A SPECIAL general meeting of the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia on March 16 is set to vote on whether to form a single body with the Australian Federation of International Forwarders.

The meeting is to be held at the Novotel Brighton in Brighton-le-Sands, Sydney.

The single entity took a significant step towards becoming a reality following an AFIF board meeting on February 19.

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At this meeting, resolutions were passed changing the current business name to the International Forwarders and Customs Brokers of Australia and to give effect to an interim board, to be in place from 1 July 2020 until the annual general meeting of July 2022.

In a statement to members, AFIF stated that “over recent years the boards of both AFIF and CBFCA have agreed that the industry requires a single peak body to represent all the members’ issues and concerns”.

“This single peak body will cover the members’ businesses and operations which include dealing with government regulators as well as the international logistics supply chain,” the statement read.

“The combined entity will be in a position to pass on greater economies of scale, far-reaching experience and a greater united front for our industry.”

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