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NEI Professional Membership

The NEI Professional Membership is open to individual employees of firms not eligible for other categories of NCBFAA membership but interested in expanding their knowledge of the transportation logistics industry through various courses, webinars, and educational offerings.

Chartered to encourage and facilitate professionalism in the transportation logistics services industry, the NCBFAA Educational Institute (NEI) is offering importers and exporters Professional Membership in one of America's oldest and most respected international trade organizations. For more than a century, the NEI's parent organization, the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders of America, Inc. (NCBFAA), has represented the commercial interests of  members who include Customs brokers, freight forwarders and ocean transportation intermediaries as well as members representing carriers, sureties, communications, ports, and other specialized services.
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Until now, membership in this renowned institution has been limited to corporations, partnerships, and sole owner companies; individuals were not eligible to belong. With the launch of NEI's category of Professional Membership, the scope of participation by colleagues from the international trade arena has been expanded.

IMPORTANT: Professional membership accords you the benefit of taking the courses, webinars, and NEI events such as G.TEC at the reduced member rate.* 

The NEI Professional Membership gives individuals in the international trade community an opportunity to stay in the know. Our member benefits are the weekly NEI Alert (industry newsletter), discounted certification courses, and events.

There are two fees associated with NEI Professional Memberships. The first is a one-time fee of $250 as the initial payment to receive access to membership. The second is an annual fee of $100 to remain an active NEI Professional Member. All NEI Professional Membership fees are separate from all course fees, certification renewal fees, and designation fees.

In addition to the NEI Professional Membership annual fee of $100 if you are a designee (completed a certification) then you would be required to pay the designation/certification annual renewal fee of $95 as well. 

*Annual membership renewal fees are separate from designation renewal fees for CCS, MCS, CES, or MES. Professional membership does not affect any of these designations.

Form & Fee

The initial cost of NEI membership is $250 with an annual renewal fee of $100. Priced to attract the maximum industry participation, NEI Professional Membership is a valuable addition to your curricula vitae.  Apply today!

To register for Professional Membership, please follow the steps below: 

  • Submit an Application for NEI Professional Membership
  • Wait for approval for the application (up to 2 business days). 
  • Remit payment for Professional Membership. You will be sent an invoice upon approval.
  • Once payment for Professional Membership has been received, you will automatically receive member pricing.
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  • You will receive member pricing for NEI hosted courses, as well as be added to the NEI newsletter distribution list. 
  • Current NEI programs enable participants to become Certified Customs Specialists (CCS), Master Customs Specialists (MCS), Certified Export Specialists (CES), and Master Export Specialists (MES). We also offer introductory courses: Import 101, Export 101, and Apparel 101.


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