ABOUT OUR PRESIDENT - SUSANNE FONTANA
In 1979, she resigned from U.S. Customs to establish corporations specializing in customs brokerage, freight forwarding, consulting, drawback, and warehouse management services and support. Her corporations held a management contract to operate the 110,000 square foot public warehouse in the Miami Free Zone. She also operated the Miami Free Zone container station for Maersk, American President Lines, and Sealand; and established a bonded trucking company to dray the containers from the rail head to the Miami Free Zone container station. In 1985, she founded and operated with a partner MIA/CFS located on the Miami International Airport. MIA/CFS was to be patterned after the Forwarders' Bond in England, but it evolved into a facility for handling air consolidations and ground handling for airlines not having enough volume to establish their own terminals. MIA/CFS later expanded to include the import clearance facility for international couriers.
Susanne is a past president and chairman of the customs committee of the Florida Customs Brokers And Forwarders Association. During her terms, her efforts resulted in monthly meetings with U.S. Customs, an examination site on the Port Of Miami, lock boxes for brokers/importers, lobbying in Congress for a Food And Drug compliance officer in Miami, the first seminars regarding ABI and ABI software vendors, moving U.S. Customs from downtown to the airport, and many other important issues faced by her and her team. As a past vice president of the Florida Importers and Exporters Association, she was most instrumental in having the first Miami Chinese delegation visit and display their products during a seminar to assist trade between our countries. She was a director of the Committee For Production Sharing (National Committee For 806.30 and 807.00, Inc.) a member of the Florida Council Of International Development, and a director of FLORICA. She is also a member of the Coconut Grove Rotary Club, South Miami Elks Club, Woman's Club of Miami, Fairchild Gardens, Coconut Grove Sailing Club, Florida Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association, Florida Foreign Trade Association, and International Precious Metals Institute.
In January 2003, she was honored and her name placed on a monument as a Pioneer in International Trade ("...a leader, trail blazer, and innovator...").
She is a consultant to numerous companies and has served as a consultant to the Dade Aviation Department. She is an expert witness and has been a frequent public speaker for international trade groups and associations.
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