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NCA Membership Dues Basis

 

Pursuant to Article VIII of the NCA Bylaws, the Board of Directors is charged with setting the dues for membership. The following basis and conversion rates, in conjunction with the dues schedule, shall be used in determining the appropriate dues level. 

 

Regular Members

All business entities domiciled in the United States or Canada, or selling coffee products in or for sale in the United States that do not require further processing prior to consumer use, and substantially engaged in the coffee business, shall be eligible as regular members of the Association, provided the entity falls into one of the following categories:


(a) Grower

“Grower” shall include business entities that grow coffee, provided that the business entity does not export, import, roast or sell coffee in any form at the retail level.

US Grower Online Application ››  |  Download and print the US Grower Application

 


(b) Trade(r)

“Trade(r)” shall be any business entity that sells or purchases, or causes to be sold or purchased, or is party to the sale of coffee in any form requiring further processing prior to consumer use, provided that the business entity or any of its related business entities do not roast coffee.

Bag count shall be based on all coffee of any form purchased by the member or a related business entity, or caused to be purchased by the member or a related business entity, for import into the United States. Bag count shall include all forms of coffee using any applicable conversion rates.

Trade(r) doing more than one type of business shall be assessed the highest dues payable on the total of their combined activity in coffee as Importers, Importing Agents, Brokers and Non-Importing Agents.

Trade(r)/Importer Online Application ››  |  Trade(r)/Broker Online Application ›› 

Download and print the Trade(r) Application  

 


(c) Roaster/Manufacturer

“Roaster/Manufacturer” shall include entities that roast green coffee or manufacture extracts, soluble coffee or consumer coffee beverages, such as ready to drink coffee products.

Bag count for roasters/manufacturers domiciled in the United States or Canada shall be based on the total poundage of coffee roasted or otherwise manufactured for sale in the United States, using any applicable conversion rates. Bag count shall also include any green coffee sold by roasters/manufacturers and any roasted, soluble or ready to drink product that may have been obtained from other sources for resale in the United States using any applicable conversion rates.

Roaster/Manufacturer Online Application ››  |  Download and print the Roaster/Manufacturer Application

 


(d) Wholesaler/Distributor

“Wholesaler/distributor” shall be any business entity that sells coffee products in roast, soluble or beverage form either as a wholesaler or distributor, provided that the entity is not a coffee trade(r) or roaster.

Dues shall be based on the total poundage of all coffee sold in the United States. Poundage shall include soluble coffee and ready to drink products using applicable conversion rates.

Wholesaler/Distributor Online Application ››  |  Download and print the Wholesaler/Distributor Application

 


(e) Retailer

“Retailer” shall be any entity that sells coffee products in roast, soluble or beverage form directly to consumers, provided that the entity is not a coffee roaster or trade(r).

Dues shall be based on number of retail outlets in the United States.

By-the-Cup Retailer Online Application ››  |  Packaged Retailer Online Application 

Download and print the Retailer Application

 

Allied Members

All business entities engaged in the coffee industry primarily as suppliers of goods or services directly to persons eligible to be Regular or International members of the Association shall be eligible as Allied members of the Association, provided the entity is not eligible to be a Regular or International member. The Board of Directors may also make Allied membership available to other persons, partnerships or corporations performing a special service to the coffee industry.

Allied membership shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, mills, warehouses, packers, shipping lines, and ports, regardless of their location. Allied dues shall be based on total coffee related revenue.

Allied Online Application ››  |  Download and print the the Allied Application
 

International Members

All business entities domiciled outside the United States and Canada shall be eligible as international members of the Association, provided that the entity does not qualify for Regular membership, any related business entity eligible for Regular membership is a Regular member in the Association, and the entity falls into one of the following categories:

(a) Grower
“Grower” shall include business entities that grow coffee, provided that the business entity does not export, import, roast or sell coffee in any form at the retail level.

(b) Trade(r)
“Trade(r)” shall be any business entity that sells or purchases, or causes to be sold or purchased, or is party to the sale of coffee in any form requiring further processing prior to consumer use, provided that the business entity or any of its related business entities do not roast coffee.

Bag count shall be based on all coffee of any form sold by the member or a related business entity, or caused to be sold by the member or a related business entity, for import into the United States. Bag count shall include all forms of coffee using the appropriate conversion rates.

(c) Roaster/Manufacturer
“Roaster/Manufacturer” shall include entities that roast green coffee or manufacturer extracts, soluble coffee or consumer coffee beverages, such as ready to drink coffee products.

Roasters/manufacturers that sell coffee products, in or for sale in the United States, that do not require further processing prior to consumer use are not eligible as international members. Instead, pursuant to the bylaws any such roaster/manufacturer is eligible for Regular membership.

(d) Exporter
Please refer to Trade(r) definition.

(e) Association
Please contact NCA for details.

(f) Allied
All business entities engaged in the coffee industry primarily as suppliers of goods or services directly to persons eligible to be Regular or International members of the Association shall be eligible as Allied members of the Association, provided the entity is not eligible to be a Regular or International member. The Board of Directors may also make Allied membership available to other persons, partnerships or corporations performing a special service to the coffee industry.

Allied membership shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, mills, warehouses, packers, shipping lines, and ports, regardless of their location. Allied dues shall be based on total coffee related revenue.

International Online Application ››  |  Download and print the International Application
 

Provisional Members

All persons, partnerships or corporations domiciled in the United States or Canada may join as a provisional member, provided they are actively developing a coffee retail or roasting business, but such business or related business entities are not yet generating revenue from coffee related sales. Once sales are being generated from coffee-related business, the provisional member will have one year to transition to a Regular member. Provisional membership is limited to a maximum of two years. The provisional member shall have no right to vote or hold office.

Provisional Online Application ››  |  Download and print the Provisional Application
 

Non-Profit/Educational Members

All non-profit organizations and accredited educational institutions who are engaged in activities related to the coffee industry shall be eligible as non-profit/educational members of the Association, provided the business entity and its related business entities are not eligible as Regular or International members of the Association. The non-profit/educational member shall have no right to vote or hold office.

Non-Profit/Educational Online Application  |  Download and print the Non-Profit/Educational Application
 

Honorary Members

By vote of three-quarters of the full Board of Directors any worthy person who either is or has been active in the coffee industry may be made an honorary member having such privileges as are from time to time determined by the Board of Directors but such member shall have no right to vote or hold office and shall not be subject to dues.


Definitions

(a) “Business Entity” shall include individuals, partnerships, corporations and business organizations in any form.
(b) “Related business entity” shall be any business entity related to another business entity through means of joint ownership, be that individual or corporate ownership.

Conversion Rates

Soluble Coffee – soluble coffee shall be calculated on the basis of 2.6 pounds of green to 1 pound of soluble.
Liquid extract – liquid extract shall be calculated on the basis on 10 pounds of green to 1 gallon of extract.
Ready-to-Drink – ready to drink coffee shall be calculated on the basis of .5 pounds of green to 1 gallon of extract.

N.B. The industry-standard conversion factor for pounds-to-bag applies, regardless of the number of pounds in actual bags used for coffee sold. This is one bag = 132.276 pounds (or 60 Kilos).

Scroll through the dues basis to find the approrpriate membership type for your organization.  Please refer to the Dues Schedule for pricing information.  If you have any questions, call us at 212-766-4007.