BDP's Ford to Co-chair Key AAEI Committee
Ford brings to the committee extensive experience and expertise in governmental issues and an increasingly complex global regulatory environment.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., June 17, 2013 -- Michael J. Ford, vice president of regulatory compliance and quality for global logistics firm, BDP International, has been appointed to a one-year term as co-chair of the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) Export Compliance and Facilitation Committee (ECFC).
Submitted by: LogisticsWorld
AAEI committees respond to specific global trade concerns, bringing needed information to members and members' views to the attention of key policymakers and administrators. Members' common concerns and potential areas of difficulty are addressed through the committee framework. The ECFC focuses on streamlining U.S. export controls and unilateral sanctions programs and reducing foreign barriers to U.S. exports.
Among the issues AAEI addresses for conducting global trade in compliance with U.S. and international laws are tariff clarification, valuation, country of origin/marking, free trade agreements and export controls. Trade facilitation activities include programs and tools that lower transaction costs for international trade, including modernizing and simplifying customs procedures, duty collection and other trade measures.
Ford brings to the committee extensive experience and expertise in governmental issues and an increasingly complex global regulatory environment. For the past 16 years, he has been working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Commerce/Census Bureau on automation of export/import programs. He also serves as co-chair for trade on the Export Committee developing Customs' ACE system, and is a former member of its Commercial Operations Advisory Council (COAC).
About BDP International
BDP International is one of the leading privately held logistics management and solutions firms based in the U.S. It operates freight logistics centers in more than 20 cities throughout North America and a network of subsidiaries, joint ventures and strategic partnerships in 122 countries. The company serves more than 4,000 customers worldwide. Clients include Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Heineken USA, Honeywell, Johnson & Johnson, Revlon, Trek Bicycle, and others. BDP provides a range of services, including ocean, air and ground transportation; lead logistics process analysis, design and management; export freight forwarding; import customs clearance and regulatory compliance; project logistics; warehousing/consolidation/distribution; and its web-based BDPSmart® suite of shipping transaction/tracking management and visibility applications. For more information visit:
About the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI)
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AAEI provides advocacy, advanced communications, education and information for companies engaged in international trade with a focus on trade compliance, facilitation and security, as well as product safety. Its members include manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of a broad range of products. Membership also comprises organizations serving the international trade community such as carriers, customs brokers, freight forwarders, banks, attorneys, and insurance firms. This large, diverse membership provides it with credibility among policy makers. As a prominent representative of the U.S. international trade community, AAEI is able to effectively lobby against trade restrictions and protectionism that ultimately injure the world's largest consumer market and the world's largest exporter. www.aaei.org.
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