A brand-new Importer Resource Gallery has been added to the 2022 AFI Annual Convention taking place April 28-30 at the W Hotel in Ft Lauderdale, Fla.

The gallery will feature companies offering products and services of most value to U.S. food importers. Given today’s supply chain issues, logistics, transportation, shipping, brokers and forwarders are of particular interest to potential attendees.

Part of the afternoon kick-off reception Thursday, April 28 for the 2022 AFI Annual Convention, this gallery will provide a set of six-foot tables and offer the U.S. food importers attending an up-close view of solutions, providers and services available to their businesses. Convention attendees will attend this registration/reception on Thursday afternoon as they gather for their first in-person convention since 2019.

Here's Who They Are


Laufer Group International
With deep market experience and close ties to the US import food industry, Laufer Group International has been a recognized international freight forwarder, global logistics innovator, and industry pioneer for over 70 years.

As a licensed OTI, IATA agent, CCSF, IAC, and Customs Broker, we specialize in providing client-specific programs for mid-market shippers that improve supply chain visibility, flexibility, and control.

Through our complete logistics service platform of Ocean, Air, Customs Brokerage, and Logistics services, Laufer offers an elusive combination of incredible customer intimacy paired with a powerful technology toolkit – designed to help our customers compete, win, and build better businesses.


Certified Group
There has never been a better time to visit Certified Laboratories and the Certified Group family of companies. With the recent addition of Food Safety Net Services, the Certified family has an even wider breadth of menu, and now 28 ISO1725 Accredited Laboratories in North America  including Mexico and Canada to provide you with the local expertise needed to enable your organizations growth.  We offer both routine microbiological and chemistry services along with the specialized testing the spice and ingredient industry requires including, Forensic Analysis, FDA Detention and Sampling, HPP Validation, Shelf-Life Testing, & Process Authority review, as well as Consulting.  Contact us today and experience more from your third party laboratory provider.

McLane Global
McLane Global is a full-service partner in import, export, manufacturing, supply chain management and 3PL services across a wide range of channels. Our nationwide network of distribution/kitting centers provide clean and affordable warehousing to store and redistribute food products for import, export and across the country. Our suite of customizable solutions are here to help you grow your business.


Coughlin Insurance Services
As insurance brokers for the Food and Beverage industry,  our resources and experience define us.   We are proud to be a member of the Association of Food Industries (AFI) for the past 30 years.  Our interaction with our clients and participation in the AFI as well as other food associations gives us the advisory ability to guide our clients to the best insurance coverage and claims resolutions.  Some of the coverages that we help our clients with include: Product Recall, Ocean Cargo/Stock Throughput, Liability, Property, Cyber Crime, Foreign Liability, Directors & Officers, Employment Practices Liability, and more. 


M & J Customs
U.S. Nationwide Customs Broker specialized in the Food Industry. We proudly serve the Food Importers community in diverse sectors: Manufacturers, Wholesalers, Distributors, Retailers. Customer satisfaction confirms our top level of excellence: Customs Entry, FDA, USDA, all PGAs ,HTS Classification, Trade Agreements, Ruling, CBP penalties, Duty Outlay, ACH, PMS and consulting.  What are we doing today for our customers? We deliver 100 % success in CBP and FDA compliance, optimize entry processing time quick and easy, no delays, no errors, no surprises, 24/7 communication, all risk is always anticipated, reduce Customs Holds and reduce associated landed costs. All at the best competitive Customs Brokerage fee. Contact us:  solutions@mjcustoms.com


Visco
VISCO is an ERP software specializing in landed cost calculation, container tracking and inventory management for food importing and distribution businesses.


Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc.
The Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc. (FCBF), is the Florida trade association for industry professionals that serve the import and export community. We convene industry leaders and agency officials to collaborate and gain from each other’s experience. We advance our industry through public-policy advocacy and education. And through actionable training and thought leadership, we propel our industry forward to foster both economic growth and increased credibility. Our aim is bold but clear: To reimagine and transform Florida’s trade and logistics industry ecosystem — and equip aspiring professionals to succeed in it.

FCBF was founded in 1960 by a handful of brokers & forwarders in the Miami area. FCBF has since grown into the most influential and active representative body of the Florida freight forwarding and customs brokerage community. Through our numerous committees of volunteer professionals, the FCBF represents our industry on matters that directly affect the trade arena.

At FCBF, we are committed to fostering communications between the trade community and federal agencies in order to expand Florida’s trading communities at the local, state, and national level. FCBF seeks to maximize the ability of the state of Florida to effectively compete for international trade resources and to minimize the barriers for its members. By hosting open dialogue with various state and federal agencies, we help shape and develop international trade policies.


A Customs Brokerage

Association of Food Industries: Serving the U.S. Food Import Trade Since 1906
3301 Route 66, Ste. 205, Bldg. C • Neptune, NJ 07753
(732) 922-3008 • Fax: (732) 922-3590 • afius.org • info@afius.org