AAEI committees are the true leaders of the advocacy efforts we champion and support. As a member, you have access to 10 substantive committees, most of which meet online once a month, to discuss practical solutions to the challenges facing the trade community. Gain valuable insights and lend your voice to the conversation that ultimately generates AAEI trade actions.

Learn more about each committee below:

Committee Updates

Must be an AAEI member to attend Committee Meetings.

Automotive & Aerospace

February 7, 2024 – Committee members are discussing trade issues that affect the automotive industry. In January, the committee filed comments with USTR on Operation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) with respect to trade in automotive goods. 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, February 27, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. EST

Border Interagency

February 7, 2024 – Committee members are discussing CBP’s Partner Government Agencies with trade oversight and proposals to help streamline the entry process for importers.  The committee also is shaping its panel for the upcoming AAEI Annual Conference which will focus on the future for 1USG (One-Government at the border).

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. EST

Customs Policy and Procedures

February 7, 2024 – Committee members are working on ensuring AAEI’s proposed trade facilitation elements in any federal legislation addressing Customs Modernization. Members are looing at a side-by-side comparison of legislation introduced by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) with the existing Mod Act I customs law. The committee co-sponsored a member webinar in January on the use of AI in trade compliance.

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

Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. EST

Drawback and Duty Deferral

February 7, 2024 – Committee members are looking at a recent court decision in Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. v. United States and its impact on an HTS issue involving “Other Other” for drawback filers.

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, April 4, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

Export and Global Trade Compliance

February 7, 2024 – Committee members discussed the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) expanded sanctions against Russia and Belarus, and revised restrictions targeting Iran’s supply of military drones to Russia. Members also discussed the impact of activity in the Red Sea on shipping.  Members also are receiving updates from Europe on the implementation of the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism and deforestation regulations.

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: Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

Healthcare Industries

February 7, 2024 – Committee members are working on improving the FDA’s device error reports, and AAEI’s recommendations for the FDA’s Import for Export program. At the next meeting, the committee will discuss new rules for getting import licenses for biological agents for clinical research.

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

Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. EST

Textiles, Apparel and Footwear

February 7, 2024 – Committee members are discussing relevant issues at the heart of the ITC’s upcoming hearing on export competitiveness of certain foreign textiles suppliers to the U.S. Members are also discussing Forced Labor enforcement 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, April 3, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

Trade Policy

February 7, 2024 – Committee members are forming a China Working Group to discuss specific issues and policy decisions involving trade with China. In January, the committee filed comments with the International Trade Administration on new aluminum import license requirements involving primary and secondary smelt and cast declarations.  

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. EST


February 7, 2024 – Committee members are discussing detention and demurrage charges in advance of a public hearing that the Federal Maritime Commission has scheduled. Members are also discussing ways AAEI can help support the FMC’s proposal on information sharing.

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 3:30 p.m. EST

Automotive & Aerospace Committee

Focuses on issues of interest to importers and exporters of automotive and aerospace & defense products, other bulk commodities, and related transportation companies.

Border Interagency Committee

Focuses on the unique problems of importers subject to the other government regulations - FDA, USDA, EPA, CSPC, DOT, FWS, ATF and others. This committee is generally aligned with the USG’s Border Interagency Executive Council (BIEC).

Customs Policy and Procedures Committee

Focuses on projects dealing with automation, entry revision, global customs harmonization, trade security, tariff data reporting, ISF, bonds and legislation impacting the trade community. This committee is generally aligned with US CBP’s leadership team.

Drawback and Duty Deferral 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. Its goal is to get the Drawback Modernization Act passed immediately. Generally, matters of concern to Foreign Trade Zones and the Petroleum industry will be discussed, and sub-committees created as needed for specified topics. This group generally aligns with the USG CBP Drawback leadership.

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. This committee maintains a close alignment with the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), State Department, International Trade in Arms (ITAR), Census leadership, and the World Customs Organization, as well as leveraging partnerships with regional trade associations.

Healthcare Industries Committee

To engage with legislative bodies and federal agencies (FDA, USDA, DEA, EPA) to develop guidelines and workable solutions that facilitate the import and export of life saving drugs and medical devices and also assist the agencies to fulfill their mission to ensure public health and safety.

Textiles, Apparel and Footwear Committee

Focuses on the importing and exporting of textiles, apparel and footwear.

Trade Policy Committee

Focuses on regional and special trade agreements, multilateral trade negotiations, dumping and countervailing duty issues, competition policy, legislation and macroeconomic policy as it affects international trade. This committee is generally aligned with US CBP’s leadership team.

Transpacific Committee

With primary focus on logistical issues impacting Transpacific Trade, this committee would also identify Transpacific trade issues which impact all members.