This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending and exhibiting at the 2014 Western Cargo Conference (WESCCON) in beautiful Coronado, California.   The conference is hosted by the Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Associations, Inc. (PCC) which includes numerous associations and organizations in global logistics.  The conference featured outstanding speakers and topics, many ongoing while others are new.   Some topics that were highlighted were:

  • Single Window
  • CBP Export Enforcement
  • FDA & PGA’s within ACE
  • eBonds for Imports
  • and more!

The NEI was not only there to educate the attendees about its extensive programs but was also there to gather information to deliver back to our greater audience.  We were proud to publish our “From the Field” event recaps of the conference, summarizing on notable discussions and sharing highlights from the conference.   By doing so, we were able to bring the conference to you:

Day 1
Day 2

This type of event allows people to be up to date on the ever changing rules under which we work and this being the principal mission of the NCBFAA Educational Institute we would like to congratulate the PCC for bringing together such well informed people not only form the private sector but the public sector as well  to present such an impressive amount material related to the changes in international trade rules.




Oktoberfest Indeed!

It’s October and the year maybe winding down but the party here at the NEI sure isn’t.  When I say party, I don’t mean with beer and all (though it is Friday, so hey who knows?!).  What I mean is that we’ve been going full steam ahead with loads of activities and new developments!  So what’s happening?  Allow me to indulge you:

  • 90 Day Continuing Education Credit Checks were sent out last week. If you are CCS/CES certified, you know that you need to maintain 20 continuing education credits a year.  We gave you a heads up so that just in case you’ve fallen behind, you know now is the time to get caught up!  Make sure you check your transcript by doing the following:
    1. Go to ncbfaa.org
    2. Sign in at Individual Profile Login
    3. Click on Continuing Education Credits
      • If you are missing credits, email ei@ncbfaa.org ASAP! To expedite the process, please include the event name, date, credit value and proof of registration for any missing events.
  • The fourth quarter edition of the 2014 NEI program was released with a little surprise about what’s coming next year.  There is also a little nice photo montage recapping the NEI’s activities this past year and of course, updated webinars, online courses and in person events you can attend!
  • The NEI is kicking off its “Don’t Be a Hog” branding campaign to help make your company branding a little more special. The NEI brand is recognized by the industry as a respected institution dedicated to promoting excellence and professionalism in global logistics through education.  But we don’t want to keep that recognition to ourselves; instead, we want to help you use it to enhance your own branding. Learn more by clicking here!
  • Our June-December 2014 CCS Course will be wrapping up soon! Good luck to all the current students as they enter the final exam month!  Also, registration for the January to June 2015 course is now available (link to the registration page with the words
    now available) until December 15, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity!
  • …and lastly, our October Newsletter will be coming out soon, so keep an eye out for that!

As you can see, there’s a lot going on and we’re just getting started.  I recently just passed my three year mark of serving as Executive Director of this fine institution and I could not be prouder to see the ongoing evolution of the NEI!  Every day, more and more people are joining and getting certified by the NEI because they see the value in the educational services that we offer and how it is improving their careers.   So if you haven’t done so, join us and get involved the NEI – I promise you, it is worth it!

A Government of the People, for the People

Remember back in high school when we all had to take a government or civics class?  As teenagers, we probably saw the class as mundane or thought it useless.  But what we often overlooked was its purpose of showing us how laws are made and implemented in our country and the importance of our contribution to that process.  Now, many moons later, I was once again reminded of that importance as I walked down the hallowed halls of congress during the 2014 NCBFAA Government Affairs Conference (GAC) this past week.


The mission of the GAC is to allow representatives of the association to have face-to-face time with the legislators whose functions affect the industry.  I also must stress how important that in person connection is since it is crucial that congressmen and women who make the laws affect our business hear in person from us the issues that matters to us.


On the first day of the GAC, the NCBFAA prepped attendees on the critical issues of the year so that the following day, they would arrive to the offices of their respective representatives with a clear voice and agenda.  This year, we brought the following issues up to the hill:

  • The Export-Import Bank
  • The Trade Agenda
    • Customs Reauthorization
    • Water Resources Bill and Harbor Maintenance Fee
    • Generalized System Preferences (GSP) Renewal
    • Miscellaneous Tariff Bill
    • Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) Renewal
  • Modernizing the Logistics of Trade

This year’s GAC was also extra special, because the NCBFAA delegation was able to sit down with the Congressional Port Caucus, an ad hoc group in Congress that promotes the interests of local ports and those engaged in international trade who do business in them.


For me, it was a great experience to be able to voice my concerns as both the NEI Executive Director and as a global logistics practitioner.   It is so important that we understand how Congress works, just like in high school, but now more so because it affects the industry and our jobs.  We here at the NEI are always working hard to deliver to you valuable content to enrich your knowledge base and I am proud to say that many of the people who develop our content continue to be involved through events such as the GAC in contributing to our country’s complex yet prodigious legislative process.