Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association

Our Mission

The Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association is the premier organization in Southern California for International Trade, representing common business interests of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders as professionals in dealing with government, carriers, industry and one another.

 

About

Established in 1949, the Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association (LACBFFA) promotes the Southern California customs brokerage, freight forwarding and NVOCC industry as a whole.

 

Seminars, Workshops & Conferences

The Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association, (LACBFFA), takes an active role in organizing and participating in seminars, workshops and conferences which are relevant to its members and the industry.

Regular Workshops

Including Customs Instructional Presentations such as Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS); Food & Drug Product Code Training; HAZMAT; Electronic Interface with Federal Agencies; and training for new government programs, i.e. AES, ACE, etc.

LACBFFA has Customs Brokers Training Courses & Licensing Exam Review classes in the spring and fall. These classes give our members and other interested parties an opportunity to review Customs Regulations in preparation for the U.S. Customs Broker Examination.

LACBFFA holds monthly luncheons or dinners with guest speakers who address a full range of issues of concern to members and the events allow members to interact with each other in furtherance of their business objectives.

Members can earn continuing education credits for the Certified Customs Specialist and/or Certified Export Specialist programs sponsored by the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) for all workshops and programs offered by LACBFFA.

Communication

LACBFFA’s regular emails to members keep them apprised of important notices and issues affecting their day-to-day business practices. U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Public Bulletins and other materials are regularly emailed to members. Information relating to other participating government agencies (PGA’s) is conveyed to the membership as the industry is facing increased challenges and liabilities from PGA’s other than CBP.

Membership Directory

Our membership directory contains a complete listing of members and local government agencies, and Los Angeles and Long Beach terminal operators. This resource guide is complementary for members. It is distributed to local federal agencies, city and state officials. The directory is available to others at an additional charge.

NCBFAA Annual Conference

LACBFFA is an affiliated member of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America and participates in the NCBFAA’s Annual Conference. Members are encouraged to participate in this conference to keep up-to-date on issues affecting Customs Brokers, Freight Forwarders and NVOCC’s.

NCBFAA Government Affairs Conference

LACBFFA participates in the Annual NCBFAA Government Affairs Conference, held each year in September. LACBFFA prepares position papers on various subjects of concern and presents these to our elected officials during visits to their offices in Washington, D.C.

WESCCON

LACBFFA, as a member of the Pacific Coast Council of Brokers and Forwarders, and is a sponsor WESCCON, the premier annual gathering of the PCC. This 3-day conference offers attendees a series of panel discussion on all aspects of the logistics, maritime transportation and international trade industry.

PCC Mission to Washington

LACBFAA participates in the PCC Mission to Washington held in the Spring every year. The PCC meets with several Federal Agencies including Customs and Border Protection and with several elected officials. LACBFFA prepares position papers on various subjects of concern and presents these to our elected officials during visits to their offices in Washington, D.C.