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Mary Jo Muoio to Receive Coveted NCBFAA Centurion Award during 50th Annual Conference Golden Jubilee

Jan 30, 2023 by Susan Bailey

Silver Spring, MD, January 30, 2023—Mary Jo Muoio will receive the coveted NCBFAA Centurion Award during the 50th Annual Conference Golden Jubilee in New Orleans on April 23-26.

NCBFAA will present this award to Muoio, a longtime NCBFAA Member and Customs Committee Chair, Past President, and Senior Counselor of the association, in appreciation of her outstanding vision, leadership, and dedication to the betterment of the international transportation community. 

“I am truly honored to have this opportunity to bestow Mary Jo with the Centurion Award,” said NCBFAA President Jose D. (JD) Gonzalez. “I have the utmost appreciation for all the work that she has unselfishly performed over many years to improve our industry. Her valuable accomplishments and achievements have benefited all of us in the customs brokerage business.”

The NCBFAA Centurion Award was established in 2006 by then NCBFAA President Federico (Kiko) Zuniga to be the association’s highest recognition to an individual member for his or her dedication to the customs brokerage industry. Muoio will join an esteemed list of past recipients, including Arthur Litman (2006), Harvey Isaacs (2007), Paul Wegener (2008), Leonard Shayne (2009), Peter Powell Sr. (2010), Harold Brauner (2011), Kenneth Bargteil (2013), Mary Ann Comstock (2015), William (Billy) App (2019), Jonathan Kent (2020), and Edward Greenberg (2021).

“I have always been impressed with the knowledge and polish Mary Jo has brought to her leadership positions in NCBFAA,” said Zuniga who now serves as NEI Consultant (formerly NEI Executive Director) and NCBFAA Senior Counselor. “She has represented us with the upmost professionalism, and we are better off today as an association than before she started due to her wonderful leadership and work.” 

Zuniga added: “As a father of two daughters I am also thrilled to acknowledge the wonderful role model Mary Jo is and what can be accomplished with hard work and dedication. This recognition as a NCBFAA Centurion is testament to her dedication to a profession in which we all share with her.”

Muoio currently serves as Director of Customs and Trade Programs for the Global Mile Product at INTL. She was previously Senior Vice President of Trade Services at Geodis USA and before that was Senior Vice President of Barthco International, Inc., (acquired by Geodis) for nearly 40 years. Muoio is also a licensed customs broker, passing the exam with the highest score in the nation.

She was recently named NCBFAA Customs Committee Chair-Emeritus, after serving many years as Customs Committee Chair following her two terms as NCBFAA President and NCBFAA Chair. Before being elected as the first female President of the association, she served as Vice President, Secretary, and Board of Director Member, and stood in various key Association committees.

Muoio also served as Vice President for Imports of the New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association for many years, resigning to focus her energies on the national level. She continues to serve on the Board of Governors. She is a Past President of the Philadelphia Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc. She concluded two terms of service on the Customs Operations Advisory Council (COAC) and continues to serve on important NCBFAA Customs Committee Subcommittees and Working Groups.

She has served on the TSN Entry, Legal Policy and International Trade Data Systems committees. She concluded two terms on the Board of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey and has served on the Board of Directors and Industry Leadership Council for the American Association of Exporters and Importers. She lectures frequently here and abroad on U.S. import requirements.

Internationally, Muoio serves as a Director to the International Federation of Customs Brokers and has represented U.S. customs broker interests before the World Customs Organization.

Before joining Barthco/Geodis she taught at the college level in Japan. She continues to pursue studies in the Japanese language. Muoio is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University with a degree in International Relations.


Christopher Gillis
Communications Director