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Regular Membership

The regular membership of the Association shall not be limited as to number, but may include only, and shall be restricted to, firms or corporations regularly and primarily engaged in business as licensed customs brokers, accredited freight forwarders and NVOCC's at the Regional Customs Seaports and Regional International Airports. Such firms or corporations shall be admitted for membership as business firms only, and in all matters coming before the Association, only one (1) vote will be permitted to each member. Firms are required to upload the National Permit, FMC-OTI, IATA, and proof of local business address before approval. 

Affiliate Membership

Affiliate Membership shall be restricted to persons, firms or corporations not licensed Customs Brokers, Freight Forwarders, or NVOCC’s, but engaged in a business related to transportation or international trade services. Affiliate Members may attend general membership meetings at the discretion of the President or the Board, but may not vote or hold office. No Affiliate Member may utilize the membership in a manner contrary to the policy of the Association. Affiliate Members must use the word "Affiliate" to describe membership in the Association in all printed material, advertisements, and/or publications. No additional license or operating documentation is required before approval. 

Subscription Services

With the full implementation by Customs & Border Protection (CBP) of Remote Location Filing, Customhouse brokers, not in the CBP Los Angeles Field Office Region, make entry and interact with CBP in this Customs Field Office Region.

At the same time, outbound enforcement has increased the need by forwarders, licensed and located in other Customs Field Office Region, for clarification of local export procedures along with contact information of appropriate parties, both within CBP and other government agencies.

Firms meeting the criteria for regular membership excluding physical presence in the designed CBP Los Angeles Field Office Region can benefit from the work, educational and advocacy activities of the LACBFFA. For these companies and individuals (brokers, freight forwarders and NVOCCs, not located in the Los Angeles Customs Field Office Region) the association offers, on a subscription basis, its regular email notifications, including notification of LACBFFA’s workshops, classes, conferences and other activities, plus access to the membership section on the LACBFFA website. Subscription Services members do not appear in the annual printed membership directory. 

Applications will be reviewed by the LACBFFA Board at its monthly board meetings, and contacted subsequently for approval or additional information. Be sure to complete your application with full contact information, supporting license documents and payment for faster processing.