Membership

AAEI membership is comprised of members representing approximately 200 companies, from all industries, engaged in international trade. We represent manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, retailers, and service providers to the industry.

Is AAEI membership for you or your colleagues?

The American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) is a non-profit, non-political, trade association representing the community of U.S. professionals and companies engaged in international trade. AAEI members are tasked with ensuring compliance with global trade laws as well as compliance within their own organizations. Here, they connect through the advocacy, educational, and networking opportunities facilitated by AAEI membership. As global trade and the role of compliance departments grow, so does our membership, which includes exporters and importers from all major industries, as well as trade services providers like freight forwarders, customs brokers, advisors and law firms, and technology companies. Well, yes. If your company, firm, or association has:

Member Benefits

AAEI provides unmatched opportunities to advocate for the trade industry through its advocacy efforts in Washington, DC; facilitating educational opportunities for members through historic partnerships; and connecting a diverse community of international trade professionals on the important issues of the day.

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A Commitment to Advocacy

AAEI works on behalf of its members to eliminate regulatory and legislative friction to trade and customs.

AAEI connects a diverse network of technical experts, thought leaders, and service providers working to comply with — and wanting to help shape — international trade policy, with the government officials, policymakers, and agencies regulating it. As an AAEI member, you’ll be part of a community that vets and presents practical solutions to the challenges facing your industry to Congress, executive agencies, and organizations like the World Trade and World Customs Organizations.

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Unparalleled Networking

AAEI’s meetings and events provide opportunities to learn about, and collaborate on, practical solutions to challenges within trade.

Trade touches everyone, which is why AAEI works hard to bring a diverse community of industry peers, international trade experts, and thought leaders together in discussion around issues in trade. Networking opportunities also include the ability to connect with government regulators and policymakers, as well as involvement in one of 10 industry-specific committees. Benchmark and collaborate with peers on practical solutions to the problems facing the community and gain valuable insights — while offering your own — to the conversation.

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Tailored Education

AAEI’s educational and professional development programs help members stay in-the-know.

Professional development programming is a key benefit of being part of the AAEI community. In addition to the Annual Conference & Expo where members can earn Certified Customs Specialist (CCS), Certified Export Specialist (CES), and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) certifications, we now provide AAEI Roadshows — bringing the conference experience to you — as well as online webinars on top-of-mind trade issues. Also, stay up to date on the news affecting international trade via weekly News Briefs and updates from AAEI.

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A Commitment to Advocacy

AAEI works on behalf of its members to eliminate regulatory and legislative friction to trade and customs.

AAEI connects a diverse network of technical experts, thought leaders, and service providers working to comply with — and wanting to help shape — international trade policy, with the government officials, policymakers, and agencies regulating it. As an AAEI member, you’ll be part of a community that vets and presents practical solutions to the challenges facing your industry to Congress, executive agencies, and organizations like the World Trade and World Customs Organizations.

Dues & Pricing

Importers/Exporters

These fees for new importer-exporter members are based on corporate annual sales (including all subsidiaries/business units), and in US dollars. A “Member” in this case includes a company and all persons who are representatives of, and/or a part of the organization.

*Current importer and exporter renewal dues calculations are “grandfathered” and based on a company’s total combined imports and exports annually, in US dollars. 

Contact the Membership Department to calculate your membership dues. 

Industry Service Providers

Brokers / Forwarders / Trade Services

These fees are based on the number of employees. A “Member” in this case includes a company or firm, and only those persons who are representatives of, and/or a part of the organization handling trade.

Law Firms

These fees are based on the number of Trade Staff. A “Member” in this case includes a company or firm, and only those persons who are representatives of, and/or a part of the organization handling trade.

Port Authorities/Trade Association/Academic

These fees are based on each individual Port / Trade Association or Educational Institution. A “Member” in this case includes a Port, association, or school, and all persons who are representatives of, and/or a part of the organization.
These fees are based on each individual Port / Trade Association or Educational Institution. A “Member” in this case includes a Port, association, or school, and all persons who are representatives of, and/or a part of the organization.

Working alongside members to create tangible benefits for members and the trade community at large, AAEI recently published our 
Membership Value for Investment Report.