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The Express Association of America (EAA) Aids in Shaping US Export Policy

DHL, FedEx, TNT, and UPS are four of the largest express carriers that are represented by The Express Association or America (EAA) are working together through the formation of an Export Committee that will join the three existing committees on Customs, Trade, and Security.

“Over the past year, the U.S. government has made significant changes to the export controls regime for dual-use items and also is discussing changes to the information requirements for all products being exported,” Michael Mullen, executive director, said in a news release.

“To ensure these changes are implemented in a way that facilitates trade while still meeting the government’s goals, the express industry is taking a proactive approach by creating a committee that will focus solely on the unique issues surrounding exports and export controls,” he added.

The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security and the State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls are modifying the Export Administration Regulations and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  The EAA will engage with relevant government officials to discuss optimum implementation of the new approach in the express environment, where timeliness is critical to meeting supply chain requirements.

By the end of the year Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Division will complete a project that re-engineers the Automated Export System including an automated export manifest for the air cargo industry.

The EAA's Export Committee will be comprised of supply chain and information management experts to insure the new AES functionality is integrated into the express operating environment efficiently, meeting both the government's and the private sector's requirements.

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