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  • 04 May 2018 by LACBFFA



                                           For immediate release                    Contact: Andrea Messina

                                                                                                       Phone: 714-316-5270

    Global Port Organizations to Host World Trade Week Event on May 15

    This 92nd annual event features an interactive discussion with federal officials

    LONG BEACH – Continuing a tradition first started in Southern California in 1972, the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association and the Foreign Trade Association will host a program featuring Michael Dougherty, Assistant Secretary, Border, Immigration and Trade Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This event celebrates the enduring ways in which global trade contributes to the nation’s economy and expands opportunities for businesses worldwide.

    The May 15 event begins with an 8:30 am workshop at the Grand Events Center in Long Beach. In addition to Mr. Dougherty, the event includes speakers from the three other federal agencies: the Consumer Products Safety Commission, the Food & Drug Administration, and the Department of Agriculture. Speakers will provide updates on trade programs, targeting and enforcement efforts, and similar programs. Attendees can expect to hear about new hot topics on trade and compliance, while enjoying opportunities to network with others interested in global trade.

    “Come join us on May 15th to celebrate all aspects of International Trade.  We will have an informative workshop with speaker from several federal agencies, exhibits and a luncheon with keynote speaker Michael Dougherty, Assistant Secretary, Border, Immigration and Trade Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  We look forward to seeing you on May 15th.”

    Karen Quintana – President, LACBFFA


    World Trade week actively promotes the positive aspects of international trade.  The tradition started in 1926 and by 1935 President Franklin Roosevelt officially proclaimed WTW a National observance by the U.S. Government.

    “We are thrilled to be celebrating the 92nd year of World Trade Week. This tremendous nonprofit endeavor is further supported by local companies and government agencies that all offer sponsorship and support for the many programs and informational materials the World Trade Week Committee creates each year.”

    Glenn Patton- President, Foreign Trade Association


    World Trade Week began conceptually in 1926. Locally, it initially focused on promoting the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, After World War II, the focus expanded to include all organizations in Southern California involved in world trade. We invite readers to learn more about this event; sponsorship opportunities are still available. 


    About the hosts

    The Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association is the premier international trade organization in Southern California, representing common business interests of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders.

    The Foreign Trade Association is the oldest organization promoting the growth of international trade in California and seeks to promote, foster, and encourage international commerce and economic growth in California and worldwide.

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  • 08 Feb 2018 by LACBFFA


    Los Angeles Customs Brokers

    & Freight Forwarders Association

    320 Pine Avenue, Suite 1050, Long Beach, CA 90802

    Phone: (714) 316-5270 • Email:



    FEBRUARY 5, 2018 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           

    Contact:  Andrea Messina (714) 316-5270

    Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association Elects 2018 Officers 

    On January 27, 2018 during its Annual retreat, the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association, Inc. Board of Directors elected the 2018 officers. Karen Quintana, National Sales Director of Yusen Logistics Americas, Inc. was elected President. Sandra Langford-Coty, Director of Operational Development of A.N. Deringer, Inc. was elected as Vice President, Dan Monnier, Import Manager of XPO GF America, Inc. was elected as Treasurer and Pat Vangtan, Customs Manager of DB Schenker, Inc. was elected as Secretary.  

    The remaining Board of Directors include incumbents Maurine Cecil, Director of Compliance, Western Overseas Corporation; Robin Grove, Principal of Cars USA Shipping, LLC/Loa, Inc.; Mike Choi, President of MKC Customs Brokers International, Inc.; and newly elected to the Board for 2018 were Vincent Iacopella, Executive Vice President of Growth and Strategy of Alba Wheels Up International; Patty Tschaepe, Chief Compliance Officer of J&K Fresh, LLC; and Mari Bermejo, Assistant Manager of Customs Brokerage of GEODIS USA, Inc.

    Norman W. Harris, III, Manager of Customs Services and Compliance of Nippon Express NEC Logistics America, Inc. is succeeded by Wayne Wagner, Senior Manager of U.S. Brokerage Services of FedEx Trade Networks, as Chair of the Board.

    Incorporated in 1949, the Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association (LACBFFA) represents licensed U.S. customs brokers, freight forwarders, NVOCCs (non-vessel operating common carriers) and firms which facilitate international trade. The LACBFFA is the premier organization in Southern California for international trade and U.S. Customs issues, and its more than 300 members, employ over 6,000 individuals, and file more than 95% of all import entries in the Los Angeles Customs District. 

    LACBFFA members are the “boots-on-the-ground” in the international supply chain that work with the international trade community in expediting export and import shipments worldwide.  They are specialists in proactively identifying potential challenges and developing contingency plans which minimize costs while increasing transit time predictability.  If a constituent complains that they have a shipment “stuck in Customs” or is experiencing an unexpected delay; LACBFFA members can likely provide an objective analysis of the situation and potential solutions.  If the issue is representative of a systematic problem they advocate for a universal solution which increases the efficiency for all in the supply chain.

    LACBFFA aims to achieve standardization in the 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.

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