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Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association

We are the Florida trade association for industry professionals that serve the import and export community. 

A Unified Voice for Trade

We convene industry leaders and agency officials to collaborate and gain from each other’s experience. We advance our industry through public-policy advocacy and education. Through actionable training and through leadership, we propel our industry forward to foster both economic growth and increased credibility. Our aim is bold but simple: 

To reimagine and transform Florida’s industry ecosystem–and equip aspiring professionals to succeed in it.

History

FCBF was founded in 1960 by a handful of brokers & forwarders. 

Since then, we have grown into the most influential and active representative body of the Florida freight forwarding and Customs brokerage community. Through our numerous committees of volunteer professionals, we represent our industry on matters that directly affect the trade arena. 

Bridging the Gap

We are committed to fostering communications between the trade community and federal agencies.

This is necessary to expand Florida’s trading communities at the local, state, and national level. FCBF seeks to maximize the ability of Florida to effectively compete for international trade resources and to minimize the barriers for its members. Through constant communication with various state and federal agencies we help by participating in the development of international trade policies. 

FCBF members represent the various facets of the international trade industry, each being an authority in their specialized field. Our core members consist of licensed Customs Brokers, licensed NVOCC/OTIs, Foreign Freight Forwarders, TSA-Certified Indirect Air Carriers and/or IATA cargo agents.

Members also include:

  • Registered indirect carriers, steamship companies, airlines, trucking firms, railroad firms, stevedores, terminal operators, port associations, and port authorities
  • Law firms, CPAs, insurance agencies, realtors, and other service professionals
  • Financial institutions
  • Governmental agencies on the local, state, and federal levels;
  • Trade-related affiliate organizations
  • Chambers of commerce
  • And many more!

2020-2021 Board of Directors

Gabriel Rodriguez

President
CEO, A Customs Brokerage

Kimberly Wakeman

Treasurer
Regional VP, Southern Division, Avalon Risk Management

Elena Asturias

CEO, 305 Cargo
Co-Chair, Education Committee

Camilo Quintero

VP, Pricing | Product Development, EFL USA
Co-Chair, Membership Committee

Lourdes Leon

Chairwoman
CEO, Atlantic Overseas Express

Jesus D. Rodriguez

Secretary
Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Magaya

Robert Barcelo

Sr. Manager, Business Development, Port Everglades

Brandon Shannon

CHB, Emmanuel Customs Brokers

Michelle Fajardo

1st Vice President
President, Cargo International Consolidators

Chair, Freight Forwarding Committee

Stephen Armellini

Owner, Armellini Express Lines
Chair, Overland Committee

William Brauner

Branch Manager, Brauner International Corp.
Chair, Government Affairs Committee

Chelsie Taveras

International Supply Chain Manager, Cargill

Ralph de la Rosa

2nd Vice President
President, Imperial Freight Brokers
Chair, Customs Committee

George Arocha

GM/Director Cargo Terminal Operations, Port Canaveral
Chair, Regional Committee

Frank Camp

Director and General Manager, Cargo Sales, JAXPORT

Armando Varona

Director, Sales and Marketing, Seaboard Marine
Co-Chair, Membership Committee

STAFF

Megan Conyers

Megan Conyers

Executive Vice President