NCBFAA President Coppersmith Becomes Latest Member of COAC
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|For Immediate Release|
Washington, DC: The National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc., (NCBFAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of NCBFAA President Jeffrey Coppersmith to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Treasury’s 20-member advisory Committee on the Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection and Related Functions (COAC). In response to his appointment, Mr. Coppersmith said, “This group is focused on all the hot button issues affecting our logistics industry and I look forward to providing useful input from a broker's perspective to its deliberations.”
Jeff Coppersmith is President of Coppersmith Global Logistics in El Segundo, California. Mr. Coppersmith has been active in the NCBFAA as an area director, Freight Forwarding Chairman, Annual Conference Chairman, Treasurer and Vice President. He has also served on the Board of the Los Angeles Brokers Association, Chaired the Los Angeles World Trade Week, and also served as Chairman of the Pacific Coast Council. Coppersmith Global Logistics recently celebrated 60 years in business.
His grandmother, Adrienne, started Coppersmith Global Logistics and President Coppersmith along with his brother is the third generation in the family business. Coppersmith has acquired several companies in the last few years and now offers complete Global Logistics. Coppersmith has 11 offices throughout the United States and prides itself on the ability to give personal service with big time technology. President Coppersmith, who received his brokers License in 1985 and has been President of Coppersmith since 2002, is married to Roberta and they have two grown sons.
Other COAC members affiliated with NCBFAA firms are NCBFAA Director-elect Leman Chip Bown, Jr., FedEx Trade Networks; Colleen Clarke, Roanoke Trade Services, Inc.; NCBFAA Director Mary Ann Comstock, UPS Supply Chain Solutions; Robert DeCamp, A.N. Deringer, Inc.; and George Weise, Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services.
Originally established in the 1980s to provide private sector advice on customs operational activities and policy developments, COAC was coordinated by the Department of the Treasury, Office of Tax Policy until 2002. With the events of September 11 and the transition of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to DHS, management of COAC was transferred to DHS in 2002, although both Departments are actively engaged.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, the NCBFAA represents nearly 800 member companies with 100,000 employees in international trade - the nation's leading freight forwarders, customs brokers, ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs), NVOCCs and air cargo agents, serving more than 250,000 importers and exporters. Established in 1897 in New York, NCBFAA is the effective national voice of the industry. Through its various committees, counsel and representatives, the Association maintains a close watch over legislative and regulatory issues that affect its members. It keeps them informed of these and other related issues through its weekly Monday Morning eBriefing, and various meetings and conferences throughout the year.
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