Motor Carrier Bill Reintroduction May Pose Challenge to Members, NCBFAA Tells Congress
Washington, DC: In letters to last year’s Motor Carrier Protection Act sponsor, Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and cosponsor, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc., (NCBFAA) President Jeffrey Coppersmith expressed concern that a new draft bill currently circulating would make our members “the target of legislation aimed at unregulated fly-by-night domestic property brokers.” Absent changes to narrow the bill’s scope, the NCBFAA will not support the legislation.
Although the NCBFAA supports the bill’s intent, it’s effect as currently drafted, would be to impose an unnecessary regulatory layer on an already heavily burdened international supply chain.
“We hope you will consider making the refinements necessary to prevent our members from being swept up in a net designed for these domestic property brokers, who should be appropriately regulated by more specifically tailored legislation,” he concluded.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, the NCBFAA represents nearly 800 member companies with 100,000 employees in international trade - the nation's leading freight forwarders, customs brokers, ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs), NVOCCs and air cargo agents, serving more than 250,000 importers and exporters. Established in 1897 in New York, NCBFAA is the effective national voice of the industry. Through its various committees, counsel and representatives, the Association maintains a close watch over legislative and regulatory issues that affect its members. It keeps them informed of these and other related issues through its weekly Monday Morning eBriefing, and various meetings and conferences throughout the year.
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