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98th Annual AAEI Conference and Expo
Jun 26 – Jun 28 all-day

98th Annual Conference
June 26th-28th
Washington, D.C.
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Trade in a Shifting World

The 98th Annual AAEI Conference and Expo, June 26-28, 2019 in Washington, DC, is an opportunity for trade professionals to better understand commerce in the shifting world of international trade. AAEI’s conferences bring together practitioners and policymakers for the common purpose of facilitating the movement of goods safely and securely. In a shifting world, keeping up with the flow of change has challenged everyone involved in trade. Attendees will take away strategic and tactical approaches and compliance knowledge for their trade operations. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel in the heart of Washington, DC’s lively Penn Quarter.

2019 Program Concept

AAEI’s conference planning team devised a new concept for this year’s program, meant to maximize the content value for attendees of all professional levels.

Each general session at the 98th Annual AAEI Conference and Expo will be followed by two corresponding breakout sessions, one for each of the following tracks:

  • Policy and Strategy
  • Compliance and Operations

The result will mean attendees will take away more than they expect from a high level AAEI annual conference experience. They will retain important information on strategic and operational levels. The 2019 AAEI conference is for people who work in trade– and for people who work on trade.

Adrienne will be moderating a panel discussion on the topic of USMCA & Rules of Origin, 11:00am- Noon on June 27th.

  • Deal or No Deal? – USMCA Edition

The newly updated NAFTA agreement goes by many names – USMCA, CUSMA, TMEC – but what’s in a name? The real question remains, “will it be ratified?” This panel aims to explore the deep-rooted issues surrounding the new agreement, the most significant changes to the agreement, what it could mean as far as new procedures for qualification, and how our experts think interested parties should prepare for the changes. Updated rules of origin and customs procedures that acknowledge technological advancements of the last 25 years will serve as a focal point of the discussion, as well as any additional side deals that could make or break the ratification of the agreement by all three countries. Our experts will offer a range practitioner insight from all sides of the deal.

Read Adrienne’s bio here.


To download or view the Conference agenda, please click here.

For Registration details and additional information,  please visit AAEI’s website.

Foreign Trade Association presents “Customs Compliance for Import Personnel”
Aug 1 – Aug 2 all-day



Customs Compliance for Import Personnel

A 2-day Course intended for Import Compliance Professionals and Management with Import Compliance

The class also covers participation in Customs initiatives, such as C-TPAT, Importer Self-Assessment, and ACE Portal.


  • Establishing & utilizing internal controls
  • Customs broker selection, powers of attorney & broker monitoring
  • Types of entries, customs bonds, paying duty & handling liquidations
  • Classifying imported articles, saving and utilizing classification information
  • Qualifying for the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) Program and Importer Self-Assessment Program
  • Participating in Centers of Excellence & Expertise
  • Dealing with Anti-dumping and Special Duties
  • Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and ACE Portal benefits
  • Qualifying (or not) for duty free exemptions and free trade agreements
  • Using TIBs, bonded warehouses, Foreign Trade Zones & drawback
  • Learning of and dealing with import restrictions and other agency requirements
  • Record keeping requirements and complying with the rules
  • Responding to Customs requests and actions
  • Dealing with liquidated damages & audits

Meet the Instructor:

Bruce H. Leeds

Bruce Leeds, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group

Braumiller Law Group PLLC, is a Dallas-based international trade law firm. Bruce oversees the Los Angeles office and concentrates on export and import compliance matters, including ITAR, EAR and OFAC issues.

Bruce began his career as an Import Specialist and Team Leader with U.S. Customs in Los Angeles. He later worked at Hughes Aircraft Company, Hughes Space & Communications Company, and The Boeing Company in import and export compliance positions.

He has served in several trade organizations and committees, including the Commercial Operations Advisory Committee to U.S. Customs & Border Protection, the Private Sector Consultative Group to the World Customs Organization, the Foreign Trade Association, and the American Association of Exporters & Importers.

Bruce holds a B.A. from California State University Los Angeles, and a J.D (Cum Laude) from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law. He is a member of the California State Bar Association, holds a Customs Broker license (LCB) and a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) designation. Mr. Leeds is a U.S. Army veteran.

Read Bruce’s full bio here.

Registration begins at 8:45 AM
Workshop: 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Lunch will be served.


Guest parking is in front of building #100, the main corporate building facing Torrance Blvd.


Credits: 12 CCS/CES/MES Credit