Pacific Coast Council

Making a difference in Trade Facilitation

April 17, 2017

In 2013, a dinner on Capitol Hill. 8 lobbyists, 2 Senators, both Democrats. The topic on everyone’s lips in DC at the time – even though Democrats had been elected in great numbers, these Democratic Senators were frustrated. Even with the Majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and with President Obama in the White House, it was excruciatingly difficult if not impossible to advance the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), environmental legislation, labor union card check. The legislation always seemed to die in the Senate.

This is because since 1806, the earliest years of our country, the Senate Minority has had a deadly weapon - the filibuster. Any Senator can stand up and talk forever, and then turn the floor over to anot...

March 21, 2017

Dead on Arrival - As Usual

Intense scrutiny is being directed to President Trump's first budget submittal to Congress. Leaks and speculation are suggesting that it will upend the status quo, dramatically reducing Federal support for longstanding programs, while dramatically increasing funding for certain high priorities of the new Administration. However, a little perspective is a good antidote for all the hyperventilating. Because this President's budget proposal will meet the same fate as those of his predecessors - dead on arrival.

Under the Constitution, it is Congress, not the President which controls the purse strings of government. Only Congress can raise taxes, and only Congress can appropriate federal funds. The President’s bud...

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About the PCC

The Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Assns. Inc. (PCC) was established to further the interests of Pacific Coast freight forwarders and customs brokers, their customers, U.S. exporters and importers, and the entire international trade community. It is the primary goal of the PCC to foster the unimpeded flow of international trade along the U.S. Pacific Coast, and to assure the productive participation of forwarders and brokers.

The Five Pacific Coast Associations 

Customs Brokers & International Freight Forwarders Association of Washington State -

Columbia River Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association -

Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of Northern California -

Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association -

San Diego Customs Brokers Association -

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