Kya Rawlings

Head of Product Design, Ways

Collaborate & Grow
at the AAEI's 101st Annual Conference

Combine the power of people and the power of information to accelerate your growth together with #AAEI2021. Shore up your trade compliance program with expert-led sessions and celebrate AAEI's 100 years of making global trade happen.

Day Two

June 14



8:00am - 8:15am

8:15am - 9:30am

Trade Policy Developments - Insights from the Washington Insiders

MODERATORS:  Eugene Laney, AAEI; Julie Parks, Raytheon

SPEAKERS:  Ned Steiner, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg; Nasim Fussell, Holland & Knight; Alex Perkins, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas

Trade policy that starts inside the Beltway profoundly impacts your trade highway. Our panel of Washington Insiders discusses the latest trade policy initiatives.

9:30am - 10:00am

10:00am - 11:00am

SPEAKERS:  Shoshana Grove, International Bridge, Inc.AnnMarie Highsmith, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Invited); Newton Viera, Nike (Invited); Heidi Bray, Chrysler LLC (Invited)

With dramatic changes in trade flows and priorities, modernization is inevitable. This panel will outline a blueprint for the future.

11:00am - 12:15pm

Breakout: Communicating with CBP - Building Your Relationship

SPEAKERS:  Amy Magnus, A.N. Deringer; Melissa Irmen, ISCM; Jill Hurley, Livingston

The relationship with CBP can be a delicate one. Learn the industry practices of approaching CBP before they come to you to build trust.

11:00am - 12:15pm

Breakout: Designing The Model Port - From Stagnation to Innovation

SPEAKERS:  Sofia Berger, WSPAnja Elverding, Port of RotterdamMark Higgins, Virginia International Terminals; Chase Wollenhaupt, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Port congestion requires a reassessment of logistics processing and infrastructure. Find out why necessity is the mother of invention for the future of our ports.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

1:30pm - 2:45pm

Forced Labor - You're Only as Strong as Your Weakest Link

SPEAKERS: Chris Smith, IKEA; Amy Morgan, Altana AI; Eric Choy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Forced labor and the UFLPA have required companies to reassess their entire supply chain. What critical, practical steps can you take to ensure admissibility, from seed to shelf?

2:45pm - 3:15pm

3:15pm - 4:15pm

Breakout: Streamlining Outbound Trade - Export PGA Efficiencies

SPEAKERS:  Doug Jacobson, Jacobson Burton Kelley PLLC; Omari Wooden, U.S. Census Bureau (Invited); Thomas Overacker, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Invited)

Envision an export environment where the entity with the data is the responsible filer with PGA connectivity enhanced with a post-departure filing option. Let's discuss the environment, the challenges, and the path forward.

3:15pm - 4:15pm

Breakout: One USG - Import PGA Connectivity

MODERATOR:  Domenic J. Veneziano, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg

SPEAKERS:  Sabrina Keller, U.S. Consumer and Product Safety Commission; Jennifer Diaz, Diaz Trade Law; John Verbeten, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Invited)

Coordinated border management requires two way PGA connectivity. This panel will discuss how to expand the account-based approach to streamline clearance.

4:15pm - 4:30pm

Transition Break

4:30 pm - 5:30pm

Breakout: 2022 HTS Adoption
Strategies - Understanding Your Duties

SPEAKERS:  Peter Quinter, GUNSTER; Nadia Scornaienchi, Dow Chemical Company, Gregory Connor, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Invited)

Earlier this year the U.S. implemented the WTO five year HS Convention international update along with annual U.S. tariff changes.  Join this session to discuss best practices to manage implementation, including the rulings process.  

4:30 pm - 5:30pm

Breakout: Making the Case for Exports - Sanctions, Embargos & Loss of Preferences

SPEAKERS: Christine Lee, Qurvo; Scott Jones, DHL

Navigating  complex multi-agency  export regulations to deliver advice to your company is never an easy task. How can you make the case to conduct business with parties or countries subject to sanctions, embargoes, or loss of trade preferences.

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Networking Reception

Day Three

June 15



8:00am - 9:15am

SPEAKERS:  Cindy Allen, FedEx, Kathy Neal, Regal Rexnord; Daniel Gazitua, Land n Sea Inc. (Invited)

Over the past decade, the dynamics of release and summary have changed dramatically for cargo owners and their intermediaries.  Receive the most recent information on the current and future roles and responsibilities of transacting parties to enhance your operations.  

9:15am - 9:30am

Transition Break

9:30am - 10:30am

Breakout: Future of Customs Trade Functions - A Brave New Digital World

MODERATOR: Tim Vorderstrasse, Flexport

SPEAKERS:  Sava Zjalic, Cargill; Gary Barraco, E2open; Kevin McGrail, Dito

Emerging trade technologies are in a state of flux. This panel will explore artificial intelligence, machine based learning, distributed ledger technology, etc. to explore how parties throughout the supply chain are adopting these capabilities to streamline trade.

9:30am - 10:30am

Breakout: Harmonizing the Voices of Trade -  Meet USG Trade Advisors

SPEAKERS:  Julie Pojar, Kohler; JD Gonzalez, Jose D. Gonzalez Licensed US Customs Broker; Lisa Gelsomino, Integrity Sourcing, LLC; Tom Gould, Flexport

Hear from the industry leaders serving as government advisors on trade, including COAC, ITAC, etc. This panel will address top initiatives and how to amplify your voice through their influence.

10:30am - 11:00am

11:00am - 12:00pm

Breakout: Drawback – Reshuffling the Deck

SPEAKERS:  Michael Cerny, Charter Brokerage; Greg Olsavsky, U.S Customs and Border Protection; Jennelle Cray, U.S Customs and Border Protection (Invited)

Now that drawback has fully transitioned to TFTEA and to ACE, the shift of CBP drawback personnel to the Centers of Excellence and Expertise in 2021 has changed where drawback claimants go for answers. Hear from our experts as they provide a behind-the-scenes look at what has changed and how to adapt to this new environment.

11:00am - 12:00pm

Breakout: Finding a Path to Sustainability  - Environmental, Social & Governance

SPEAKERS:  Nicole Bivens Collinson, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg; Kristopher Denzel, DHL; Leila Afas, Toyota North America

More than ever, corporate executives are expected to develop ES&G standards consistent with sustainability initiatives.  While the U.S. and other governments contemplate sanctions to guide future  environmental and social policy how can you prepare particularly for those countries yet to adopt such policies. 

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Luncheon with Keynote Speaker: U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, R-LA & Jeffrey Flumignan, Maritime Administration 

1:30pm - 2:30pm

CBP, BIS, BLS, FDA, EPA, CPSC, Census, Treasury, and more! 

2:30pm - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Trade Remedies - Navigating and Leveraging AD/CVD, 301 & 232 Policy   

SPEAKERS:  Tina Kimble, Novelis; Lisa Wang, Assistant Secretary of Commerce (Invited); Kyle De Jong, Whirlpool (Invited)

Four years of President Trump brought a significant and often unexpected use of trade remedies that compelled the attention of CEO’s and corporate board rooms.  These enforcement measures forced companies to reconsider their supply chains, investment decisions, and available options to address foreign competition.  As the Biden Administration has unfurled a new trade agenda reflecting different priorities, will trade remedies return to their historical, pre-Trump role or do we expect the status quo?  Our panel will provide historical context for U.S. trade policy under Presidents Trump and Biden and how trade policies have and are helping to advance those agendas.  The panel will also discuss the likely future of trade remedies such as Section 301 and 232, antidumping and countervailing duties, and how companies can navigate and leverage these trade tools to their advantage. 

4:00pm - 4:05pm

Transition Break

4:05 pm - 5:15pm

CBP Formers - What I've Learned in the Private Sector

SPEAKERS: Ana Hinojosa, ABH Global Trade Consulting, LLC; Richard DiNucci (Retired); Alan Bersin, Covington & Burling LLP (Invited); Allen Gina, CT Strategies

Join former CBP officials as they discuss their "entry and release" into the private sector. They will reveal what you wanted to know in the past, but previously may have been afraid to ask. 

5:15pm - 5:30pm

Closing Remarks/Prize Announcements