order.”

BIEC is the policymaking body tasked with implementing the President’s Executive Order 103659-Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses.

“Importers are not just dealing with CBP on US imports,” said AAEI Chair Katie Terricciano. “They’re spending substantial time and money awaiting release from other government agencies, like the FDA and the EPA. The benefits of an efficient customs release is often offset by extensive release delays from the OGA’s.  Everybody wins if there’s a uniform risk-based system we can all work with.”

Fact Sheet: AAEI’S “A Blueprint to Trust”