Upcoming Events

Steel-Con 2017 & AIIS Annual Gulf Region Golf Tournament 

The Event Program is now finalized and you may find it here in an attachment.

The program starts on Thursday, 18 May 2017 at 1.30 pm with a special tour aboard The M/V Sam Houston.

The M/V Sam Houston will depart promptly at 1:30 p.m. and return at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Guests will be required to arrive no later than 1:00 p.m. for 1:15 a.m. boarding at the Sam Houston Visitors Pavilion, 7300 Clinton Drive, Houston, Texas 77020, Gate #8. A map is enclosed to assist your guests with locating the facility.

*Due to PHA’s commitment to safety and security, all attendees must have a current photo ID to enter Port Authority property.

The boat tour will be followed by a “Bring a Customer – Meet a Customer” networking Reception at the Houstonian Hotel, Club & SPA from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Friday, 19 May 2017 will be a half conference day that will send you home with up-to-the-minute, practical, useful information from some of this country’s—and the world’s—leading experts and practitioners in key elements of the steel supply chain.

Port of Houston Authority Chairman Janiece Longoria will deliver the keynote address on the following topic(s): the Port of Houston and global trade with a focus on the steel supply chain.

The conference will be moderated by Jimmy Baldwin, S.V.P. Sales & Marketing, Coastal Cargo, and Kevin Castagnola, CEO of South Jersey Port Corporation.

The golf tournament will begin with registration and lunch at 12:30 PM followed by a shotgun start at 1:30PM. An awards program & BBQ will conclude the day’s events. The format for the Tournament will be an 18 hole, four-person traditional scramble. More detailed rules will be distributed on the day of the tournament.



Dec 1 @ 9:15 am – 11:15 am

The Customs Committee meeting will take place the morning following the AIIS Annual Dinner. All members are welcome to attend. Members unable to attend in person can use the call-in number,


PIN: 3427031#

Questions? Call AIIS at 703-245-8075

Hear the latest from Customs:

Base Metals Center Director
National Import Specialist
AD/CVD Policy

Discuss Current Issues:

Steel 232 Investigation Update
Court Case Review
Enhanced Enforcement Policy
Trade Facilitation


AIIS Annual Christmas Dinner | December 14th | Houston, TX
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
We cordially invite you to join in our Christmas holiday celebration as we prepare to welcome a New Year, and wish one another health, happiness, and prosperity. Enjoy good company and fellowship at:

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa


111 N Post Oak Ln Houston, TX 77024

Thursday, December 14, 2016

Cocktails at 6:00 pm Dinner at 7:00 pm


Keynote SpeakerCaptain Kevin Oditt, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston. – ‎United States Coast Guard

Captain Kevin Oditt

Captain Oditt is a 1992 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Captain Oditt’s previous operational assignments include Coast Guard Cutter’s ALERT and VIGOROUS, Marine Inspector at Marine Safety Office Port Arthur, TX, Chief of Inspections at Marine Safety Office Tampa, FL, and Chief of Prevention at Sector Long Island Sound, New Haven, CT. Captain Oditt served at Coast Guard Headquarters in the office of Design and Engineering Standards, Port Security Directorate, Staff Chief for the Deputy Commandant for Operations, and Division Chief in the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance. Captain Oditt earned advanced degrees from the University of Michigan in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and Manufacturing and the Marine Corps War College in Strategic Studies.


Section 232 Steel Tariffs: Effect on Domestic Steel Capacity Utilization and Real-World Impact on U.S. Manufacturers
Apr 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm




Invitation to Cover


Section 232 Steel Tariffs:  Effect on Domestic Steel Capacity Utilization and Real-World Impact on U.S. Manufacturers

Launch of new Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users

WHAT        Steel Tariff Fallout: Effect on Domestic Steel Capacity Utilization and Real-World Impact on U.S. Manufacturers, Launch of New Coalition

WHEN        Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 2:00 3:00 PM(Media Registration: 1:45 PM)

WHERE               National Press Club, 529 14thStreet NW, 13thFloor, Washington, D.C. 20045

WHO          Steel Users and Economists:

Richard Chriss (moderator), President, American Institute for International Steel

Dr. John Martin, Economic Analyst, Martin Associates

Laura Baughman,Economist, The Trade Partnership

Troy Roberts,CEO, Qualtek Manufacturing,Colorado Springs, CO

Other Steel-Using Manufacturers

WHY           President Trump imposed tariffs on steel imports under the premise of “protecting U.S. national security” with the goal of increasing capacity utilization among U.S. steel producing companies. Unfortunately, the Section 232 trade action will actually have a negative impact on steel capacity utilization while penalizing America’s small manufacturers and their workers in the process.

Drawing from a newly released report, economist John Martinwill reveal the downward effect of tariffs on steel capacity utilization on the sector. Economist Laura Baughmanwill detail the decline in U.S. manufacturing jobs that result from the Section 232 tariffs. Troy Roberts, CEO of Qualtek Manufacturing in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will describe the threat that cost increases for steel pose to U.S. manufacturers.

The event will also mark the launch of the Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users, comprised of small and medium U.S. manufacturing companies united in an effort to oppose the 25% tariff on steel imports.

About AIIS   The American Institute for International Steel, representing 120 member companies, is America’s leading voice for the steel supply chain, and the only voice in Washington, D.C. for free and responsible trade in steel.

Media Contact:      Amelia Berger, amelia.berger@bracewell.com, 202-828-1727



Invitation to Cover- Section 232 Steel Tariffs: Announcement of Major Legal Challenge
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Invitation to Cover

Section 232 Steel Tariffs: Announcement of Major Legal Challenge 

American Institute of International Steel Initiative is First of its Kind

WHAT          Steel Tariff Legal Challenge: Major Announcement Pending from AIIS

WHEN         Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 10:00 – 11:00 AM (Media Registration: 9:45 AM)

WHERE       National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045

Edward R. Murrow Room 

WHO           Richard Chriss, President, American Institute for International Steel

                    AIIS Legal Team

WHY              President Trump’s Section 232 tariffs on imported steel and aluminum have already created significant collateral damage for U.S. industries. American ports and steel importing companies are seeing throughput decline sharply. Meanwhile, U.S. steel-using manufacturers are  encountering product price increases of 50% or more and are experiencing  difficulty in obtaining the steel they need, regardless of whether they buy domestic-sourced or imported steel.

This briefing will announce the launch of a legal challenge that seeks to remedy a situation that is bad for the American economy and American workers alike. The legal action will commence Wednesday morning, with attorneys available at the press conference to describe and discuss this critically important, first-of-its-kind initiative.

About AIIS   The American Institute for International Steel, representing 120 member companies, is America’s leading voice for the steel supply chain, and the only voice in Washington, D.C. for free and responsible trade in steel.

Contact:        Amelia Berger, amelia.berger@bracewell.com, 202-828-1727

AIIS Webinar: The NEW Steel Product Exclusion Process Explained
Sep 17 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

On September 6, the Department of Commerce published a 171-page interim final rule modifying the process by which the Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will process and assess steel product exclusion requests. The new rules take effect on Tuesday, September 11.

If you have filed one of the 38,000 exclusion requests received by BIS (as of August 20), are thinking of filing, or want to know how the new review process works and might affect you, this informative and timely webinar, presented by Gary Horlick, one of the country’s top trade lawyers, is designed with you in mind.

If your business depends on access to the latest accurate trade information, you will not want to miss this important session.

For more information, please contact Alexandra @ jopp@aiis.org

The World Trade Association of Philadelphia Invites you to attend its 87th Annual Banquet
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The WTA 87th Annual Banquet

Join us for one of the biggest events of the year, as we welcome a new Executive Board and celebrate 2018 Honoree of the Year – American Institute for International Steel.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
6:00 pm – 9:00pm

The Cescaphe Ballroom
923 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Megan McCormick, Executive Administrator
Email: wtaphila@gmail.com
ph: 215.908.6494

For more information & tickets click here

AIIS West Coast Steel Dinner | November 1ST | L’Opera Italian Restaurant | Long Beach, CA
Nov 1 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
AIIS West Coast Steel Dinner | November 1ST | L'Opera Italian Restaurant | Long Beach, CA @ L'Opera Italian Restaurant | Long Beach | California | United States

Port of Long Beach Harbor Tour

The event starts on Thursday, 1 November 2018 at 2.00 pm with a special Port of Long Beach harbor tour.

The vessel will depart promptly at 2:00 p.m. and return at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Guests will be required to arrive no later than 1:40 p.m. for 1:45 p.m. boarding. The vessel will depart from Shoreline Village – Dock 9.

Note: Dock 9 is outside the main entrance of Parkers’ Lighthouse (http://parkerslighthouse.com/home/), and parking will be validated for those who park at Shoreline Village.

The harbor tour will be followed by a “Bring a Customer – Meet a Customer” networking Reception and Dinner at the L’Opera Restaurant, Long Beach, CA from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm.

Thursday, November 1

POLB Harbor Tour: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Dock 9, Shoreline Village (next to Parkers’ Lighthouse) Los Angeles

435 Shoreline Village Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802
Reception: 5:30PM

Dinner: 7:00PM – 9:30PM

L’Opera Italian Restaurant
101 Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

Presentation by Mr. John D. Foster, AIIS Chairman:

“Section 232 and You – How the New Era in Trade Regulations Could Impact Your Business”











68th Annual Dinner | The Yale Club of New York City | November 29th | REGISTRATION CLOSED
Nov 29 @ 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Registration closed

Thursday, November 29th: The 68th Annual AIIS Gala Dinner.** We will hold our premier event of the year at The Yale Club of New York City, 50 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY. Last year we had over 300 in attendance, and we expect this popular event to be another sell-out. Our Annual Dinner is a special time for our members and their customers, friends, and colleagues to get together, unwind, and do some business while enjoying exceptional food and dazzling views of the Manhattan skyline in a convivial Christmas holiday setting.








DRESS CODE AT THE YALE CLUB: Traditional Business Attire

*Proceeds from these membership events cover event fees and charges as we acknowledge AIIS’s progress. Since all of our events serve as significant fundraising affairs, your vital support will allow the Institute’s important and expanding efforts for free and responsible trade in steel to continue to benefit all our members.

Sponsored by:


The Yale Club of New York City, Grand Ballroom

The Yale Club is located at 50 Vanderbilt Avenue on the corner of 44th Street, across from the western entrance of Grand Central Terminal.

The Roof Dining Room and Terrace The perfect place for cocktails and dining al fresco. One of the nicest restaurants in midtown just happens to be on the 22nd floor of the Club.


68th AIIS Annual Dinner Program BOOK (download)

AIIS Annual Christmas Dinner | December 13th | Houston, TX
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
We cordially invite you to join in our Christmas holiday celebration as we prepare to welcome a New Year, and wish one another health, happiness, and prosperity. Enjoy good company and holiday cheer at:

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa


111 N Post Oak Ln Houston, TX 77024

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Cocktails at 6:00 pm Dinner at 7:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: John Moseley, Chief Commercial Officer, Port Houston

Port Houston Chief Commercial Officer John Moseley

 John Moseley was named Chief Commercial Officer in June 2018. He joined the Port Houston in 2010, successfully leading the port’s sales efforts as Senior Director of Trade Development. Moseley started his career in international supply chain and logistics in 1987 and has held expanding roles in the U.S. and overseas with ocean carriers, international freight forwarders, customs house brokers and beneficial cargo owners. His most recent position prior to joining the port was with CMA CGM.

Moseley earned a bachelor’s degree in international business administration from California State University at Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Isenberg School of Management. 

In his position, he is responsible for Port Houston’s real estate, trade development, economic development, marketing/external communications and media relations departments and the administration of Harris County’s Foreign Trade Zone. Moseley actively serves in leadership positions of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, American Institute for International Steel and the Greater Houston Partnership and is a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, NAIOP – Commercial Real Estate Development Association and the Industrial Asset Management Council. 

Sponsored by


AIIS Annual Christmas Dinner Flyer (DOWNLOAD)


STEEL-CON® & GOLF TOURNAMENT | April 24-25 | Houston,TX
Apr 24 @ 8:00 am – Apr 25 @ 1:00 pm




“U.S. Tariffs Roil Global Steel Trade”

Wall Street Journal, November 30, 2018 

“Steel Tariff Rules Strew Confusion”

Wall Street Journal, January 3, 2019

If you are an importer / exporter of steel, or you provide products or services to the industry, more than ever this year you need to know how developments in Washington and beyond will affect your business. This is your conference.

Event Description

AIIS invites you to a day and a half gathering at the peerless Houstonian Hotel to explore what you need to know to succeed in today’s challenging environment. This year’s event is carefully designed to bring you the most up-to-date information, introduce opportunities, stimulate ideas, and enhance professional skill, all while experiencing the Houstonian’s acclaimed grounds and hospitality. You will hear expert analysis by the country’s top trade and customs law experts, engage in penetrating discussion, and interact with leading industry practitioners who will guide you through the thorny, complex trade and customs issues affecting the steel supply chain in 2019 and beyond.


The program starts on Wednesday, 24 April 2019 with the AIIS Annual Golf Tournament at 8:30AM at the Wildcat Golf Club followed by a networking Reception at the Houstonian Hotel from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The conference begins the next day on April 25 with a continental breakfast at 7:00 AM and speakers’ presentations from 8 AM to 12 noon.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Contact The Houstonian at 1-800-231-2759 to secure an AIIS guest rate of $215 per night.


Program GUIDE


Keynote Address – William (Bill) C. Lane, Free Trade & Global Development Advocate
A 40-year Caterpillar Veteran, Bill is the Executive Director of Trade For America, a coalition supporting the modernization of NAFTA and KORUS. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition which supports U.S. funding for diplomacy and development.
First Panel: Trade Policy in Turbulent Times

DESCRIPTION:  Panelists will present a comprehensive overview of current trade and customs law, policy, and regulatory developments.

Donald B. Cameron. Esq. Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP.
AIIS attorney-of-record in the AIIS legal challenge to Section 232.
The Legal Challenge to Section 232: Developments at the U.S. Court of International Trade and Beyond.”

Lewis E. Leibowitz, Esq., The Law Office of Lewis E. Leibowitz
Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Developments in 2019 and Beyond.”

Paul Nathanson, Senior Principal, Bracewell, LLP, and director of strategic communications for the Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users.
Update on Congressional Efforts to Reform Section 232.”

Nithya Nagarajan, Esq., Partner, Husch Blackwell
Living with Section 232: How to Navigate the New Exclusion Process.

Second Panel:  Developments in Customs Law and Regulation You Absolutely Need to Know About                                                                                                                                  

DESCRIPTION:  One of the country’s leading Customs law practitioners will  guide you through the important new developments that will impact your business.

Matthew Cummins, Esq., The Law Office of Lawrence W. Hanson, P.C.
Important Customs Developments You Should Know About

Additional Speakers to be Announced Shortly


The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
111 North Post Oak Lane
Houston, TX 77024
Reservations: 800-231-2759
Wildcat Golf Club
12000 Almeda Road
Houston, TX 77045
Golf Club Rental: 713-413-3400


AIIS Member Conference Registration: $325.00
Non-Member Conference Registration: $375.00
Golf (April 24th): $180.00 per person


American Institute for International Steel
1101 King St #360
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-245-8075 | Email: jopp@aiis.org


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