CBFCA and AFIF unite
The Boards of the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia (CBFCA) and Australian Federation of International Forwarders (AFIF) have reached an agreement to form a single peak body and to change their current business names to the International Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of Australia (IFCBAA) Ltd, which will commence operations on 1st July 2020.
Having listened to members over recent years, the Boards of both AFIF and CBFCA have agreed that the industry requires a single peak body to represent the commonality of interest between international freight forwarding and customs clearance functions, in the provision of international trade logistics and supply chain management services.
This is also in recognition that when both bodies were formed, their business concerns were on a different path. Since then, many AFIF members have attained Corporate Customs Licences and employ Licenced Customs Brokers. Customs Brokerages have been offering freight forwarding services, hence the reason that the former CBCA added forwarders to become the CBFCA.
IFCBAA will continue to operate as a not for profit organisation for the benefit of members, offering a wider range of services and products, with greater economies of scale.
Adapted from IFCBAA press release July 2020.