About

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"Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice,
and is never the result of selfishness."
– Napoleon Hill 

Patricia Compres & Maria Bermudez have over 45 years of combined experience in the perishables industry. Pat has been in the fresh produce industry for almost 30 years, and has been a licensed customs broker since 1986. Patricia started out importing coconuts, papayas and pineapple from the Dominican Republic. Later, she cleared cargo in-house for a produce importer for several years. In 1989, Pat opened Customized Brokers, Inc., (CB) drawing on her experience as an importer to anticipate her clients' needs. With Pats signature bold strategy to get her clients' cargo cleared as fast as possible, CB quickly grew and garnered attention. 

Maria joined Pat in 1992, bringing with her a fresh eye and her mathematical precision. After they joined forces, CB became the largest perishables broker in Florida, and one of the top 3 in the nation. At CB, Pat & Maria cleared all kinds of perishable cargo from all over the world, including melons from Guatemala, pineapples from Central America, avocado, asparagus and citrus from Peru, citrus from South Africa and Spain, and Dutch and Colombian flowers. 

Not only did Pat & Maria focus on getting cargo to their customers as quickly and efficiently as possible, they influenced the industry with their innovative ideas. They introduced a price-per-box strategy for asparagus importers, and were the first to adopt remote clearance.

As a result of their close involvement in the industry, Pat & Maria, together with Sandler & Travis, lobbied Congress on behalf of importers when Congress sought to institute FDA Pior Notice. They successfully persuaded the FDA to make changes to reduce the burden of the prior notice rules on importers.

After selling CB in 2008 and taking a few years off, Pat & Maria took on their first personal consulting project in 2012, consulting for a port with respect to changes to improve their inspection and customer services department. Pat & Maria also consulted with several importers, helping them streamline procedures for importing, filing for their C-TPAT and ISA. 

Now, inspired by their clients' many requests, Pat & Maria are back in the business, bringing clients their renowned services in customs clearance and consulting.