AAEI's 2024 Annual Conference will be June 10-12, 2024 at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. Remember to book a room when you register!

June 10, 2024


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12:00 p.m.

Registration Opens

5:00 p.m.

Opening Toast & Welcome Reception

June 11, 2024


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7:00 a.m.

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:00 a.m.


General Session

8:05 a.m.

Fireside Chat with CBP Leadership

CBP Executive Assistant Commissioner AnnMarie Highsmith

Join U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) leadership for an overview of CBP’s priorities and operational challenges, including 21CCF; CEEs; CTPAT; de minimis; IPR; ACE 2.0, and; illegal fentanyl shipments.

9:00 a.m.

Washington Insiders: Trade Policy Essentials

Ned Steiner, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
Nasim Fussell, Lot Sixteen
Alex Perkins, Mehlman Consulting
Jessica Libby, KPMG
Tom Gould, Flexport

2024 brings a presidential and congressional election year. By the time voters arrive at the polls, the scripts may have already been written on where Congress and the President-elect plan to shape trade policy. Learn from Washington insiders and observers about which polices will take center stage this year and beyond.

9:50 a.m.

Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

10:05 a.m.

Forced Labor CBP: Avoid the Bullseye
(This session is off-the-record)

Terje Gloerstad, FloraTrace
Brian Hoxie, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Christopher Mabelitini, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection decision-makers discuss and update attendees on the agency’s Forced Labor enforcement

10:35 a.m.

Forced Labor Industry Perspective: Avoid the Bullseye
(This session is off-the-record)

Laura Rabinowitz, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Phil Poland, Illuminate
Jerry Cook, Hanesbrands
Janet Ydavoy, 101 Solutions
Jerry Cook, Hanesbrands, Inc. 

Importers are continually caught arbitrarily in the crosshairs of the rebuttable presumption that goods produced, wholly or in part, in the Xinjiang Region were made with forced labor. Find out how companies are leveraging tools throughout their supply chains to reduce risks and minimize CBP’s forced labor scrutiny.

11:25 a.m.

Country Trade Updates: It’s a Small World After All​

Bart Jan Koopman, European Shippers’ Council
Kim Campbell, IE Canada
Roberto Serralde, Sánchez DeVanny Eseverri, S.C.

With the right intelligence on changes to global requirements, importers and exporters can avoid disruptions, mitigate risk, lower cost, and support long-term growth. Trade experts from Asia, Latin American, and Europe will help you better understand the rules, implications, and aspects of trade compliance in their regions.

12:50 p.m.

Advocating for Your Company: Influencing the Insiders

Mitchell Hart, AAEI
Marc Hebert, Jones Walker LLP
Kendrick Meek, King & Spalding LLP
Tina Kimble, Novelis

Are you ready to make your voice heard where it matters most? Hear from current and former congressional policy makers on how to advance your company’s trade priorities while mastering effective communication strategies.

1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Speakers & Networking

Topic: Politics 2024 – Election Update

Brian Pomper, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

As presidential candidates lock up their party’s nominations and Congress prepares for a new round of state and district elections, what can we expect from the 2024 elections. Election and party experts look ahead to how changes in Congress and the White House might impact domestic and international policies.

2:10 p.m. (concurrent)

Drawback: Duty Savings through Diligence

Dave Corn, C.J. Holt
Michael Cerny, Charter Brokerage
Brandon Morris, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Sheila Milne, KPMG

Many importers do not realize full duty recovery to optimize trade compliance departments as profit versus cost centers. Learn how you can cultivate the latest duty drawback approaches for maximum gain.

2:10 p.m. (concurrent)

PGAs: 50 “Pains” of The Single Window

Heidi Woods, Medtronic
Cindy Allen, Trade Force Multiplier
Arthur Laciak, CPSC
Joseph H. Rieras, J.D., FDA
John Martin Jackson, FDA

The U.S. Government’s Single Window ambitions have promised importers and exporters the ability to traverse the myriad of required PGA data and receive a single release at the border. Learn how PGA’s are addressing the “pain” points and seeking to limit redundancy and streamline processes to arrive at a Single Window for U.S. companies.

3:10 p.m.

Export Town Hall

Bureau of Industry and Security

Over the last decade, the Department of Commerce has been tasked with a dual role of promoting U.S. businesses abroad while protecting against the exporting of critical U.S. technology and services. Hear from Department of Commerce’s leadership as they map out the department’s priorities and how U.S. businesses can remain compliant.

4:05 p.m.

Executive Keynote

Topic: Supply Chain Resiliency

Over the last five years, vulnerabilities in the global supply chain has made it critical for companies to be proactive and reactive when supply chain disruptions occur. Hear how the government is preparing for the next supply chain disruption and how your role might ensure that your company is prepared for the next black swan event.

5:00 p.m.

Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall

June 12, 2024


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7:00 a.m.

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:05 a.m.

C-Suite Panel 1: Fireside Chat on the Value of Compliance Professionals to the C-Suite

(This session is off-the-record)

Ted Sherman, Hasbro and AAEI Chair

Greg Hewitt, DHL Express (USA)

CEOs need more information on how to navigate mounting geopolitical challenges in their supply chains. This panel will look at how trade compliance professionals are contributing to C-suite business decision making and aiding in advancing a company’s profit priorities.

8:35 a.m.

C-Suite Panel 2: A Conversation on How to Communicate Compliance Wins and Challenges to the C-Suite

(This session is off-the-record)

Lenny Feldman, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
Aaron Gothelf, The Disney Company
Fanny Hanono, President, GFX Trade

9:30 a.m. (concurrent)

AI: Automated Reasonable Care

Julie Parks, Raytheon
Amy Morgan, Altana AI
Thariq Kara, BITE
Todd Smith, KYG Trade

From classification to vendor screening to supply chain mapping, AI or machine learning promises to give importers and exporters new tools to improve compliance. This panel will examine how to utilize these tools to meet Customs’ reasonable care standards.

9:30 a.m. (concurrent)

GTM Solutions: Automate or Perish 2.0

Michele Snider, Buckland
Kari Finch, General Mills
Steve Johnsen, Bayer International Trade Service Corporation
Mary Cagle, Copper Hill

Centrally managed business processes related to global trade have become a necessity. This panel will examine how global trade management solutions can lead to improved regulatory compliance, vendor screening, and accurate landing costs.

10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

11:00 a.m. (concurrent)

Export Sanctions: Building Future Business Opportunities

Chelsea Ellis, Rimon, P.C.
John Johnson, Bureau of Industry and Security
Sydney Palmer, KPMG
Carlos Ortiz, Nouryon

The wide-ranging sanctions and export controls that the U.S. and its partners have imposed on Russia and China pose complex compliance challenges for U.S. exporters. This panel will explore strategies to establish and monitor compliance while building new business prospects.

11:00 a.m. (concurrent)

Supply Chain Mapping: Charting Your Course

Vince Iacopella, Alba Wheels Up International
Farley Mesko, Sayari
Matt Schrap, Harbor Trucking Association
Cely Coleman, Nitto

Shedding light on the roles your customers, suppliers, and vendors play as links in your supply chain can be challenging. Learn how data mapping and vendor management can ensure that you are building “comply chains” and improving your customers’ experience.

12:20 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Networking Luncheon

1:35 p.m.

AAEI Benchmarking:
Importing and Exporting 201

Facilitator: Michele Snider, Buckland

What are your compliance KPI’s? Which technologies provide opportunities to improve compliance? What are the importing and exporting best practices? Join an “All-AAEI” membership benchmarking session where we will leverage AAEI’s policy committees’ expertise to answer these and many other pressing questions.

2:30 p.m.

 Awards and Prizes

Eugene Laney, AAEI

AAEI announces winners of this year’s Gamification contest and recognizes AAEI award-winning leaders.

[3:00 – 5:00 p.m.]

[Drawback Committee Meeting]

[June 2024 on-site Drawback Committee meeting]

June 13, 2024


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11:00 a.m.

Importers & Exporters Benchmarking: Reducing Landed Costs and Risks in Global Supply Chain

(This session is off-the-record)

Facilitator: Tom Cook, Blue Tiger International

Explore the importance of “Landed Cost” modeling for enhancing value in imports and exports. Learn sustainable solutions to address current disruptions in global trade. Identify practical strategies to minimize risk and cut costs in your global supply chain. Refine negotiation skills to secure optimal value for your spending.

* For Importer and Exporter conference attendees only


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