April 29, 2011 Leave a comment
by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer
The head of a national customs brokerage firm said the company has made Long Beach its home for the past 15 years in part because of the city and port’s business friendliness and its proximity to U.S. Customs and Border Protection service, freight cashiers and terminal operators.
Troy Clarke, president of CBT International, Inc., operates an office of eight employees, including two other licensed brokers, in the International City Bank building at 249 E. Ocean Blvd. Although Clarke says there was an exodus of brokers from Long Beach 20 years ago (due to better office rates in the South Bay and closer to LAX, while freight cashiers were leaving the state because of union issues), he chose to stay because of the frequent interactions with the freight cashiers, customs office and local facilities to get merchandise released.
“It’s really important for me to be down here,” Clarke says. “I moved from Wilmington on Anaheim Street to Long Beach because it was a friendlier business environment. . . . It’s an international city and it recognizes itself as that. . . . It’s business friendly because of the attitude and the culture of the politicians in Long Beach.”