This week: AAEI Warns White House of Rails’ Role in Supply Chain Disruptions; AAEI Meets with DHS on Customs and Trade Issues; North American Trade Leaders Meet to Clear Path Forward

AAEI Writes to White House about Potential Disruption Caused by Labor Negotiations in Freight Rail Sector

The American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) sent a letter to the Biden Administration this week urging policymakers do all they can to avoid network disruptions in the freight rail sector while it faces an impasse in labor negotiations. President Biden is expected to name individuals to a Presidential Emergency Board (PEB), who will hold hearings and ultimately offer recommendations. Read more.

AAEI Meets with DHS Officials on Customs and Trade Issues as UFLPA Enforcement Unfolds

AAEI leaders met with officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week to discuss customs and trade issues, including ongoing outreach to the U.S. trade community on the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). The new law came into force 3-weeks ago. AAEI and DHS also discussed scheduling joint, in-person events for this Fall in local cities. Additionally, AAEI is requesting DHS to provide an open source threat assessment later this year for AAEI members.

North American Trade Leaders– All Women– Meet on USMCA Anniversary to Discuss Future of Partnership

The chief trade officials from the U.S., Mexico and Canada met on the second anniversary of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade pact to talk over concerns Mexico’s energy policy and labor issues. U.S. Trade Representative Katharine Tai also discussed dropping tariffs on Canadian solar panels and working out disputes with Canada over the lumber trade. Read more from Reuters.

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