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Automotive & Aerospace

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

Committee members are discussing trade issues that affect the automotive industry. Meanwhile, a committee working group is holding bi-monthly meetings with CBP and the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) to address concerns about specific inefficiencies in the import process for the Defense industry. 

Committee Targets: Expanding to include automotive industry concerns; streamlining importer compliance for 9808 Military Duty-Free Provision; use of AI in the import process

Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. EST

Border Interagency

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.

In October, the Committee heard from Arthur Laciack of the Consumer Product Safety Commission about the CPSC’s e-filing pilot program. In November, the committee will discuss the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). 

Committee Targets:  One U.S. Government at the Border (1USG); Harmonized entry processes for all PGAs.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. EST

Customs Policy and Procedures

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.

At its next meeting, the committee will discuss AAEI’s FOIA Request seeking CBP internal guidance documents on the agency’s Forced Labor enforcement procedures.

Committee Targets: Progress on Forced Labor, 21CCF, understanding corporate compliance for new broker regulations; Trusted Trader.

Next Meeting, Out-of-Cycle: Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. EST

Drawback and Duty Deferral

AAEI’s Drawback Committee focuses on regulatory changes and administrative problems on same-condition and substitution drawback and special duty deferral programs, such as temporary import bond entries.

At its next meeting, the Drawback Committee will discuss the progress of the Drawback Working Group, which holds high-level meetings with CBP on drawback simplification. 

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

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. EST

Export and Global Trade Compliance

AAEI’s Export and Global Trade Compliance Committee supports members engaged in U.S. export transactions and members with responsibility for trade operations and trade compliance programs globally. Discussion issues include export controls, sanctions programs, foreign barriers to U.S. exports, and the various regional challenges facing international compliance teams, such as monitoring trade developments around the world and addressing different local standards globally.

The committee hosted a member webinar last week from on the European Unions new carbon (CBAM) and deforestation (EUDR) regulations, which add global trade compliance requirements for importers with responsibilities in the EU. 

Committee targets: Advocacy for Export Modernization; compliance requirements for international sanctions; global trade compliance; leveraging global partnerships with regional trade associations; World Customs Organization advisory; multilateral trade coalitions.

Next Meeting: January 2024, date and time TBA

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.

The committee will begin quarterly meetings with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with a guest appearance it its next meeting.

Committee targets: Improving intended use codes; Recommendations for FDA on Import for Export (IFE)

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. EST

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.

The committee currently is working on how the developments in the Dominican Republic and Haiti that forced closure of its border will impact nearshoring efforts in the Textiles industry.

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

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. EST

Trade Policy

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

Recent Action: The committee submitted comments to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics in October on ways to improve the agency’s Import and Export Price Indexes (MXPI). 

Committee targets: 2023 US trade policy; Section 301 tariffs review at USTR; MTB/GSP Passage; Monitoring impact of TRQs

Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. EST


AAEI’s Transpacific Committee works on challenges facing companies doing business with Pacific Rim countries, including port congestion and supply chain resiliency.

Recent Action: The committee submitted comments to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) on a proposal to improve information sharing between ocean carriers and shippers.

Committee targets: Implementation of 2022 Ocean Shipping Reform Act and ; FMC engagement; Demurrage and detention billing; supply chain infrastructure

Next Meeting, Out-of-Cycle: Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 3:30 p.m. EST