AAEI’s Request for Deadline Extension Granted Concerning USMCA

August 5, 2021

AAEI’s request for more time to comment on USMCA regulations was granted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Big money is at stake as importers and exporters look at their existing supply chains and to provide meaningful feedback on CBP’s Proposed Rule on Non-Preferential Origin Determinations for Merchandise Imported from Canada or Mexico for …

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Member of the Week

August 4, 2021

As a key member of AAEI’s US-China Trade Policy Subcommittee, Christopher Smith of IKEA Purchasing Services (US) Inc. is helping AAEI’s effort to address and resolve importers’ difficulties surrounding enforcement of forced labor laws.   Chris is a trade advisor in Ikea’s Customs Coordination Center. His role involves establishing and maintaining corporate compliance with all US …

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AAEI Welcomes New Chair Julie Parks

July 13, 2021

AAEI announced the start of AAEI Chair Julie Parks’s term of leadership along with a slate of other new leaders AAEI’s 100th Anniversary Conference.   Julie Parks will serve as Chair through June 2023. “Together, we have what it takes to drive streamlined and innovative trade,” Parks says, “one committee, one regulator, one law at a …

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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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Update: USTR Drops Threat of Using Section 301 on Vietnam

July 24, 2021

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a formal determination in its Vietnam Currency Section 301 investigation reflecting an agreement reached earlier between the Treasury Department and its counterpart in Vietnam. The agreement addresses concerns that Vietnam was devaluing its currency to give its businesses an unfair price advantage in international trade. As …

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