AAEI Board Identifies Top 2023 Trade Issues

AAEI’s Board of Governors identified some of the top trade issues that the Association will pursue in 2023. At a strategic planning session last week, AAEI Board members agreed that the top advocacy issues next year will include export sanctions, 21st Century Customs Framework (21CCF), forced labor compliance, modernized customs broker regulations, and transportation issues such as port congestion. The Board will meet again to determine AAEI desired advocacy outcomes.

AAEI Announces Theme for 2023 Annual Conference

The co-chairs of AAEI’s 102nd Annual Conference & Expo have begun the planning for AAEI’s 2023 annual conference, which will be held June 19-22, 2023, in Washington, DC. It will be a four-day event, with an optional educational component added for in-person instruction on June 22nd, in cooperation with NCBFAA/NEI. The theme of the conference will be, “Trade Matters: Reshaping the Status Quo.” AAEI plans to open registration in early December.

U.S. to Suspend Burkina Faso from AGOA Trade Benefit Program

Burkina Faso, a country in West Africa, will lose trade benefits with the U.S. under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The country has undergone its second military coup in less than a year. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Biden says, “I am taking this step because I have determined that the Government of Burkina Faso has not established, or is not making continual progress toward establishing, the protection of the rule of law and of political pluralism, as stated in the eligibility requirements of section 104 of the AGOA.” Read the President’s letter.

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