Top Stories: New Russia Sanctions

White House: Major New Russia Sanctions Package Coming February 21, 2024 – The Biden Administration announced that a new “major” sanctions package against Russia is coming, as soon as this week, in response to the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and the 2-year anniversary of the Ukraine War. President Biden acknowledged yesterday that the […]

Conference Speaker of the Week: Nasim Fussell

AAEI’s 103rd Annual Conference and Expo will be held in Fort Lauderdale, June 10-12, 2024, with a focus on trade challenges facing importers and exporters and the strategies required to meet them. As the event approaches, AAEI is featuring many of this year’s conference speakers. The spotlight this week is on Nasim Fussell of Lot […]

Top Stories: Trade Preference Program

Report: House Readies Stalled Trade Bill February 14, 2024 – Lawmakers are reportedly expected to introduce trade preference legislation this month that was long delayed. Politico reports today that the House Ways and Means Committee plans to introduce a bill this month to renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), a tariff relief program that […]

Top Stories: Coffee and Labor

McDonald’s and Others Respond to Claims of Forced Labor in Coffee February 7, 2024 – McDonald’s released a statement last week in response to a report by the Netherlands-based Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and Brazil-based Conectas claiming that companies including McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Illy import coffee produced using forced labor. McDonald’s […]

Conference Speaker of the Week: Steve Johnsen

AAEI’s 103rd Annual Conference and Expo will be held in Fort Lauderdale, June 10-12, 2024, with a focus on trade challenges facing importers and exporters and the strategies required to meet them. As the event approaches, AAEI is featuring many of this year’s conference speakers. The spotlight this week is on Steve Johnsen of Bayer […]

Member of the Week: Steven W. Baker

AAEI recognizes members who lead the Association on key issues, initiatives, and projects. This week, we spotlight Steven Baker of the Law Offices of Steven W. Baker, who is in his 50th consecutive year as an AAEI member. Steve joined AAEI in 1974, right after law school, when he started out working as an associate […]

Top Stories: Trade with Vietnam

Lawmakers and Stakeholders Deliberate Vietnam’s Market Position January 31, 2024 – A group of senators, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, expressed concerns Vietnam to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo this week, asserting that there is substantial evidence indicating the country has not met legal conditions for market economy status. The group, which includes eight senators, highlighted […]

Top Stories: More Sanctions

BIS Expands Sanctions Against Russia, Belarus January 24, 2024 – The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) expanded export controls this week against Russia and Belarus to include a wider scope of products, including more materials and parts affecting the aerospace industry. A new final rule, which also includes refinements to existing export controls, went […]

Top Stories: Aluminum Extrusions

AAEI Co-Signs Letter on DOC Investigation of Aluminum Extrusions January 17, 2024 – AAEI joined 35 other trade associations this week in sending a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo about “the proposed overly broad scope of the ongoing antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations on aluminum extrusions from 14 countries.” As the […]

Top Stories: Cost of Conflict

FMC Allows Ocean Carriers to Increase Rates January 10, 2024 – The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has allowed ocean carriers to increase rates on containers rerouted around Africa’s southern cape due to concerns over Houthi rebel attacks in the Red Sea routes. To justify the longer transit, the FMC granted several companies special permission to […]