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Committees

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.
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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Principal Standing Committees
 

Transportation Committee & Subcommittee

 

Melzie Wilson, 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.


Customs Committee & Subcommittee

 

Mary Jo Muoio, 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.


Regulatory Agencies Committee & Subcommittee

 

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.

Upcoming Meetings & Conferences
 

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*Committee and BOD meetings are only open to Regular members

Regular Standing Committees
 

Affiliated Presidents Network

Charter: The APN facilitates the sharing of information, communication and common issues among local associations and the NCBFAA.


Annual Conference Program Planning Committee

Charter: Responsible for planning and executing the various aspects of the NCBFAA's National Conference.


Board of Directors


Budget & Finance Committee

Charter: The Budget & Finance Committee shall provide guidance to the NCBFAA to ensure its financial viability for future generations. We shall review and approve all committee budgets; assist the NCBFAA leadership and Treasurer; advise members of the financial performance of the association; and create and execute a strategic plan so that the NCBFAA may enjoy the financial security necessary to serve members well into the future.


Bylaw Committee

Charter: Responsible for preparing recommendations to update and revise the bylaws at the annual meeting as needed.


Customs Committee

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.


Drawback Committee

Charter: Responsible for addressing U.S. Customs and Border Protection drawback program issues and activities. Provides direct linkage to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on drawback issues.


Legislative Committee

Charter: Responsible for maintaining a grassroots legislative advocacy system and providing planning oversight for the Government Affairs Conference.


Membership Committee

Charter: Responsible for developing and implementing programs directed at membership recruitment and relations. Also responsible for developing member benefit programs and oversight of membership programs.


NCBFAA Educational Institute Committee

Charter: Responsible for all educational programs for the organization. Also oversees credentialing for these programs.

Notes: Responsible for all educational programs for the organization. Also oversees credentialing for these programs. Advisory Committee: Members of this category will be in a position to advise the NEI regarding the educational programs while maintaining the integrity of the overall programs. They will be invited to NEI meetings on an unfunded basis strictly as an advisor and will not hold voting status. Policy Committee: Members of this category will include past NEI chairmen, the President of the association, the Transportation and Customs committee Chairmen. The functions of the policy committee are to develop and define parameters, as well as maintain oversight of the educational programs. It is imperative to establish and maintain consistency with regards to policies affecting our programs. This committee will meet separately via conference call whenever necessary, but no less than annually to review and vote on educational policies. Content Committee: This will be a working committee whose functions will be to establish, edit and/or approve the content of the NEI offered programs. Each committee member will be required to create a case study and edit one created by another committee member on an annual basis. Note that the creation of one case study and service on this committee should satisfy 20 continuing educational points for the year for the writer. This committee will also settle any content disputes on exams or case studies. This committee will hold a funded meeting annually to establish and review the year's webinars, case studies, publications and any other educations offerings during the year.


NCBFAA Educational Institute Committee, Administration/IT Committee

Charter: This committee will monitor the technology needs of the NEI and suggest those platform and program enhancements that may be needed to provide NEI participants with the tools to succeed.


NCBFAA Educational Institute Committee, CCS Committee


NCBFAA Educational Institute Committee, CES Committee


NCBFAA Educational Institute Committee, Content Committee

Charter: This will be a working committee whose functions will be to establish, edit and/or approve the content of the NEI offered programs. Each committee member will be required to create a case study and edit one created by another committee member on an annual basis. Note that the creation of one case study and service on this committee should satisfy 20 continuing educational points for the year for the writer. This committee will also settle any content disputes on exams or case studies. This committee will hold a funded meeting annually to establish and review the year's webinars, case studies, publications and any other educations offerings during the year.


NCBFAA Educational Institute Committee, Marketing Committee

Charter: This committee will ensure that the NEI marketing resources are used effectively to publicize the NEI's programs among all interested constituencies.


NCBFAA Educational Institute Committee, Policy Committee

Charter: Members of this category will include past NEI chairmen, the President of the association, the Transportation and Customs committee Chairmen. The functions of the policy committee are to develop and define parameters, as well as maintain oversight of the educational programs. It is imperative to establish and maintain consistency with regards to policies affecting our programs. This committee will meet separately via conference call whenever necessary, but no less than annually to review and vote on educational policies.


NCBFAA Educational Institute Committee, Steering Committee

Charter: Members of this category will be in a position to advise the NEI regarding the educational programs while maintaining the integrity of the overall programs. They will be invited to NEI meetings on an unfunded basis strictly as an advisor and will not hold voting status.


NCBFAA Educational Institute E-Mail Distribution List

Charter: To be added to the NCBFAA Educational Institute E-Mail Distribution List you must join this committee. There are no meetings, elections, white papers or any other committee work. It is merely a construct to help us rebuild the list that existed prior to our migration to this new site. There is no cost to join this list and membership on it ensures that you will receive information on upcoming NCBFAA Educational Institute Events!


Nominating Committee

Charter: Responsible for soliciting and presenting nominations for service on the NCBFAA Board of Directors and Executive Officers.


Officers' Committee

Charter: Senior management team for the NCBFAA.


Political Action Committee Board of Governors

Charter: Responsible for oversight and management of the NCBFAA Political Action Committee. 


Regulatory Agencies Committee

Charter: Responsible for liaison with federal regulatory agencies other than U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Federal Maritime Commission. Provides direct linkages to more than 30 agencies and government bodies.


Scholarship Committee

Charter: Responsible for conducting NCBFAA's Annual Scholarship program.


Transportation Committee

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.

Topic-Specific Subcommittees
 

Customs Committee, 21CCF Working Group

Charter: Responsible for articulating and drafting the association’s position to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in crafting the 21st Century Customs Framework (21CCF).


Customs Committee, Automation Subcommittee

Charter: Responsible for providing recommendations to the Customs Committee on U.S. Customs and Border Protection automation programs and initiatives. Provides direct linkage to U.S. Customs and Border Protection on automation programs.


Customs Committee, Trade Interruption & Resumption Planning Subcommittee 

Charter: Responsible for drafting an outline of business needs associated with any form of business interruption—cyberattacks, natural disasters, CBP downtime—the full spectrum of manmade and natural events which impact trade processing.


Transportation Committee, Logistics Subcommittee

Charter: This committee will concentrate on the movement of freight via all modes other than air and NVOCC issues, including but not limited to ocean, rail and truck. Regardless of whether the cargo is imported or exported, this committee will cover inland freight issues as well as demurrage and detention challenges at the ports as well as carriage of freight via ocean.


Transportation Committee, Subcommittee on Airfreight

Charter: This committee is tasked with all airfreight issues, whether import or export. Chairperson will establish and maintain regular contact with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as well as airlines and others involved in air freight transportation.


Transportation Committee, Subcommittee on Export Compliance

Charter: This committee will address compliance issues with government agencies, including but not limited to Census, CBP, BIS, State Department and OFAC. Committee members have export compliance responsibilities within their organizations and represent small, medium and large forwarders.


Transportation Committee, Subcommittee on NVOCC

Charter: This committee will address all issues involving NVOCCs and will maintain regular contact with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and transportation counsel.