Every September, the NCBFAA meets in our nation’s Capitol. I arrived here on Friday, and the weekend was full of meetings about the industry. In my role as the Chairwoman of the Air Freight Subcommittee and as the elected representative of the Atlanta International Forwarders & Brokers Association to the NCBFAA Board of Directors, I have a seat on the board that is the industry voice of Customs brokers and freight forwarders.
When these meetings concluded on Sunday afternoon, we rolled straight into the Government Affairs Conference, an event focused on educating members on the current goings-on with the regulatory agencies who govern Association members. Today, the attendees who come from all over the USA then go to the Hill and go into the offices of their Members of Congress and meet with those Members and the legislative members of their staff who are the subject matter experts on our industry. We ask them for a variety of things; sometimes it is to be a co-sponsor to a piece of legislation, sometimes it is to put pressure to bear on an agency, other times it is background information with the understanding that in the future, we’ll need support on that issue.
There are several other members of the Atlanta association in attendance and we look forward to talking to people from the Georgia Congressional delegation on the national issues that companies face, as well as local issues that are important to us. Look out, Hill, here we come!