European Commission Releases Forced Labor Ban Proposal

September 16, 2022

The European Commission has published its proposal to ban goods made with forced labor from the EU market. The next step will be the Council of the EU and the European Parliament developing their separate positions on forced labor. Then, the two institutions and the Commission will have to work out the final EU policy …

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AAEI Reclaims Seat on WCO Advisory Group

July 13, 2022

The World Customs Organization (WCO) is welcoming back the American Association of Exporters and Importers to the Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG), the WCO’s advisory group representing practitioners of international trade.  The PSCG serves to inform and advise the WCO Secretary General, the Policy Commission and WCO Members on Customs and international trade matters from …

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White House Reports Progress on Port Congestion

November 18, 2021

The White House released a report on tracking progress at the nation’s ports to resolve congestion. The report says recent data shows improvement, including at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach where the number of containers sitting on the docks for more than 9 days is down by about one-third over the first …

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U.S. Launches Indo-Pacific Economic Framework

May 23, 2022

President Biden launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) during a visit to Japan, marking the start of his signature economic initiative. The U.S. will be joined by 12 Asian countries for upcoming negotiations, including Australia, Brunei Darussalam, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. In a White …

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WTO Reaches 3 Breakthroughs at Ministerial Conference

June 28, 2022

June 22, 2022 – The World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded its 12th Ministerial Conference last week striking agreements on e-commerce, vaccines, and fisheries.     It is the WTO’s biggest package of multilateral trade deals since the Uruguay Round of Talks that launched the WTO 27 years ago.      The WTO agreed to extend …

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World Customs Chief Featured at AAEI Conference

May 6, 2021

World Customs Organization (WCO) Secretary General Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, delivered a keynote at AAEI’s 100th Anniversary Conference and Expo on June 29, 2021. The World Customs Organization (WCO), established in 1952 as the Customs Co-operation Council (CCC) is an independent intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations. Today, …

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Global Supply Chains Strained by Combined Events

July 25, 2021

A new wave of COVID-19, flooding in China and Germany and a cyber-attack on ports in South Africa are colliding on global supply chains at a time when U.S. importers and exporters are already strained by port congestion.  The impact of buckling supply chains is felt most in the U.S. and China, which account for …

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BIS Adds New Sanctions Page to Website on Russia, Belarus

March 10, 2022

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added a new webpage to its website today to provide U.S. exporters with updated information on the new export controls and sanctions related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. BIS “has taken swift and severe action to impose stringent export controls on Russia,” the webpage states. “These restrictions have …

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AAEI and GSA to Develop Charter on Solving Global Port Congestion

October 21, 2021

AAEI and its counterparts in Asia and Europe who comprise the Global Shippers Alliance (GSA) are developing a charter to address the global issue of port congestion. At a recent meeting, the GSA outlined three key common port challenges: the lack of shippers’ rights; the need to address labor shortages and capacity at ports; and …

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