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.



AIIS GULF REGION NETWORKING AND BUSINESS FORUM: Imported Steel – Trials, Tribulations, and Solutions | Mobile, AL
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sponsored by 

The American Institute for International Steel, Inc (AIIS) cordially invites you to register for the 2019 – AIIS GULF REGION NETWORKING AND BUSINESS FORUM on September 26th, 2019 at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, AL. We are also pleased to advise this event will include a luncheon and facilities tour hosted by the Alabama State Port Authority.

AIIS is widely viewed as the last real voice in Washington promoting free and responsible trade in steel for the benefit of all whose livelihoods are touched by the international steel supply chain.  AIIS is a 69-year old organization whose 110 member company list includes a broad range of participants ranging from the thousands of stevedores that handle our country’s steel imports and exports as well as the tens of thousands who work in the rail, barge, steamship and trucking sectors, Customs brokers, marine surveyors, insurance carriers, terminal operators, steel distributors and fabricators, and of course, the steel traders themselves. Trade in steel, and now in many other products and materials, has been living under a cloud of uncertainty due to the unprecedented trade policies that have made the last two years one of our most volatile and challenging periods in recent memory. This business meeting and luncheon event will highlight the trials and tribulations of our shared market, as well as alert our guests to solutions in play and answer questions.  The primary presenters will include John Foster, who serves as the President of the steel trading and trade services company Kurt Orban Partners as well as Chairman of AIIS, along with Richard Brazzale, Managing Director of Lake Shore Associates in Houston and V.P. of the Gulf Region for AIIS.  We also expect to have remarks from Rick Clark, Deputy Director of the Alabama State Port Authority.


10:00AM Registration
10:30AM Welcoming Remarks by Rick Clark, Deputy Director of the Alabama State Port Authority
Presentations by John Foster, Chairman of American Institute for International Steel (AIIS) & Richard Brazzale, VP Gulf Region of AIIS on US Steel Market.
11:30AM Buffet lunch offered by the Alabama State Port Authority


12:30PM – 1:30PM  

Port facilities tour set up by the Alabama State Port Authority



AIIS West Coast Steel Dinner | October 29th | The Federal Underground | Long Beach, CA
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Date: October 29th, 2019

Location: The Federal Underground | 102 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

The Federal Underground is located beneath the Federal Restaurant at 102 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802

Presentations by

Richard Brazzale, Lakeshore Associates LLC & AIIS Gulf Coast VP

Brian Riley, Managing DirectorGeodis USA, Inc.


Agenda TBA

Sponsored by 


AIIS 69th Annual Dinner | The Yale Club of NYC | Monday, December 2nd
Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Online Registration Now Closed

Registration Deadline November 12th

All registrations postmarked after this date will be processed on-site. You will be charged a late registration fee of $125 if you register after the due date. Absolutely NO REFUNDS after November 12th. Substitutions are allowed.

Important: Please note your registration fee helps defer costs of the event as well as helping fund AIIS legal expenses at work to terminate Section 232 that is so detrimental to the entire steel supply chain. Your support is both needed and appreciated.

69th Annual Dinner Program E-Book (DOWNLOAD)


AIIS Member: $ 705
AIIS Non-member: $ 805

To register, please contact Alexandra at jopp@aiis.org or call 703.245.8079


The Roosevelt Hotel NYC toll free reservation # is 1-888-833-3969. Provide your requested dates and reference the American Institute for International Steel.
Special AIIS guest room rate is USD 319 / Night Excluding Taxes & Fees. The reservation cut-off date is November 5th.


Rooftop the Yale Club of New York City


Sponsored by


Prime metal corp USA
#1 Importer and distributor of steel tubular products. 



AIIS Annual Customs Committee meeting
Dec 3 @ 9:15 am – 11:00 am
AIIS Annual Christmas Dinner | December 12 | Houston, TX
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 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 12, 2019

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

Keynote Speaker: Jeff Lindner, Director of Flood Operations/Meteorologist, Harris County Flood Control District


Event Sponsor:


INCOTERMS 2020 | WEBINAR | January 21, 2020 | 2 PM EST/11 AM PST
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
INCOTERMS 2020 | WEBINAR | January 21, 2020 | 2 PM EST/11 AM PST @ WEBINAR

INCOTERMS are the rules which define the responsibilities of sellers and buyers for the delivery of goods under sales contracts.

INCOTERMS 2020 are the latest version of these rules, effective January 1, 2020.

This webinar will provide a review of the use and limitations of INCOTERMS together with an update on the changes for 2020.

Special attention will be paid to terms common for steel shipments.

The presentation will be made by Terrie Brougher, Director, Product Management, Air & Ocean Freight, at AIIS member GEODIS Freight Forwarding.

Moderator: Steven W. Baker, Law Offices of Steven W. Baker and AIIS Customs Committee Chair.

This Webinar is FREE for all AIIS members.      $99 for all others.

Registration is required: Contact Alexandra Jopp at jopp@aiis.org


Steel-Con® 2020 | TRADE POLICY IN TURBULENT TIMES | Houston, TX | March 4-5
Mar 4 @ 5:00 pm – Mar 5 @ 6:00 pm



March 4-5, 2020, Houston, TX

Come for the Conference, or just come for golf on Thursday, March 5.

Steel-Con® has become a key gathering for steel supply chain practitioners who want to better understand global trade and customs developments, manage risk, and be more competitive in a challenging market. Bringing together a diverse audience, it’s a unique mix of networking, expert analysis and discussion, and hospitality. Contacts will be made, horizons expanded, and important developments explained.

The program starts on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, with a networking reception from 5-7 PM at the Houstonian Hotel, where you will meet friends old and new, and interact with individuals at the forefront of key areas like shipping, logistics, customs, and international trade. The Conference begins the next day, Thursday, March 5 with a continental breakfast at 7 AM, and speakers’ presentations from 8 AM to 12 noon. The AIIS Annual Golf Tournament kicks off at 1:00 PM at the Wildcat Golf Club (March 5th.)

Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa: 111 North Post Oak Lane • Houston,TX 77024 • Ph: 800-231-2759

Wildcat Golf Club: 12000 Almeda Road • Houston,TX 77045 • Ph: 713-413-3400

Program Agenda

Wednesday, March 4

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – AIIS Evening Reception (The Houstonian Hotel)

Thursday, March 5

7:30 AM Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM Welcome

John D. Foster – President, Kurt Orban Partners LLC

8:15 AM Keynote Address – Timothy Meyer, Director, International Legal Studies Program and Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School

9:00 AM – 10:20 AM

Donald B. Cameron, Esq. Partner, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
Attorney-of-record in the AIIS legal challenge to Section 232
Trade Litigation Update

Nithya Nagarajan, Partner, Washington, DC, Husch Blackwell
China Trade Deal; New 232 Derivative Duties; Section 301 Tariffs.

Josh Zive, Partner, Washington, D.C., Policy Resolution Group, Bracewell LLP
Policy Developments in Congress

10:20 AM – 10:40 AM Coffee Break

10:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Lawrence W. Hanson, The Law Office of Lawrence W. Hanson, P.C.
Developments in Customs Law and Regulation You Absolutely Need to Know About
One of the country’s leading Customs Law practitioners will guide you through the important new developments that will impact your business

PANEL – Wood Packaging Material: Enforcement and Compliance

Matthew Farmer, USDA/Animal Plant Health Inspection Service/ Plant Protection and Quarantine Program

Jared Franklin, Texas Agriculture Liaison Agriculture Oversight and Engagement U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Discussion: Discharge: Direct or Not?

Nolan Richardson, President, Richardson Companies

Chris Lewis, Vice President, Cooper/Ports America, LLC (C/PA)

12:30 PM Close of Conference

1:30 PM Golf Tournament, Wildcat Golf Club

Fees*: AIIS Member: $375 pp | Non-Member $400 pp | Golf Only $205 pp



*Proceeds from the event will cover event fees and charges. Since our Steel-Con® Supply Chain Conference also serves as a significant fundraising event, your investment will also allow the Institute’s good and expanding work for free and responsible trade in steel to continue to benefit all our members.


Sponsored by


Prime Metal Corp USA
#1 Importer and distributor of steel tubular products.

AIIS – CBP Base Metals Center Mid-year Video Update
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

          The Customs Committee of the American Institute for International Steel will host an update video conference call with the leadership of the CBP Base Metals Center on issues affecting steel importers. This will occur on

Tuesday August 11, 2020 at 2 pm EDT, 1 pm CDT, and 11 am PDT

          Customs representatives will include Center Director Africa Bell and Acting Assistant Directors Michelle English and Tracy Roy.

          Topics for discussion include:

          How has COVID-19 affected the personnel and the operations of the Center?

          What issues and concerns have come up with the implementation of the USMCA?

Are there new or continuing problems or questions in Customs operations relating to Section 232, Section 301, and AD/CVD (including EAPA evasion and Commerce scope and circumvention actions)?

What can importers do to better present issues, resolve problems, and interact with Center personnel?

Advance questions from planned participants are encouraged; please send to Committee Chair Steve Baker at swbaker@swbakerlaw.com. 

The conference will be held on the Microsoft Teams platform. The conference is free to AIIS members, but registration is required toswbaker@swbakerlaw.com. Connection information will be provided to registrants prior to the conference.

AIIS Gulf Region Golf Tournament
Oct 14 @ 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm
AIIS Gulf Region Golf Tournament @ Wildcat Golf Club
Join us for a fun-filled day that will include: – 4-man scramble at Wildcat Golf Club!

About this Event

To Our Steel Supply Chain Colleagues and Friends,

We are delighted to invite you to join us on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, for our annual golf tournament at Houston’s scenic, highly rated Wildcat Golf Club.

Like you, there is nothing we desire more than a return to normalcy, including the ability to enjoy the fun, camaraderie, and sportsmanship of a day on the golf course. As we continue our progress back to the normal life we once knew, we believe that we can offer you this opportunity with your safety as our first concern, in a manner that reflects accepted safety protocols. We will take each player’s temperature at registration, observe safe distancing, and, if possible, enjoy BBQ outdoors, with masks worn at your discretion. Hand sanitizer will also be available.

This will be our sole remaining event this year. Since we are not able to hold our two major end-of-the-year fundraising dinners, this golf tournament will also serve as our principal fundraiser for 2020. These funds are much needed to continue our operations so that we can continue to serve you.

Fee: $ 495 per person when registering individually or $1800 a foursome; includes lunch, dinner, and event sponsorship)

– 12:00pm check-in, 1:30pm shotgun start, 5:00pm – BBQ dinner buffet following the tournament and prizes

No refunds after 9/30.

How to Register: Contact Alexandra Jopp, jopp@aiis.org or purchase tickets here

Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


    American Institute for International Steel, Inc.

 Virtual Customs Committee Meeting

2:00 pm EST Thursday, December 3, 2020

        The Base Metals Center, the National Commodity Specialty Division, and the AD/CVD Enforcement Branch at Customs and Border Protection have all confirmed participation in this year’s Customs Committee meeting, which will be a virtual one.


Please register with swbaker@swbakerlaw.com if you plan to participate. (An acknowledgement has been sent to those already registering; please do not reregister.)

Contact information will be sent to all registrants prior to the meeting.

Please advise if you have any topics you would like to see included on the Agenda.

Steven W. Baker, Chair



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