Month March 2017

Month March 2017

Retirement of Mary Aikens

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Hello, Dear Members –
Several of the Board members attended Mary Aikens’ retirement luncheon at CBP’s office earlier this week on Tuesday, March 21st. Those of you who attended our Holiday Party 2016 recall that we honored Mary with the Gene Nikliborc Outstanding Service Award.

At the luncheon, it was our great pleasure to honor Mary with an engraved world clock to commemorate the award. Mary started her career in 1975 at headquarters and then moved to Chicago in 1977, where she served as an inspector in both Cargo and Passenger Processing. In January of 1989, she left the uniformed job and transferred to the Port of Chicago District office, where she served the next 13 years as Deputy Entry Officer. In 2002, Mary became Chief Entry Officer and served in this role until her retirement very soon.

We are honored to have experience Mary’s service, knowledge and friendship over the years and wish her the best in a relaxing retirement!

Happy Spring to All!
Jane Sorensen

CCBFA announces 2017 Scholarship

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The Chicago Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association is pleased to announce our Annual Scholarship Program to benefit the employees and immediate families of our regular members or associate members in the Greater Chicago area.

The Chicago Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association would like to recognize excellence in education and encourage continuing studies. Our Scholarship Program is designed to assist deserving students in meeting their educational goals.

Which companies qualify?

  • A qualifying Regular or Associate Member company must be in good member standing for the previous 12 months and be physically located in the Chicagoland
  • A qualifying candidate must be employed at a Member company or an immediate family member of an employee of the qualifying


Which applicants qualify?

To qualify for the scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • The candidate must be enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year college, university or an accredited junior college program. Qualified high school seniors of the class of 2017, who are enrolled for the fall 2017 term. will also be Regrettably, we cannot accept applicants who are working on a postgraduate degree.
  • A minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) is required for college students and high school
  • Applicants must be an employee of a member firm, their spouse, their children, or their legal Grandchildren, brothers, sisters and similar relations are not included.


How to apply:

Download and complete the scholarship application including your most recent transcript (or report card for graduating high school seniors) and a personal narrative as detailed on the application.

We welcome your application! Please email the completed application and all other required forms to

The committee will evaluate all applications received on or before April 21,2017.

The scholarship awardees will be announced on May 1,2017. Scholarship payments will be made to the educational institution identified on the application. Note that any funds that are not used in the first semester of the 2017 school year must be returned to the Association.