The Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc. (CBFCA) is Australia’s leading peak national association, which represents customs brokers, international freight forwarders and others involved in international trade logistics and supply chain management.
We are representing and supporting Individual and Business Members in a difficult regulatory environment in dealing with:
Department of Home Affairs
We represent members interest on the National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF), which replaced the Customs and Border Protection National Consultative Committee (CBPNCC).
The NCTF will fulfill the obligations required by the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade Facilitation by providing the forum for Australian government and industry to monitor implementation strategies.
The NCTF provides a forum for government and industry stakeholders to discuss strategic issues relating to trade facilitation affecting Australian Industry stakeholders in the international trade environment. The NCTF will discuss opportunities for reform and improvements to Australia’s domestic trade facilitation environment and engagement with the international trade environment.
For the purposes of the NCTF, trade facilitation refers to measures designed to expedite the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods in transit. The NCTF will explore opportunities to improve trade facilitation including the delivery of efficiencies and deregulation at the border and any associated recommendations for policy, regulation or legislative change.
NCTF industry members will serve as the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Deregulation for trade facilitation issues in accordance with the Regulator Performance Framework.
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
We represent members interest on the Department of Agriculture Cargo Consultative Committee (DCCC) a committee for the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and international trade and international logistics service providers industries to consider practical and strategic biosecurity related international trade/logistics issues. The aim of the DCCC is to provide the department and industry with a consultative committee to ensure that effective biosecurity outcomes are delivered without unnecessary impediments to trade by facilitating efficient and effective biosecurity regulation across the biosecurity continuum.
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
We represent members on the Office of Transport Security (OTS) Working Group. OTS works with the states and territories, other government agencies, international governments and bodies, and the aviation and maritime industry to improve security and prevent transport security incidents, through:
• transport security intelligence
• transport operations
• transport security policy, planning and regulation
• audit, compliance and security measures
• ensuring a nationally consistent approach
• complying with international standards, and
• aviation security training
Australian Taxation Office
We have been working collaboratively with key industry stakeholders in an aim to seek changes to the GST law to take account of unintended consequences arising from amendments to the GST cross border transport provisions made by Tax Laws Amendment (2010 GST Administration Measures No. 3) Act 2010.
Department of Health
We are working in collaboration with the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) who is the statutory scheme administered by the Australian Government Department of Health for the importation of chemicals.
Department of the Environment
We are working in collaboration with the department to increase the awareness of the import requirements for the importation of synthetic greenhouse gases. We also support members through representation with many other Federal and State Regulatory Authorities.
Other national Industry Associations and service providers in the trade logistics supply chain
We represent members at regional and national committees and industry forums to address supply chain issues. The aim is to raise the whole of supply chain awareness and improved supply chain efficiency.
International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA)
CBFCA is a FIATA member and represents members interest internationally. FIATA, a non-governmental organisation, represents today an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, also known as the "Architects of Transport", employing around 8 - 10 million people in 150 countries. It represents service providers in international trade logistics and supply chain management in over 104 countries.
The CBFCA is currently the Chair of the FIATA’s Customs Affairs Institute (CAI). One of the key four technical bodies of FIATA providing direction and policy guidance for FIATA members on the interface with governmental and non-governmental international bodies. The CBFCA is also a member of the FIATA Extended Board.
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
The CBFCA through FIATA has participated in policy discussions between IATA the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and FIATA on aviation Advance Cargo Information and has been guest speaker at a variety of ICAO/WCO conferences and forums on aviation security, cargo reporting and border security arrangements.
As to Australian aviation cargo arrangements the CBFCA is one of three industry representatives on the IATA South West Pacific Cargo Executive Committee which meets with IATA airline representatives to address aviation cargo matters including IATA e freight and e air waybill initiatives , cargo agency program initiatives and are other interlinked aviation cargo matters.
In addition through FIATA there is the FIATA/IATA Customs Working Group which is supported by the FIATA CAI.
The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)
TIACA is based in the United States and represents airlines, international air freight forwarders, terminal operators and others intimately involved in the movement of air cargo.
TIACA is a global not-for-profit trade association representing all the major segments of the air cargo and air logistics industry – combination and all-cargo airlines, forwarders, airports, ground handlers, road carriers, customs brokers, logistics companies, shippers, IT companies, aircraft and equipment manufacturers, trade press, and educational institutions.
The CBFCA is a member of TIACA and actively participates in its own right and through FIATA (in a FIATA/IATA/TIACA/ and the Global Shippers' Forum (GSF) in an advisory group to ensure the air cargo industry had a strong, unified voice in its dealings with worldwide regulatory authorities and other bodies whose decisions directly impact on air cargo.
World Customs Organisation (WCO)
The World Customs Organization (WCO), established in 1952 as the Customs Co-operation Council (CCC) is an independent intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations.
Today, the WCO represents 179 Customs administrations across the globe that collectively process approximately 98% of world trade. As the global centre of Customs expertise, the WCO is the only international organization with competence in Customs matters and can rightly call itself the voice of the international Customs community.
The CBFCA has a long-standing relationship with the WCO in by way of its Observer status through FIATA is able to actively receive information from end participate in WCO activities. The CBFCA as FIATA CAI Chair is the principal fee after delegate to the WCO Private Sector Consultative Group (a group set up to act as the industry voice and sounding board for the WCO on policy and process matters relating to customs).
This access provides the CBFCA insight as to customs modernisation arrangements in WCO member economies particularly Canada, United States of America, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the European Union.
This access to information and senior regulators provides for the CBFCA and its members significant opportunity and access.