Celebrating 126 years of service to the customs broker and freight forwarder industry, the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) marked its anniversary on March 22. While the association celebrated its 125th anniversary last year, the history of the organization dates back to the founding of the Customs Clerks Association of the Port of New York in 1897.
Initially known as the New York Customs Brokers Association, the organization became the “national voice” for the customs brokerage industry by 1945. Its membership was opened to customs brokers throughout the U.S, prompting a name change to the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America in 1948, and eventually to NCBFAA in 1962.
NCBFAA has come a long way since its New York beginnings and now operates out of Washington, D.C. However, the New York New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association has also played a significant role in the industry. This regional association marked its own milestone, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017.
Over the years, the NCBFAA has provided valuable support and resources to customs brokers and freight forwarders across the country. As the industry continues to evolve and face new challenges, the association remains committed to its mission of promoting the interests of its members and advancing the profession as a whole.