Proposed Container Tax Opposition

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Mission to Washington DC

February 26th through the 28th the LACBFFA joined the PCC on the annual Mission to Washington DC.

On Monday morning we received a briefing from senior program managers at CBP on upcoming programs and plans for 2017. In the afternoon we divided up to meet with Mr. John Verbeten, (the new Domenic Veneziano) of FDA, while the other group met with the Acting Chairman of the FMC, Khouri and FMC Commissioners Dye and Maffei. Monday night was capped with a dinner with CBP Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, Assistant Commissioner Smith and Director of Trade Information Valarie Neuhart. On Tuesday we met with the staff of the Senate Finance Committee (which oversees CBP) as well as 12 Members of Congress, or their senior advisors.

We shared with all the importance of rules based trade to our local economy, national economy and industry, and offered to be a resource for them as trade issues arise in the coming legislative year.

We welcome all LACBFFA members to join us again in September when we connect with the NCBFFA at its Government Affairs Conference, and on the PCC Mission 2018!


LACBFFA 2017 Briefing Paper

Los Angeles Customs Broker & Freight Forwarders Association Elects 2017 Officers

On Saturday January 28, 2017, the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association (LACBFFA) elected its 2017 officers:

Mr. Wayne Wagner, Senior Manager, U.S. Brokerage Services of FedEx Trade Networks was elected President; Karen Quintana, Director, National Sales, Customs Brokerage, Yusen Logistics (Americas), Inc. was elected Vice President; Mr. Dan Monnier, Director, Imports & Import Compliance, US, XPO GF America, was elected Treasurer, Ms. Barbara Clarke, Vice President of Williams Clarke Co, Inc. was elected Secretary; Mr. Norman Harris, III, Manager, Customs Services and Compliance, Nippon Express NEC Logistics America, Inc., was elected Chair.

Other Board members include Maurine Cecil, Western Overseas Corp., Mike Choi, MKC Customs Brokers Int'l, Inc., Robin Grove, Cars USA Shipping, Sandra Langford-Coty, A.N. Deringer, Inc., Patty Rodriguez, J&K Fresh, LLC, and Pat Vangtan, Livingston International.

Incorporated in 1949, the LACBFFA represents licensed U.S. customs brokers, freight forwarders, NVOCCs (non-vessel operating common carriers) and firms which facilitate international trade. LACBFFA is the premier organization in Southern California for international trade and U.S. Customs issues, and its more than 250 members, employing over 5,000 individuals, file more than 95% of all commercial import shipments.

LACBFFA is a dynamic organization, rich in history, not resting on past laurels and is led by dedicated business professionals with a spirit of cooperation.

LACBFFA aims to achieve standardization in the customs brokerage and international freight forwarding industry and to promote a high degree of professional conduct among its members, including high standards of ethics and financial viability. LACBFFA provides leadership to its members in dealing with city, state and federal agencies as well as offering a forum for the exchange of ideas.

LACBFFA acts as an authoritative voice for the industry at official and government levels. The Association aims to set industry standards and provides educational courses which enhance the professional standards of the industry in Southern California.

The Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association can be contacted at 714-316-5270 or

LACBFFA member A.N. Deringer Inc. welcomed ITEP Intern Dylan Leomiti to their Los Angeles office

Over the summer of 2016, LACBFFA member A.N. Deringer Inc. welcomed ITEP Intern Dylan Leomiti to their Los Angeles office. An ascending Senior at Gardena High School, Dylan joined the team part-time for six weeks as a participant in the International Trade Education Programs (ITEP), a Southern California non-profit organization that prepares high school students for diverse career opportunities. The program is operated in partnership with the ports, transportation, logistics, and related organizations. Hosting companies, such as Deringer, “offer students the insights, skills, and confidence to thrive in the growing economy. Students build context between their studies and the real world through hands-on learning and carry that experience with them into the workplace.” Before his departure, Dylan shared his thoughts on the experience…

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Recent NCBFAA Government Affairs Conference in Washington DC

A group of LACBFFA members participated in the recent NCBFAA Government Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.  The following are the position papers that were presented to Congressional members and federal agencies.

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