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The NCBFAA Educational Institute (NEI) is dedicated to providing educational opportunities to the members of NCBFAA & the larger trade community in the areas of international trade, supply chain management, global logistics, customs brokerage, export transactions, transportation, attendant government regulation, and those areas of knowledge necessary to manage or advance a career path in a business providing services to those sectors.

Mission Statement

The NCBFAA Educational Institute provides flexible, relevant educational opportunities to members of the NCBFAA, larger trade community, and next generation industry entrants to strengthen regulatory compliance in the cross-border trade realm and increase professionalism for individuals who desire to begin or advance a career in the industry.


The NCBFAA Educational Institute (NEI) is the premier educational institute for providing industry focused training for our professional individual members and the international trade community. We offer two foundational designations one of which is the Certified Customs Specialist (CCS). The other foundational designation we offer is the Certified Export Specialist (CES) in partnership with GISTnet. Also, two advanced designations which are the Masters Customs Specialist (MCS) and the Masters Export Specialist (MES).

Recently, we have expanded our certification programs to include the Certified Zone Specialist (CZS) in partnership with the NAFTZ and the FIATA Diploma in partnership with FIATA and TraversED. All certifications can be completed on NEI's Logistics-EI website except for the Certified Export Specialist (CES) which can be completed on GISTnet's website. 

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FIATA Diploma

NCBFAA/NEI is a member of FIATA - International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association - and is pending validation in May 2024 to offer the FIATA International Diploma. Successful completion of all three courses qualifies the learner for the FIATA International Diploma.

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The NCBFAA's Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) Certification is designed to assist trade professionals in becoming experts in the current import regulations.



The Master Customs Specialist (MCS) Certification designates its holders as possessing advanced knowledge and skills in U.S. Customs and its partner government agencies.



The Certified Export Specialist (CES) certification program is designed to help trade professionals become knowledgeable in current export regulations.



Designed for a broad audience, the 60-hour Master Export Specialist (MES) certificate program introduces an even higher level of excellence to our continuing education program.


The Certified Zone Specialist (CZS) certification program is designed to educate trade professionals in the growing and evolving U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) industry.

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Continuing Education

Continuing education is key to the mission of the NCBFAA Educational Institute (NEI). Once an individual has earned one of our four professional designations (CCS, MCS, CES, or MES), they must earn a specified number of continuing education credits each year in order to be eligible for recertification. Designees must both earn their continuing education credits and pay a renewal fee to maintain their designation annually.

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NEI Education Calendar

View our calendar for upcoming in-person events, live webinars, and trainings from the NCBFAA Educational Institute.

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Special Programs & Initiatives

Learn more about NEI sponsored programs such as Veterans to Trade and other initiatives.

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NEI Memberships

The NEI Professional Membership is open to individuals and the NEI Corporate Membership is open to corporate firms interested in expanding their knowledge or their employee's knowledge within the transportation logistics industry through various certifications, courses, and educational training.

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In addition to providing in-house training, NEI approves the training from other organizations, in order to expand the catalog of events, webinars, etc. available for those certified in our programs to meet their continuing education requirement.

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