Committee Updates

November 2, 2022

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Aerospace & Defense

Aerospace & Defense Industry members work to streamline their entry processes through AAEI outreach to with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Defense Department and the State Department.

Current Issues: Modification of CBP’s “reasonable care” definition to encompass use of AI in trade applications; Streamlining importer compliance for 9808 Military Duty-Free Provision

Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 1:00 PM ET

Border Interagency

Each month, the Border Interagency Committee focuses on the top Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) affecting trade. Guest speakers from PGAs are invited to discuss the current trade issues they are working on and answer questions from AAEI Members.

Current Issue: Entry process improvements, including ability to store Parts Database stored in ACE with all required product information for all PGAs

Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET


The Customs Committee meets monthly to work on operational and regulatory issues involving U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Two of the committee’s top issues are Forced Labor enforcement, including the implementation of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), and the 21st Century Customs Framework initiative.

Current Issues: Alignment of member education and advocacy around enforcement of Forced Labor Prevention laws; Trade facilitations recommendations for CBP’s 21st Century Customs Framework (21CCF) and potential Customs Modernization legislation.

Next Meeting: Out-of-Cycle, Wednesday, October 16, 2022 at 1:30 PM ET

Drawback and Duty Deferral

AAEI’s Drawback Committee meetings are must-attend events for drawback filers. AAEI works with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Drawback Work Group to address and solve technical problems and meet the government’s compliance requirements for drawback payments. 

Current Issues: Privilege application and ruling delays; Inconsistencies in direction with drawback filing at The Centers; Export manifest for proof of export

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET

Export Compliance and Facilitation

Each month, the Export Committee updates members on the rapid changes for exporting goods, including sanctions, embargoes and loss of trade preferences. The committee also works on Export Modernization.

Current issues: Advocacy development for Export Modernization; Expanded export controls against Russia.

Next Meeting: Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET

Healthcare Industries

AAEI’s Healthcare Industry Committee meets quarterly to work on improvements for import compliance with the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Some of the current issues include updating intended use codes and Import for Export, which allows companies to import an unapproved product for further processing and exported out of the U.S. at a later date.

Current issue: HS Codes of heading 3006 for specific pharmaceutical goods; recommendations for FDA on Import for Export (IFE)

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 1:00 PM ET

International Policy

AAEI’s International Policy Committee takes a global view of international trade, such as gauging the impact of the recent key trade initiatives approved by the World Trade Organization and advocacy efforts to improve global supply chain resiliency.

Current Issues: AAEI participation on WCO trade advisory group; reducing global port congestion; IPEF negotiations

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET

Textiles, Apparel and Footwear 

AAEI’s Textiles Committee holds bi-monthly meetings to focus on the challenges facing companies in the textiles industry, including high duty rates and Forced Labor enforcement. This committee works closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Current Issues: Enforcement of Forced Labor Prevention laws involving apparel and footwear; First sale; Section 301 tariffs; Tracking e-commerce compliance

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 1:00 PM ET

Trade Policy

AAEI’s Trade Policy Committee focuses on U.S. trade policy, including free trade agreements, tariff-rate quotas and trade preference programs.

Current Issues: Forced labor prevention in U.S. trade strategy; Section 301 tariffs review at USTR; MTB/GSP Passage; Monitoring impact of TRQs

Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET


AAEI’s Transpacific Committee works on challenges facing companies doing business with Pacific Rim countries, including port congestion and supply chain resiliency. Currently, the committee is watching labor negotiations involving about 30 ports along the West Coast

Current issues: U.S. port congestion; supply chain infrastructure; carrier information sharing; monitoring labor negotiations impacting West Coast ports

Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 15 , 2022 at 3:30 PM ET

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