Benefits of Membership in HCBFFA
Your membership in the Houston Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association, or HCBFFA, provides for many practical professional benefits.
Information Services – allow members to remain current on topical industry issues through newsletters, Federal Register Monitoring Service and Public Information Notices.
Educational Seminars – present members with exposure to Hazmat Training, Broker Refresher, Broker License Preparation and others, to position members to do the best job possible.
Legislation Representation – allows your voice to be heard. Opportunities are presented for attendance at the National Association’s Government Affairs Conference and separate meetings with national, state and local government officials.
Luncheon Meetings – held on the 3rd Wednesday of every other month (or as announced otherwise) facilitate discussion of day-to-day issues impacting your business.
The biggest benefit of membership is derived from active participation on the various committees serving our members.
- Customs Committee
Direct interaction with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the management level to aid in the fair, reasonable and equitable administration of Customs’ laws and regulations. HCBFFA & CBP have a quarterly meeting to discuss all issues that the brokerage community is experiencing. The committee also facilitates time sensitive resolutions to issues as they arise. This is a closed committee and the members are made of current and past board directors.
- Education Committee
Establish programs to educate members in technical aspects of the industry as well as general business areas making them more efficient. Education committee determines the speakers and topics for the monthly luncheons and trainings seminars as well as set up tours to further training with hands on experience. HCBFFA offers periodic port tours.
- Freight Forwarding Committee
Address concerns of freight forwarders with the Federal Maritime Commission and other government agencies to aid in the fair, reasonable and equitable administration of maritime laws and regulations.
- Legislative Committee
Opens the lines of communication with national, state and local elected officials and groups representing our industry. Obtains political assistance when necessary in furthering the purposes of the Association. This committee works with National Customs Brokers & Forwarding Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA) on issues that will affect our industry when necessary.
- Membership Committee
To promote and solicit new memberships for the Association. To determine the benefits for membership.
- Public Relations and outreach Committee
To promote and report the Association’s activities to the media where appropriate. This committee also reaches out and participates in various conferences or trainings given by other industry groups.
- Nominating Committee
This committee is responsible for nominating new board directors as well as Officers when current terms are expiring.
- Golf Committee
The golf committee determines the date, place, prizes and menu for the Annual golf tournament. This committee is responsible for setting everything up for the Golf tournament and sending out info regarding this tournament. This is our fundraiser for our scholarship program.
- FDA/PGA Committee
Direct interaction with all Participating Government Agencies (PGA’s) at the management level to aid in the fair, reasonable and equitable administration of PGA laws and regulations.
- Scholarship Committee
We solicit applications and award scholarships to deserving candidates to further their education in the transportation and logistics industry. Scholarships are awarded to attend the NCBFAA GAC and Texas Brokers conferences. We also provide and assist with funding to local college and universities with transportation and logistics programs.