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Page 20 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • OCT-NOV 2015 AirCargo Asia-Pacific: technology has seen many associations struggle to retain their members. How is CBfCA doing? Steve Morris: We have just complet- ed our membership renewal process and are very happy with the numbers. The small number that decided not to renew decided discretionary spending did not include association membership and that is perhaps a short-sighted approach with the high- er levels of regulatory intervention where associations deliver on that compliance need.. However, the majority of members including the larger multinationals see the benefit industry associations bring to their compliance position and they value membership. Also, our professional development pro- gram has generated new members from individual brokers. We are in budget for memberships and very pleased with membership support and numbers. How many attendees were at the na- tional conference? The national con- ference was held at the Sheraton in the Park Sydney. We had extremely good support from industry in terms of sponsorship and strong membership turnout, with 250 attending all events. Our last three national conferenc- es - the Gold Coast, yarra Valley in Melbourne and now Sydney – all have been very well supported. What is particularly pleasing is the support from companies in the industry. . They are service providers who believe in supporting the association and its role in improving conditions and understanding of the role of forwarding and Customs brokering. Feedback from the conference was positive from speaker presentations, format and location. What were the key developments at the national conference? Major issues to come out of the event included the interface with the Australian Border Force, ,trade facilita- tion and biosecurity. Australian needs to facilitate trade across borders. Look at where we sit today in the OECD and the World Bank Logistics Performance Index. In many ways we have slipped down the rankings and others have passed us on trade performance. We need to strive for better trade facilitation, both imports and exports, interview Steve Morris: CBFCA members and others in industry and government face many new challenges - Morris THE CUSTOMS Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia (CBFCA) has met many challenges over the years, but arguably no more than it faces today, with members challenged by the economy, new government rules and regulations and changes to trading environments. Despite it all, membership is solid and the recent annual conference was well attended and provided solid content. Here, in a wide-ranging Q&A session, chief executive Steve Morris lays out his concerns for today and his aspirations for the future.