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.



65th AIIS Annual Gala Dinner
Dec 3 all-day


It’s not too soon to make plans for our New York City Annual Dinner on Thursday, December 3rd!

The Manhattan Penthouse on Fifth Avenue, with its outstanding, in-house catering and striking, floor-to-ceiling views of landmarks like the Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building, will once again be the venue for our celebration.


As you may know, this year’s Annual New York City Dinner is a special occasion, our 65th New York City Annual Dinner.

To mark this milestone, we are delighted to announce that we will have a very special guest. Our keynote speaker will be the acclaimed journalist Mr. Bret Stephens.


Bret Stephens writes “Global View,” the foreign-affairs column of the Wall Street Journal, for which he was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. He is the Journal’s deputy editorial-page editor, responsible for the opinion pages of the paper’s sister editions in Europe and Asia, as well as a member of the Journal’s editorial board. He is also a regular panelist on the Journal Editorial Report, a political talk show carried nationally by the Fox News Channel.

Mr. Stephens joined the Journal in New York in 1998 and later worked for the paper in Brussels. In January 2002, at the age of 28, he was named editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, where he was responsible for news and opinion, the international and digital editions, and also wrote a weekly column.

Mr. Stephens returned to the Journal in late 2004 and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum the following year. He has won numerous journalism awards in addition to the Pulitzer, and reported stories from around the world, including Burma, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Gaza. He has also interviewed scores of world leaders, including every Israeli Prime Minister since Shimon Peres.

In November 2014 Sentinel Books published Mr. Stephens’s first book, “America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder.” The book was praised by former Secretary of State George Shultz as “wise counsel for a constructive, tough-minded and sensible foreign policy,” and by Harvard University historian Niall Ferguson as “a shrewd, sharp, and shamelessly unfashionable defense of American power.”

This year’s NYC Annual Dinner will be an engaging, festive evening, with penetrating, off-the-record commentary you won’t hear anywhere else by one of America’s most accomplished journalists and astute observers of global affairs.

 I would encourage you to reserve your ticket now by calling Assistant Director Alexandra Jopp at (703) 245 – 8079.

Better yet, reserve a table and bring your friends, business associates, and colleagues. Tables are selling now.

If you are traveling to New York City, we have reserved a block of rooms at the midtown Roosevelt Hotel at a special discounted rate of $329.00 per night. These rooms are in limited supply. You may reserve your room now by calling The Roosevelt Hotel NYC toll free reservation # is 1-888-833-3969. For those who wish to make their reservation on-line, Here is a reservation link

If you are requesting pre or post date’s outside of the outlined registration link dates, please e-mail your reservation request to sadams@rooseveltnyc.com

All reservations must be made by Tuesday, November 11, 2015. Once these discounted rooms at the Roosevelt are gone, they are gone.


Please fill out this form if you would like to register for the AIIS 65th Annual Dinner REGISTER HERE

Sponsored by:

Cargill  OHL-Logo-rgb-2

AIIS Annual Gulf Region Christmas Dinner
Dec 15 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm


AIIS Annual Christmas Dinner

We cordially invite you to join in our holiday celebration and the welcome of a New Year of health, happiness, and prosperity for all. Enjoy the usual good company and fellowship at:

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

111 North Post Oak Lane, Houston, Texas 77024

When:                         Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Cocktails at 6:00 p.m. – Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker:  Janiece M. Longoria, Chairman of Houston Port Commission
Dress:                         Business – Cocktail
Tickets:                      $195 Individual Ticket, $295 per couple (spouse.)
RSVP by December 10, 2015



To reserve a room at the Houstonian Hotel:

Group Name:             AIIS Christmas Dinner (the rate is setup under this name)

Group Rate:                $149.00 per night

Number to call:           1-800-231-2759 or email us at reservations@houstonian.com

Hours of Operation:   Mon – Fri, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm   |   Saturday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm   |  Sunday:  CLOSED

Sponsored by:




AIIS Customs Committee Meeting by Conference Call
Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Customs Committee of the American Institute for International Steel is holding a meeting by conference call to discuss the potential impact of a number of recent and upcoming actions affecting importers and exporters of steel products.

The meeting is open to all AIIS members, including individual Customs Committee members.

Topics to be discussed include:

The full operation of all Customs Centers for Excellence and Expertise (CEEs), including the Base Metals CEE, as of March 23, 2016

The ongoing issues with mandatory entry filing in ACE

The upcoming (July 1, 2016) SOLAS requirements regarding Verified Container Mass (VGM) from the International Maritime Organization

The Antidumping and Countervailing Duty enforcement provisions contained in the recently passed Customs Reauthorization Act

Suggestions for additional topics may be sent to Committee Chair Steve Baker (swbaker@swbakerlaw.com) or co-presenter Larry Hanson (lwhanson@lwhansonassociates.com).

If you would like to join this teleconference please submit your request to jopp@aiis.org

2016 Critical Commodities Conference
Apr 12 – Apr 14 all-day
2016 Critical Commodities Conference @ Marriott Convention Center Hotel | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States

The Critical Commodities Conference is a dynamic three day conference focused on the efficient transportation of energy products, steel and other raw materials, food, containerized cargo and more. Many of the current challenges that the shipping community faces today are common across several industries and at the CCC, you will learn from a diverse group of industry experts. The CCC is a highly interactive forum with plenty of networking opportunities to see old friends and connect with new ones in America’s most unique city.

AIIS GULF REGION SPRING SOCIAL | Customs & Logistics Seminar | HOUSTON TX | MAY 11
May 11 all-day
Breakbulk Americas 2016
Sep 26 – Sep 29 all-day


Breakbulk Americas is the largest exhibition
of its kind in the Americas,
bringing top-tier shippers together
with breakbulk and project cargo service providers.


Breakbulk Americas’s targeted programming will ensure that you develop skills and strategy to help you do your job more effectively, while making industry connections that count.

Breakbulk Americas is the venue to connect with executives from leading EPCs and other large-scale shippers  who are moving cargoes throughout the Americas and around the world. Exhibitors and sponsors include specialized ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports/ terminals, logistics providers, road, rail, barge and air transportation, export packers, equipment companies and more.

Hear from industry experts during the conference sessions, which are held on the exhibition floor. Those seeking to build their professional skills can participate in a number of workshops, designed for a variety of experience levels.

Targeted exhibition, sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. To find out how you can become a part of this event, contact:


Christian Blair Thompson
Event Director, Americas
+1 281 416-4672

Kathleen Pinson

Sales Manager – Americas & TransAsia
+1 423 598 2264
Oct 7 all-day


(October 7th 2016, Port of Houston Conference Room 111 East Loop N, Houston, TX 77029)

Turkish Consulate General in Houston in collaboration with Port of Houston Authority cordially invites you to the “2016 TURKEY – TEXAS IRON AND STEEL NETWORKING & BUSINESS FORUM” on October 7th, 2016 at Port of Houston Conference Room. The program is organized in conjunction with a Steel Exporters Delegation visit from Turkey to Houston on 5-7 October 2016. The Delegation headed by Namik Ekinci, Chairman of Turkish Steel Exporter Association, will comprise of high ranking representatives of 14 Turkish steel companies.

Given the fact that Turkey is the 2nd largest rebar exporter, 9th largest steel producer, world’s biggest scrap metal importer, the forum will offer a unique opportunity for US companies, exporters, importers, logistics and decision makers to explore business, trade and investment opportunities in/with Turkey and meet with senior Turkish businessmen of leading Turkish business/trade associations in iron and steel industry.

Date : October 7, 2016

Location : Port of Houston Conference Room 111 East Loop N, Houston, TX 77029

RSVP : Ricardo Arias, rarias@poha.com


Dec 15 all-day
The 232 Steel Investigation: Measuring the Pain for Domestic Industries | AIIS MEETING IN WASHINGTON 09.12.2017
Sep 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Invitation to Cover

The 232 Steel Investigation: A New Report Measures the Devastating Impact of Tariffs on the U.S. Economy

Experts chart destructive effect of steel tariffs on broader U.S. steel supply chain; _
U.S. agriculture industry braces for impact from shipping disruption, potential retaliation

WHAT The 232 Steel Investigation: Measuring the Pain for Domestic Industries

WHEN Tuesday, September 12, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 PM (Media Registration: 1:45 PM)

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

WHO Spokespersons for Steel Users, Ports, and Agriculture Industries:

Richard Chriss: President, American Institute for International Steel
John Martin: Principal Economic Analyst, Martin Associates
Kevin Brosch, Attorney, BroschTrade, LLC, on behalf of The National Chicken Council
Introductory Remarks by John D. Foster, Chairman of AIIS

WHY As the Trump Administration nears a determination on whether imported steel poses a “threat to U.S. national security,” the widespread and potentially devastating impacts of a Section 232 trade remedy grow ever more clear.

Drawing from a newly released report, economist John Martin will detail the impact that steel tariffs pose for U.S. ports, which make an outsized contribution to the U.S. economy. According to Martin’s report, 1.3 million jobs are currently supported by port activity related to imported steel, feeding nearly $240 billion in economic activity, or 1.3% of U.S. GDP in 2016.

Adding insult to injury, America’s billion-dollar poultry industry stands as collateral damage from tariffs as steel-carrying ships that offload product inland—and take goods back to the ports—disappear from the heartland. Poultry, grain, and other ag interests face drastically increased shipping costs and reduced access to key export markets as the burden of transportation is shifted to their industries, even as they brace for the potential of retaliatory tariffs on their products.

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


AIIS West Coast Steel Dinner | November 2nd | L’Opera Italian Restaurant | Long Beach, CA
Nov 2 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Port of Long Beach Harbor Tour

The event starts on Thursday, 2 November 2017 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 2

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 New Era Trade Regulations Could Impact Your Business”


Registration Form

Name Company
Reza Tehrani Access World (USA), LLC
Mike Kwon Alpha Steel
Ed Bastian BBC Chartering USA
Allen LaTourrette BlueScope Steel
Gene Misiak BlueScope Steel
Dieter Schulz BlueScope Steel Americas
Brian Kelso BlueScope Steel Americas
Sherry Falcon BlueScope Steel Americas
Gloria Zepeda BlueScope Steel Americas
Maria Hart BlueScope Steel Americas
Andrew Pappas BMO Harris Bank, N.A
KC Cooper Cargoways Warehousing and Trucking
Tom Delpit CEMCO
Justin Cook CEMCO
Aaron Kruisheer Esserman Steel
Jack Mallough GEODIS
Chris Baek Global Metal Resources Inc.
Joe Beattie Harbor Pipe & Steel, Inc.
Bob Moffitt Heico Wire Group
Timothy Davies Hyundai Corporation
Walter Synek IMS Steel Company
J. Paul Javier Kloeckner Metals
Kathy Kester Kloeckner Metals
John Foster Kurt Orban Partners
Brad Decker Kurt Orban Partners
Oda Shoko-ISALSA Marubeni-Itochu Steel America Inc.
Rob Ikegami Marubeni-Itochu Steel, Inc.
Taoko Akashi Metal One America, Inc. – Los Angeles
Bob Swist Metal One America, Inc. – Los Angeles
Gary G. Sanders Metal Partners Rebar
Kenneth Weinstein Metallia/Hartree Partners
Michael Kroman Mitsui & Co. (USA), Inc.
Jeff Kubo Nippon Steel & Sumikin Bussan Americas, inc.
Atti Schmidt Nucor Trading USA Inc
MALENA VILLARREAL Pacific Awards Metals
Gilles Dumont PGS
Brett Mascaro Port of Long Beach
Don Snyder Port of Long Beach
Mechelle Smothers Port of Long Beach
Heinz Lange Port of Vancouver USA
Bart Goedhard Ports America
Bill Fitz SSA Marine
Klaudio Biazevich SSA Marine
Andre Boettger Swire Bulk | The China Navigation Co
Frank Leigh-Spencer Swire Shipping
Lawrence Hanson The Law Office of Lawrence W. Hanson, PC
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