NCBFAA has both Principal and Regular Standing Committees which are tasked with analyzing and acting upon internal matters involving operations of the association and external actions related to legislation and regulations that shape the day-to-day operations of the industry.
We invite Regular Members to become involved and apply their skills and talents to better serve our industry!
Learn more about committee activities and access toolkits and other resources!
Benefits to Joining a Committee
Every Regular Member can make a markable difference in how our industry operates now and well into the future by participating in one of NCBFAA’s three primary Standing Committees—Transportation, Customs, and Regulatory Agencies. These three committees also consist of myriad legislative- and regulatory-specific subcommittees. Participation in NCBFAA Committees and Subcommittees also maximizes the benefits of Regular membership and offers opportunities for professional growth, collaborative discourse, and lifelong friendships among industry colleagues.
Q: What level of membership is required to join a NCBFAA Committee or Subcommittee?A: You must be a Regular Member to join a NCBFAA Committee or Subcommittee, as well as to attend any of the meetings.
Q: What is the time commitment?A: Most key NCBFAA Committees meet monthly via tele-conference for an hour, as well as on an ad-hoc basis when necessary, while Subcommittees generally meet less frequently depending on the urgency of the legislative or regulatory topic to be addressed. The Committees also meet in-person prior to the Annual Conferences and Government Affairs Conferences.
Q: Can I join more than one Committee?A: Yes, but it is recommended that you chose one NCBFAA Committee to focus your involvement. Within the various Standing Committees, you may participate in one or more Subcommittees, as your schedule permits.
Q: What are the benefits of joining a Committee?A: Participation in the NCBFAA Committees and Subcommittees maximizes the benefits of Regular membership in the Association and personally offers opportunities for professional growth, collaborative discourse, and lifelong friendships among industry colleagues.
Q: How do I join a Committee today?A: Send an email expressing your interest to NCBFAA Communications Director Christopher Gillis at email@example.com, and he will forward your details to the appropriate NCBFAA Committee Chair for further direction on how to participate.
The NCBFAA President appoints the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, subject to confirmation by the Board, to lead these Committees. Each Committee consists of nine voting members appointed from each of the nine designated geographical areas. Only one individual from a member firm shall be appointed or serve in a voting capacity on any single Principal Standing Committee. The three Principal Standing Committees--Custom Committee, Nominating Committee, and Transportation Committee--may consist of topic-specific subcommittees. The Regular-Standing Committees include the Annual Conference, Budget and Finance, Membership, and Regulatory Agencies committees.
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Represents the Ocean Transportation Intermediary (OTI), Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) and Independent Air Carrier (IAC) member interests for all transportation modes and compliance matters. The Committee formulates strategic plans, working with NCBFAA outside counsel, to represent the members’ interests in front of the Federal Maritime Commission and other various government agencies and Congress that have regulatory oversight and legislative impact on the industry.
Geoff Powell, Chair
Charter: At its 2011 Annual Meeting, the NCBFAA membership approved a change to the NCBFAA By-laws that combined the responsibilities of the Freight Forwarding Committee, the Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier ("NVOCC")
Committee and the Freight Forwarding Committee, Subcommittee on Airfreight into a new Principal Standing Committee, the Transportation Committee.
Our work with FMC and other Government Agencies:
The Customs Committee is responsible for recommending policy and strategy to the Board of Directors pertaining to Customs Business, automation, ACE, entry, the right to make entry, 21CCF, 111, DHS policy, homeland security, drawback and other initiatives that impact the brokerage industry as undertaken by Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Sandra Langford-CoTy, Chair
Charter: Responsible for recommending policy and strategy to the Board of Directors with regard to customs brokerage issues coming before the association. Provides direct linkage to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection
on many programs of special interest. Those members listed as representing specific NCBFAA Areas are the nine voting members of the Committee; all others are non-voting, subject matter experts who assist the Committee in its deliberations.
Our work with CBP:
The Regulatory Agencies Committee (RAC) serves as the link between NCBFAA and the Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) – those agencies with regulatory authority over imports and exports. Founded in 2007, the RAC has evolved from a committee primarily focused on the Food and Drug Administration to a committee with a broader mission encompassing all the PGAs that touch upon imports. With most PGAs now participating in ACE, compliance with the regulatory agencies’ import requirements has become an increasingly complex and demanding part of every customs broker’s job.
Mike Lahar, Chair
Charter: The Regulatory Agencies Committee (RAC) serves as the link between NCBFAA and the Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) – those agencies with regulatory authority over imports. Founded in 2007, the RAC
has evolved from a committee primarily focused on the Food and Drug Administration to a committee with a broader mission encompassing all the PGAs that touch upon imports. With most PGAs now participating in ACE, compliance with the regulatory
agencies’ import requirements has become an increasingly complex and demanding part of every customs broker’s job.
Our work with USDA, APHIS, AMS:
Our work with FDA:
Our work with EPA:
BRIAN BARBER, CHAIR
Charter: The NCBFAA Nominating Committee is a select group of NCBFAA members charged with identifying nominees for election to the NCBFAA Board. The roles and responsibilities of the Nomination Committee is a part of the corporate governance. The committee is responsible for evaluating and recommending the candidates for the NCBFAA Board of Directors. The committee also scrutinizes the skills and characteristics required for becoming a board candidate.
Affiliate Presidents Network (Chair Amy Slavco)Annual Conference Committee (Chair Steven Powell)Budget and Finance Committee (Chair Marie Armelagos)Bylaws Committee (Chair Lee Hardeman)Drawback Committee (Chair Michael Cerny)Government Affairs Conference Committee (Chair Eduardo Acosta, Co-Chair Steven Powell)Legislative Committee (Chair Leah Ellis, Co-Chair Steven Powell)Membership Committee (Chair Michelle Francis)PAC Committee (Chair Jenette Prince)Scholarship Committee (Chair Joe Trulik)
The Transportation Committee (Chair Geoff Powell/Vice Chair Rich Roche)includes the following Subcommittees:
The Customs Committee (Chair Sandy Langford-Coty/Vice Chair Ralph De La Rosa)includes the following:
The Regulatory Agencies Committee (RAC) (Chair Mike Lahar/Vice Chair Karen Damon)includes the following:
21 June, 2022, 12 PM-1 PM
Tuesday, June 21st
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
Tuesday, June 21st
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
1 CCS Credit
$25 for Members | $45 for Non-Members
About the Presenters
Jennifer (Jen) Diaz
President and Founder of Diaz Trade Law
Jennifer (Jen) Diaz is the President and Founder of Diaz Trade Law. Jen is a Chambers ranked, Board Certified International Attorney specializing in customs and international trade. For more than 15 years, Jen has provided legal advice and customized training on import and export compliance to industry, with a strong record of success in mitigating federal administrative enforcement actions.
Jen has received many accolades from the legal community, including being recognized by “Super Lawyers” as a Top International Attorney, having an AV rating of “Superb,” and serving as President of the Organization of Women in International Trade (2018-2019). A frequent media commentator, Jen has authored book chapters for The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association, numerous Bloomberg Law articles and other leading publications. Jen is Editor of “Customs & International Trade Law” a blog recognized by the U.S. Library of Congress as being an important part of the legal historical record.
*Committee and BOD meetings are only open to Regular members