Merger of forwarder bodies scrapped Downunder

Discussions around a merger of Australia’s forwarding and customs broking industry bodies has broken off after the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia (CBFCA) rejected a ‘Single Industry Body’ (SIB) proposal which would have amalgamated it with the Australian Federation of International Forwarders (AFIF). The CBFCA cited “costs and few benefits” for its decision. […]


AFIF Australian Federation of International Forwarders CBFCA Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia


Discussions around a merger of Australia’s forwarding and customs broking industry bodies has broken off after the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia (CBFCA) rejected a ‘Single Industry Body’ (SIB) proposal which would have amalgamated it with the Australian Federation of International Forwarders (AFIF). The CBFCA cited “costs and few benefits” for its decision. The AFIF Board, meanwhile, expressed disappointment with the CBFCA Board’s decision not to support the formation of the unified association. In a statement to members issued on 21 November, AFIF chairman Paul Golland said: “We believe that bringing together the strengths of both associations to form a powerful SIB is in the best interests of all stakeholders in our industry”.