When Rod Ulloa, a native Costa Rican, and Joe Torres, from Honduras, met in New Orleans in the late 1960s, they never dreamed that one day they would become life-long business partners. Both Ulloa and Torres found their way to Houston and acquired jobs in the shipping industry. Ulloa was a licensed customs broker for a large global transport and logistics company. Torres worked for another major shipping company as an international freight forwarder. Yet, each had a burning desire to achieve more. Over the last 25 years, the business they formed, Cargo Import Brokers Inc., CIB, has handled just about every conceivable cargo, including space shuttle parts for a NASA joint venture, giant offshore oil rigs, and even highly perishable Chilean sea bass. Recently, they aided the US government by clearing the seized assets of Stanford Financial Group from the Caribbean island of Antigua. Nowadays, most of CIB’s business is from long-term customers and referrals. “Even in the current recession, business is still quite good,” Torres said. CIB has launched a new Web site, www.customs-broker-houston.com, which offers customers and potential customers information on the latest U.S. Customs requirements. Photo: Pictured from left to right are Joe Torres, CIB vice president, and Rod Ulloa, CIB president.

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