Now in its 51st year, the NCBFAA Annual Conference brings together more than 600 of the international trade industry's top representatives from around the United States. For four days in Fort Lauderdale,
the nation's leading customs brokers, freight forwarders, NVOCCs, OTIs, and service providers gather to update themselves on industry developments and connect with colleagues new and old.
All NCBFAA Members and potential Regular, Affiliate, and Associate Members are strongly encouraged to consider joining us for the industry event of the year, the 2024 NCBFAA Annual Conference, where you will:
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All NCBFAA Regular, Associate, and Affiliate Members are invited to attend, as well as those non-members who are eligible for NCBFAA Regular, Associate, or Affiliate membership.
Because importers and exporters (NEI Professional
Members) may attend various NEI webinars and participate in G.TEC, as well as NEI Case Studies, to obtain the required CEUs throughout the year, NEI Professional Members who are ineligible for NCBFAA Regular, Associate, or Affiliate
membership are not eligible to attend either the NCBFAA Annual Conference or the NCBFAA Government Affairs Conference.
For more information on membership, please click here.
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You must have an NCBFAA account to register for the Conference. If you need to create a profile, you can do that here.
Please keep in mind that the information that is currently in your NCBFAA account (Name, Company, E-mail, etc.) should be updated BEFORE registration, as badges and information for the
attendee list are populated from this information. If you are registering your Spouse/Guest, share the program and tours that are a part of their program with them before registering.
A fully paid Attendee registration includes:
A Spouse/Guest Registration includes:
To register for the 51st NCBFAA Annual Conference, click here.
You MUST register your Spouse/Guest when you are registering yourself for attendance. After you enter your billing information, the bottom of the screen will say “Add Guest.” Click
that button, then enter your Spouse/Guest’s information on the pages that follow. For a step-by-step guide on how to register your Spouse/Guest, please click here.
If you have completed your own registration and need to add a guest afterward, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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We’ll be sorry that you won’t be able to join us for this exceptional learning and networking experience! However, we understand that things happen, so if you can’t attend, please notify us in writing
as soon as possible. Refunds will be subject to a $75 administrative fee. Any refunds after 4/5/2024 will be subject to a $175.00 administrative fee. Registration substitutions (for this event only) are accepted anytime, so if
you are unable to attend, but someone else from your organization can be there in your place, please notify us in writing via email at email@example.com.
If you require a special meal or accommodation, please let us know, in specific detail, during registration or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certain meals may incur additional costs.
All NCBFAA events are business casual unless designated otherwise. Not everyone agrees on the temperature inside sessions, so be prepared to bring a jacket or sweater to be sure that you are comfortable.
Participants are expected to attend the Conference in business casual attire during the day and at most evening functions. With our industry partners and colleagues attending, it is important for each of us to reinforce
the Association's professional image (no shorts, tee-shirts, or flip flops, please).
Fort Lauderdale has pleasant, warm weather in April. The average maximum daytime temperature in Fort Lauderdale in April is 83°F. The average night-time temperature is usually around 68°F. To view
current weather in Fort Lauderdale,
Attendance at the Annual Conference is generally worth around 16 CCS/CES credits. Credits will be automatically applied after the conference.
Registered Spouse/Guests are invited to attend all social events. Those who have joined NCBFAA for past Conferences know that the special friendships made during the Spouse/Guests events are memorable, as veteran attendees focus on
meeting new attendees and helping them enjoy all that Fort Lauderdale and the Conference have to offer. There are Spouse/Guests activities each day, and all are encouraged to attend every evening function.
Please note: Select your Spouse/Guest's desired program options when registering for the Conference. For a step-by-step guide on how to register your Spouse/Guest, click here.
| Sunday, April 14 | Golf Tournament | 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. |
ADDITIONAL COST ($125)
This year's Golf Tournament will take place at the Jacaranda Golf Club. The bus to the golf course will depart from the hotel at 7:45 a.m. and will return at 2:00 p.m. to the hotel. Please note that there will be no registration cancellations
after April 1st and there will be no registrations or changes in golf foursomes after April 3rd.
| Sunday, April 14 | Water Taxi Tour | 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. |
ADDITIONAL COST ($35)
The Water Taxi will pick you up from the nearest stop at 1001 Seabreeze Blvd., which is approximately a 10-minute walk from the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa property. You can get on or off of the Water Taxi
at any of its numerous stops. Highlights of the Water Taxi's route include Birch State Park
and the shops and restaurants at Las Olas.
| Monday, April 15th | Spouse/Guest Meet & Greet | 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. |
INCLUDED IN SPOUSE/GUEST REGISTRATION PRICE
We will provide all of the information you could want to know about the Fort Lauderdale area, to help you make the most out of your stay, as well as a welcome mimosa to start off the Annual Conference. There will also be a raffle.
You must be present to win the raffle.
| Monday, April 15th | Spouse/Guest President's Reception, hosted by Billy Fields & Lisa James| 3:00 - 5:00 P.M. |
INCLUDED IN SPOUSE/GUEST REGISTRATION PRICE
This is a chance to meet and socialize with other Spouses/Guests.
| Tuesday, April 16th | Jewelry Making with NCBFAA Member, Tina Jansen | 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. |
Join NCBFAA member Tina Jansen for a fun afternoon of making your own jewelry. Tina will provide materials (including holiday-themed beads) and tutorials for how to make your own pieces of jewelry. Refreshments will also be served.
| Tuesday, April 16th | Spa Day | 9:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. |
$75 SPA CREDIT PROVIDED; ADDITIONAL FEES MAY APPLY
Discover an exceptional fusion of spa and wellness at The Spa. This unique spa retreat located in Fort Lauderdale offers you personalized programs that infuse life with a greater sense of vitality. Discover the motivating kick-start
of a new, evidence-based approach to nutrition and exercise, designed to transform you from the inside out. Call the Spa at (954) 765-3032 or click here to make a reservation.
The Spa recommends that a reservation be made at least two weeks in advance. Without a reservation, the Spa may not be able to accommodate you. For more information, click here.
| Wednesday, April 17th | Private Cabana | 8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. |
NCBFAA will provide the Spouse/Guest attendees with a shared private poolside cabana. Amenities include 1 bed, 2 lounges, 2 chairs 2 pillows, 32” flat screen TV, towels, and food & beverage service from Sea Level Restaurant!
On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., there will be a reserved table at the hotel restaurant, Riva, for spouses and guests to gather. From Sunday - Wednesday, the NCBFAA Hospitality
Area will be open various hours for spouses and guests to enjoy and relax.
The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa is approximately 5 miles from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Upon check-in, please inform the front desk of your parking arrangements and mention your affiliation with the NCBFAA Annual Conference in order to receive our discounted parking rate.
The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa does NOT offer an airport shuttle.
If transportation is needed from the airport, we suggest using a taxi or rideshare apps such as Uber and Lyft.
In an effort to more accurately manage our room block allotment, NCBFAA has updated its hotel registration policy requiring attendees to now register for the Conference prior to making their hotel reservations.
Upon the completion of your Conference registration, you will receive a link to the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa reservation page that includes NCBFAA's special room block rate of $239 + fees ([Occupancy
Tax, 13%] $31.07 + [Resort Fee] $22.60 ) = $292.67 per night. This policy change will ensure all registered attendees have the opportunity to stay at the Conference hotel. Demand for reservations is always high, so make sure you
register for the 2024 NCBFAA Annual Conference before March 5, 2024, when our group rate is up. Please keep in mind that rooms may not be available if we sell out of them before this date, so please secure your reservations at
the hotel as soon as possible. Rooms outside of the NCFBAA room block are currently going for $500+ per night. Also note that if no available rooms are shown when you go to register, it may be helpful to try adjusting the dates listed in your search. This is because if one of your listed dates is unavailable,
no rooms will be shown even if they may be available within the other dates listed in your search. If you have any issues securing your hotel reservation, please contact email@example.com.
If this occurs, you may contact nearby hotels to make an alternate reservation, or make arrangements via any online hotel booking website, keeping the cancellation policy in mind, should accommodations at the Fort
Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa become available. Also note that if no available rooms are shown when you go to register, it may be helpful to try adjusting the dates listed in your search. This is because
if one of your listed dates is unavailable, no rooms will be shown even if they may be available within the other dates listed in your search. If you have any issues securing your hotel reservation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The room rate that has been secured for our Conference attendees is $239 + fees ([Occupancy Tax, 13%] $31.07 + [Resort Fee] $22.60 ) = $292.67 per night.
Click here for hotel room details and pictures. Click here to learn more the additional accommodations available.
Basic Wi-Fi will be available for all attendees staying at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, and is included in the resort fee paid when making your hotel reservation.
You may cancel your reservation for no charge before 11:59 PM local hotel time 7 days before your check-in date. Cancellations made after this time will incur a cancellation fee (specified during the reservation process).
If you would like to ship anything to the hotel, please use this link to learn more and contact the hotel's FedEx business center.
Yes! Discover the motivating kick-start of a new, evidence-based approach to nutrition and exercise, designed to transform you from the inside out at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. Call the Spa at (954) 765-3032 or click here to make a reservation. The Spa recommends that a reservation be made at least two weeks in advance. Without a reservation, the Spa may not be able to accommodate you. For more information, click here.
Links to Conference materials are sent via e-mail at least two weeks prior to the Conference. If you would like hard copies of the program, attendee lists, presentations, or other Conference documents, you will
need to print and bring them with you to the Conference. No hard copies will be available onsite.
Up to, and throughout the Conference, you can go to the NCBFAA website to keep track of Conference events. Once on site, there will also be a mobile app which will feature a Conference program page.
Yes! Once again, the NCBFAA Annual Conference Mobile App will be available for attendees to use throughout the event. The app will open with a splash page, and then lead to a log in screen. Once logged in, the
user will see a ‘home’ page with multiple buttons. A side menu will allow the user to see the full list of menu items. Use the app to add and view content for four different types of Conference-goers – Sponsors,
Exhibitors, Speakers, and Attendees. Each type will have a main alphabetical list of entries, with the ability to click on a specific entry for more detailed information. All four types will allow app users to ‘follow’
these entries, adding them to a list within the Attendee profile for quick reference. Users can also make additions/changes to their app profile easily.
The app also allows users to view content for the Conference Agenda/Schedule. On this list, users will have the ability to click on an event title for more detailed information (including showing the speaker and users who have added the item to
their attendance list [note: attendance lists on the app are for private use only and not visible to NCBFAA staff]). From the entry, users can also click to view the speakers’ detail card. The entry also shows its own mini-feed of posts specifically tagged with this event.
For an added level of connectivity, the app allows for posts, photo posts and surveys the users can participate with. There is a central Activity feed that allows users to see what’s going on during the Conference. They can
add to this feed directly or through other parts of the app. Many Activity items tie in with the Leaderboard of the app – users can gain points by completing certain tasks and reaching milestones, adding direct communication/participation
with users. In addition, certain activities will be eligible for prizes.
The app supports surveys, both for specific sessions, as well as a general Conference survey. Completion of the surveys will give NCBFAA feedback about the engagement of the Conference material and also serve as a way for users
to add to their own points. It also includes an overview map for the event location, allowing users to quickly see where they need to be. A section of the app ties directly to the NCBFAA Social Media Sites. The app will also
have a Resources section. This section of the app will support a blog that will replace the Daily Voice Annual Conference newsletter and files section (i.e., session handouts) to be available to the user.
The hotel has a staffed on-site Business Center available. The Business Center is open from 8am - 6pm on weekdays only.
Badges are required for admission to all Conference sessions and functions and are to be worn "High and Right" if not on a lanyard. Badges are non-transferable. Individuals needing badges can pick them up at the NCBFAA Registration Desk upon completion of the registration process.
We understand that pressing business may interrupt you, but please be considerate of your fellow attendees, presenters, and special guests. No calls are permitted during Conference sessions. All devices should either
be turned off or set to vibrate. In the event of a call, please step OUT of the room. NCBFAA will provide numerous power strips throughout Conference session rooms for laptop use. We also request that participants not make recordings
of the sessions. It is a violation of federal copyright laws to record session presentations in any manner. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and consideration.
Yes. On Sunday, April 14th, 2024, the Hospitality area will be located in Palm Terrace, from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. On Monday April 15th, it will be located in the Exhibitor MarketPlace, in the Grand
Ballroom from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, April 16th, and Wednesday, April 17th, it will be located in Palm Terrace, from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
The funding supplied by our Conference sponsors contributes greatly to making it possible for the Association to provide attendees with the Conference experience they have come to expect over the years. In light of
this welcome support, we encourage our attendees to not only visit each of the Exhibitors in the MarketPlace, but also thank all our gracious sponsors who can be easily identified by their Sponsor ribbons.
Yes. The Exhibitor MarketPlace will be in the Grand Ballroom and include booths featuring products and/or services geared to the Customs Broker/Freight Forwarder/NVOCC industry. We once again remind and encourage
everyone to be sure to visit the diverse exhibits Monday and Tuesday during breakfast, coffee breaks, and lunch. Individual booth raffles will be held Tuesday, April 16th, at 3 p.m.!
All fully paid registrants are invited to breakfast Monday through Wednesday, April 15th - 17th. All registrants are invited to the Breakfast on Monday, April 15th, 8:00-10:00
a.m., in the Exhibitor MarketPlace in the Grand Ballroom. Tuesday's Breakfast Buffet will be held from 7:00-9:00 a.m. in the Exhibitor MarketPlace. Wednesday's Breakfast Buffet will be held from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom,
located on the 3rd floor. Spouse/Guest will receive coupons for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for breakfast at the hotel restaurant, Riva.
Please note: The daily coupons received in your spouse/guest registration packet are only redeemable for each day as indicated. Special registration rates may not include breakfast. Check with NCBFAA for details.
We suggest all moderators contact their speakers and panelists to finalize their presentations for that day. The NCBFAA Team will be happy to assist in coordinating conference calls between you and your panelists
prior to arriving on site. Once on-site, Kim O'Beirne (pronounced O’Burn) with the NCBFAA Meetings Department will coordinate moderator reservations in the Exhibitor MarketPlace on the morning of the presentation. There
will be a speaker ready room available Monday - Wednesday from 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Orlando room located on the 2nd floor.
From time to time, NCBFAA uses photographs taken at Conferences and events in its promotional materials and on its website. Unless this permission is revoked in writing to NCBFAA, by virtue of their attendance, all
Conference visitors agree to the use of their likeness in such materials.
This year at the Conference, we will again be implementing a drink ticket system for alcoholic beverages (non-alcoholic beverages will not require a drink ticket). Attendees will be given 2 drink tickets for each qualifying event. Please use each ticket during its specified time/date.
Each First Time Attendee will receive a call to explain what toccs expect at the Conference, and it will include a description of the Invitation-Only Event, where they are a special guest of the Officers, Board
of Directors, and Affiliated Association Presidents, who want to officially welcome them to their first NCBFAA Conference.
Sunday, April 14th, on the Dunes Coconut Terrace, from 6 to 7 p.m. Displaying their Stewart B. Hauser First Timer ribbon has historically proven to be a great way to meet new colleagues, which often
sets the momentum for new participants.
At 7 p.m., following the Stewart B. Hauser First Timer's Reception, attendees have the opportunity to attend the Exhibitor MarketPlace Grand Opening celebration. The celebration officially opens the Annual Conference.
Participants are invited to enjoy refreshments and encouraged to visit the Exhibit Booths. From 7 p.m. - 8 p.m., attendees are invited to the Welcome Reception dinner, located on the Ocean View Terrace. This gathering
of old friends and colleagues is a great chance to make new friends and acquaintances, as NCBFAA officially welcomes all registrants to the 2024 Annual Conference.
Yes, on Wednesday, April 17th, from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. The event will officially close the Conference for final goodbyes to all your friends and colleagues, until next
year at NCBFAA's 52nd Annual Conference to be held in Phoenix, AZ, April 6th - 9th.
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We will be offering an alternate Water Taxi Tour option. The Water Taxi will pick you up from the nearest stop at 1001 Seabreeze Blvd., which is approximately a 10-minute walk from the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach
Resort & Spa property. You can get on or off of the Water Taxi at any of its numerous stops.
Highlights of the Water Taxi's route include Birch State Park and the shops and restaurants at Las Olas.
To learn more about other activity alternatives, click on this link for
further information, or call the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa's Concierge desk. You will find that several of these tours and attractions are conveniently located just minutes from the
Please browse the 2024 Annual Conference Sponsorship Information page to view our growing list of current sponsors and to access the benefits and sponsorship submission form. For additional information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kim O'Beirne at email@example.com.
The next annual Government Affairs Conferences take place September 22-24, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Washington. The 2025 Government Affairs Conferences will take place September 7-9, 2025 and will be held at the
Grand Hyatt Washington.
The 2025 Annual Conference will take place April 6th - 9th at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, AZ.
Exhibitor set up will be on Sunday, April 14th, starting at 11 a.m. Exhibits must be finished by 5 p.m. Sunday night, without exception.
There is no limit to the number of booth workers. There is a maximum of 2 Exhibit Booth Registrants. All other booth workers must complete the regular Attendee Registration. One registration
is included in the exhibit fee, along with the option to pay for one additional worker at a reduced rate. All other workers will need to register as attendees via the website at the full registration price.
If two booths are purchased, then two registrations will be included, as well as the option to add one additional worker at the reduced rate. All registrations will include Conference materials and typical registration
access to meals, social functions, and sessions. Spouse/Guests have their own program and are not to work inside the booth. If you have a Spouse/Guest that you would like to work in the booth, they will need
to either register as an exhibitor assistant or a regular attendee. No exceptions.
Single Booth also includes the availability of one Exhibitor Assistant at a reduced rate.
Double Booth also includes the availability of one Exhibitor Assistant at a reduced rate as well as one additional complimentary registration.
These services are provided by the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. Ordering will be available through your Exhibitor kit.
Once your exhibitor registration has been processed, we will provide your contact information to the company in charge of the exhibit space. They will provide an Exhibitor Kit to you that will detail
shipping information, how to order electric, display material, etc. Please be sure to take notice of the cut-off dates for shipping. Please do not ship your items directly to the hotel.
All attendees on the floor must be registered either as an attendee, exhibitor, or paid guest. If you wish to have someone come and visit the booth, they will need to see the NCBFAA
Registration Desk to get registered or be registered ahead of time.
During hours that the NCBFAA Exhibitor MarketPlace is closed, NCBFAA will have the ballroom locked and secured. No one will be allowed in the hall when the NCBFAA Exhibitor
MarketPlace is closed, including exhibitors. We will allow exhibitors access to the hall one hour prior to each opening on Monday and Tuesday. We recommend, though, that electronics such as
laptops and other expensive items be monitored or placed out of sight when you are not at your booth.
Yes, the Exhibitor MarketPlace will be open all day. We ask that there always be someone in the booth, but if you need to step away, again, please place any valuables out of sight, or
take them with you. Please see our Exhibitor MarketPlace Schedule for the hours your booth must be attended.
Yes! Feel free to collect business cards and hold a raffle. At the last break on Tuesday, April 16th, we will have a microphone available to announce your winner(s). We will begin the raffle announcements about 20 minutes prior to the NCBFAA Exhibitor MarketPlace closure to ensure attendees have time to make it to the next scheduled session. Please pull the winners prior to stepping up to the microphone to help speed things along (we suggest picking three winners in case the first selected winner is not present).
If you plan to golf, which we encourage you to register for, just keep in mind you will still be required to have your booth set up at by 5 p.m. on Sunday evening. So, plan accordingly to ensure you will have enough time to get your booth set up when you return from the Tournament.
The Exhibitor MarketPlace will close on Tuesday, April 16th, at 3:30 p.m. There is absolutely no dismantling of booths prior to 3:30 p.m., as this is not only a breach of contract but also
very disruptive to the Exhibitor MarketPlace and booths around you. Teardown must be completed by 5 p.m.
Definitely! There will be an exhibitor meeting from 2:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16th, in the Hall, to discuss the 2023 and 2024 exhibits.