A MERGED Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia and Australian Federation of International Forwarders is to take effect on July 1.

This follows a special general meeting of the CBFCA on 17 March, where members unanimously voted in favour of creating a joint entity.

The meeting was held via Webinar with COVID-19 preventing a face-to-face gathering.

The AFIF board previously endorsed the merger concept back in February.

From 1 July, a new entity will exist called the International Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of Australia (IFCBAA) Ltd, with an interim board comprising five directors each from the CBFCA and AFIF.


The new board is to remain in place until 30 June, 2022.

In a statement, CBFCA CEO Paul Damkjaer said the understanding reached between the CBFCA and AFIF involves amalgamating into a single peak body covering members businesses and operations, including dealing with government regulators as well as the international logistics supply chain.

“The CBFCA considers that a single peak body will be better placed to pass on greater economies of scale to members, with far reaching experience and a greater united front for our industry,” Mr Damkjaer said.