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What is the NCBFAA Annual Conference?

Now in its 45th year, the NCBFAA Annual Conference brings together more than 600 of the international trade industry's top representatives from around the United States. For four days in Rancho Mirage, CA, the nation's leading customs brokers, freight forwarders, NVOCCs, OTIs and service providers gather to update themselves on industry developments and to connect with colleagues new and old.

All NCBFAA Members and potential Regular, Affiliate, and Associate Members are strongly encouraged to consider joining us for the industry event of the year, the 2018 NCBFAA Annual Conference, where you will:

  • Learn from NCBFAA subject matter experts how to overcome industry challenges before your competitors do!
  • Hear from federal, state and industry experts about the latest issues affecting your business!    
  • Find out what new products and services can help your bottom line from our Exhibitors in the Exhibitor MarketPlace!  
  • Acquire fresh ideas by networking at numerous social venues with old friends and business colleagues while meeting new people!


Who should attend?

All NCBFAA Regular, Associate, and Affiliate Members are invited to attend, as well as those non-members who are eligible for NCBFAA Regular, Associate, or Affiliate membership. Because importers and exporters (NEI Professional Members) may attend various NEI webinars and participate in G.TEC as well as NEI Case Studies to obtain the required CEUs throughout the year, NEI Professional Members who are ineligible for NCBFAA Regular, Associate or Affiliate membership may no longer participate in either the NCBFAA Annual Conference or the NCBFAA Government Affairs Conference. For more information on membership, please click here.


What information do I need to register?

If you are an NCBFAA Member and already have an account, you will need your login information to access your individual NCBFAA account and receive member pricing for your registration. If you have forgotten your login information, you may request that it be sent to you here. If you are a member and do not have an account you will need to create an account here. Once you receive your login information, you may continue the process as above. Please keep in mind that the information that is in your NCBFAA account (Name, Company, E-mail, etc.) should be updated before registration, as badges and information for the attendee list are populated from this information. If you are registering your Spouse / Guest, share the program and tours that are a part of their program with them before registering.


What does my NCBFAA Annual Conference Registration include?

A fully paid Attendee registration includes:

  • Access to all sessions Monday – Wednesday
  • Attendance to four nights of social and networking functions
  • Dinner - Sunday
  • Breakfast and Lunch - Monday
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Tuesday 
  • Breakfasat, Lunch and light hors d'oeuvres on Wednesday
  • Access to Exhibitor MarketPlace
  • Golf on Sunday (additional cost)
  • PLEASE NOTE: This fully paid Attendee registration does not include Spouse/Guest events

A Spouse / Guest Registration includes:

  • Spouse / Guest Only Program: Orientation, First Lady’s Event, Spa, etc.
  • Access to four nights of social and networking functions
  • Dinner - Sunday
  • Breakfast and Lunch - Monday
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Tuesday 
  • Breakfasat, Lunch and light hors d'oeuvres on Wednesday
  • Golf on Sunday (additional cost)
  • PLEASE NOTE: Spouse / Guest registrants may neither attend the daily sessions nor work in an Exhibitor's booth.


How do I register for the NCBFAA Annual Conference?

To register for the 45th NCBFAA Annual Conference, click here. For step-by-step registration instructions, please click here.


How do I register my Spouse / Guest?

You should register your Spouse / Guest when you are registering yourself for attendance. After you enter in your billing information, at the bottom of the screen it will say “Add Guest,” click that button and then enter your Spouse / Guest’s information on the pages that follow. For step-by step registration instructions, please click here. If you have completed your own registration and need to add a guest afterwards, please e-mail


What is the cancellation policy for my registration?

We’ll be sorry that you won’t be able to join us for this exceptional learning and networking experience! However, we understand that things happen, so if you can’t attend, please notify us in writing as soon as possible. Refunds will be processed less a $75 administrative fee. No refunds will be made after April 13, 2018, or for no-shows. Cancellations may be submitted via email to or fax to 202-466-0226. Substitutions for this event only, may be made at any time, so if you are unable to attend, but someone else from your organization can be there in your place, please notify us in writing via email at .


I require a special meal or accommodations, how do I let you know?

If you require a special meal or accommodation, please let us know during registration where it asks if you have a special need. While vegetarian selections are provided at time of Conference registration, most other dietary preferences cannot be accommodated. The hotel is unable to provide special meals requested once you've been seated. Should you require a specific meal outside of what is provided, please describe at time of registration. Please note that certain meals may incur additional costs.


What should I pack for the Conference?

All NCBFAA events are business casual unless designated otherwise. Not everyone agrees on the temperature inside sessions, so be prepared to bring a jacket or sweater to ensure that you are comfortable. Rancho Mirage average temperatures in April reaches a high of 90 during the day and reaches down to around 61 in the evenings.  The number of days with any measurable precipation is 12. On average, there are 270 sunny days per year.  


What is the dress code?

Participants are expected to attend the Conference in business casual attire during the day and at most evening functions. With our industry partners and colleagues attending, it is important for each of us to reinforce the Association's professional image (no shorts, tee-shirts, or flip flops, please).


What will the weather be during the Conference dates?

The Palm Springs desert offers a beautiful, near-perfect climate year-round.  Having only 15-20 days of rainfall per year, dry air and low humidity means there is fun in the sun by day, and balmy desert coolness to enjoy at night.  Palm Springs is the ideal place for just about anyone who enjoys beautiful weather and outstanding views.  Rancho Mirage average temperatures in April reaches a high of 90 during the day and reaches down to around 61 in the evenings.  On average, there are 270 sunny days per year.  


How many CCS/CES credits is Annual Conference Attendance worth?

Attendance at the Annual Conference is worth 15 CCS/CES credits. For further information regarding CCS/CES credits and the Annual Conference, please e-mail


Spouse / Guest Information:

How can a registered Spouse / Guest participate?

Registered Spouse / Guests are invited to attend all social events. All registered Spouse / Guests are also encouraged to attend the breakfast on Monday, April 30. Those who have joined NCBFAA for past Conferences know that the special friendships made during the Spouse / Guests events are memorable, as veteran attendee's focus on meeting new attendees and help them enjoy all that Palm Springs and the Conference have to offer. There are Spouse / Guests activities each day and all are encouraged to attend every evening function.


What programs are available for Spouse/ Guests to register for?

There are many programs available for Spouse / Guests to enjoy.  In fact, of the list below, those uderlined are ONLY available to Spouse / Guests and not to regular Conference attendees!


  • Sunday 4/29: Golf tournament or tour on your own (Not Included)
  • Monday 4/30: Spouse / Guests Orientation                                                                    
  • Monday 4/30: First Lady’s Event 2018
  • Tuesday 5/1: Either Spa at the Mission Hills
    the Desert Tasty Tour



Remember to select your desired program options when registering for the Conference.  For step-by-step quidelines to register your Spouse / Guests. click here.


Activity Highlights



                                                                              | MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018 | SPOUSE/ GUEST ORIENTATION | 9 - 9:45 A.M. |

                                                                                                   | INCLUDED IN SPOUSE/ GUEST REGISTRATION PRICE |


We will provide all the information you could want to know about the Palm Springs Area, to help you make the most out of your stay, as well as a welcome mimosa toast to start off the AC.  There will also be a raffle, but you must be present to win.



                                                                              | MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018 | THE FIRST LADY'S EVENT | 3 - 5 P.M.|

                                                                                                    INCLUDED IN SPOUSE/GUEST REGISTRATION PRICE


The First Lady's even is a timeless tradition for NCBFAA.  Details to be determined.



                                                                              | TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018 | SPA AT THE WESTIN  MISSION HILLS RESORT| 9 A.M. - 8 P.M.|

                                                                                                             INCLUDED IN SPOUSE/GUEST REGISTRATION PRICE




Registered Spouse / Guests will receive a $75.00 voucher towards any Treatment at The Spa at Mission Hills . To receive your voucher, please register with NCBFAA first, and then make a reservation at the spa; the spa recommends that this be done at least two weeks in advance (direct line for reservations: 760- 770-2180). Upon your arrival at the Conference, you will find the $75 voucher in your registration envelope, but only if you are pre-registered for the spa treatment. Thus, it is imperative that you call the spa and make a reservation after registering with us; unfortunately without a reservation, the spa may not be able to accommodate you once you arrive. The voucher is non-transferable. Please visit this site for a list of treatments and prices:



Before going to your spa appointment, stop by the resort concierge desk for an additional $25 voucher towards certain spa treatments.  Please note that any costs exceeding $75 are the responsibility of the registrant Spouse / Guests.  If you plan to cancel your reservation, please do so 24 hours in advance by calling the spa to avoid paying a cancellation fee. Please arrive at the spa at least 30 minutes before your reservation time. You will receive a robe, slippers and a locker during your visit. Swimsuits are required when using the outdoor spa facilities. Please make sure to let the spa personnel know of any medical conditions that you may have. Please do not bring valuables or cell phones into the spa. On the day of your appointment you will have complimentary use of the fitness and motion studios as well as the private indoor and outdoor whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas, spa pool and relaxation lounge. 


Ready to make your reservation?  Contact the spa directly @




                                                                                             |  TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 |  Desert Tasty Tours  | 11 A.M. - 2 P.M.  |

                                                                                                       INCLUDED IN SPOUSE/GUEST REGISTRATION PRICE





What is Desert Tasty Tours?

A Desert Tasty Tours food tour is a three-hour, guided culinary and cultural stroll along Palm Desert’s El Paseo and Palm Springs’ Palm Canyon Drive. It combines enticing food tastings with historical, architectural and cultural insights from passionate local guides.

These 1 mile tours are suitable for all fitness levels and most appropriate for ages 13 and up.

Whether you are a visitor or a lifetime local, our food tour is a fun, casual way to sample the sights, sounds and flavors of Palm Desert and Palm Springs.

Stroll. Savor. Smile!