Our Story

The Independent Freight Forwarders & Custom Brokers Association of Savannah, Inc. was established in 1966. Our organization cultivates closer relationships between freight forwarders, custom brokers and the trade community at large. We act in our mutual interest by maintaining the professional standards of our industry. At the same time, the association brings an exchange of ideas, promotes interests

 of the trade, and provides solutions to the challenges of International Commerce. Our organization affiliates with similar local organizations throughout the country. Together, we compose the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, or NCBFAA.

INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT FORWARDERS are licensed by the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission to engage in foreign commerce principally through the documentation of exported goods. Forwarders coordinate the logistics of transporting goods from your plant to the final consignee or destination. These services include key processes such as arranging the shipment, obtaining all necessary documents required for the country of destination, preparing the documents and coordinating ultimate delivery. Forwarders also advise on U.S. export regulations, foreign import requirements, and assist with other shipping-related services such as packing, labeling, consolidation and 

CUSTOMS BROKERS are licensed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to clear goods through U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionA broker is a person or firm acting as an agent of an importer, for purposes of arranging customs clearance, payment (or refund) of duties, and/or in-bond transit or export of imported goods. Custom brokers undertake a variety of operational procedures with other government agencies involved in regulating or taxing imported merchandise including arranging examinations, Importer Security Filings (ISF), packing, crating, containerization, warehousing and insurance.


The Association actively maintains various committees to serve the needs of our members and the trade:

CUSTOMS / PGA / OGA: Direct interaction with CBP at the management level to aid in the fair, reasonable and equitable administration of U.S. Customs laws and regulations. Also, liaison with Participating Government Agencies and Other Government Agencies (FDA, USDA, etc.).

VENDOR SERVICES / SS LINES / TERMINAL & WAREHOUSES / TRUCK & RAIL: Direct contact with the port authorities to enhance and facilitate movement of cargo. Interaction with steamship lines, trucking and rail firms to discuss transportation


EDUCATION: Establish programs to continually update and educate our members. Work in conjunction with the NCBFAA National Educational Institute (NEI), our industry continuing education entity that administers the Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) and Certified Export Specialist (CES) programs.

: Establish contacts with local and national legislators. Coordinates annual meetings during the NCBFAA Government Affairs Conference, held each Autumn in Washington, DC.

FMC / OUTBOUND: Address freight forwarders concerns with the Federal Maritime Commission. Discuss changes with all other government agencies: EPA, USDA, etc.

MEMBERSHIP: Recruits new members to join our association through industry outreach.