Feliz Halloween de América del Sur!

Happy Halloween from South America!

This past week, I was pleased to attend the Asociacion De Agentes Prof De Aduana De Las Americas (ASAPRA) Conference in beautiful Uruguay.  I cannot begin to articulate the honor of representing the NCBFAA, NEI, and the United States!

So what is ASAPRA?  According to their website (translated):

“ASAPRA is an international private corporation, nonprofit organization, which was founded in Vina del Mar, Chile, in 1969, in order to integrate into a single entity to the chambers, federations, associations and unions Agents, Brokers and / or Customs Brokers in Latin America, Spain and Portugal. The Customs Agents, thus represented by ASAPRA, now reaching more than 25,000 professionals located in different countries of Latin America.”

Alfonso Rojas, ASAPRA President at opening session of ASAPRA Conference in Uraguay.

Alfonso Rojas, ASAPRA President at opening session of ASAPRA Conference in Uraguay.

In a nutshell, ASAPRA exists to “study the problems related to the exercise of the activity of customs agents and foster solutions” in South America.  In many countries that depend greatly on foreign trade, the value of customs brokerage and exporting continues to be in high demand.

With much of the U.S. efforts focused on Asia with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), we must never forget our trade partners down South.  Often, we are so focused on the issues as customs brokers here in the States that we forget trade professionals in other countries face their own problems.  In fact, it’s helpful to hear the stories of our foreign counterparts and learn from their experiences.  Many of these relationships with our South American allies are prosperous thanks to the trade agreements forged, and the diligence of the global logistics professionals working with one another internationally.  I am confident that continuing dialogue and trade between our continents will result in a better global economy and a safer world for you and your children to spend a wonderful Halloween in!

Happy Trick-or-Treating and don’t forget to always be proud of your profession!

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