Ocean Freight

Ocean freight forwarding: trusted FCL & LCL ocean shipments

Established and healthy relationships with the world's largest ocean carriers enables our import and export service.

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Ocean Freight Forwarding: the key to global shipping

In a world where global commerce is intricately linked, ocean freight forwarding is vital for efficient international shipping. With over two decades of expertise, ASF Global Logistics has become a unique player in global logistics by prioritizing a human-first approach to ocean freight forwarding. Our core values aren't just words but guiding principles in delivering reliable ocean freight service. Whether you're new to ocean shipping or seek a more meaningful partnership, ASF ensures your cargo reaches its final destination safely and efficiently.

ASF's sea freight expertise

In the crowded ocean freight shipping market, ASF stands out as a top partner. Our relationships with nine of the major ocean carriers ensure comprehensive global coverage for both Full Container Load (FCL) and Less-Than-Container Load (LCL) shipments. Beyond just ocean transportation, we offer a full suite of logistics solutions from drayage to trucking, rail, storage, and distribution, making us a key ocean transportation intermediary. 

Mastering the art of LCL shipments with ASF

When it comes to smaller shipments that don't require a full container, many shippers prefer the cost-effectiveness and flexibility of Less-Than-Container Load (LCL) options. At ASF, LCL is not just an afterthought; it's a specialized service tailored to meet your specific needs. Our expertise and personalized touch offer flexible scheduling and competitive rates. We go above and beyond, adhering to high standards that guarantee the safe and timely delivery of your LCL shipments.

FCL shipments: where efficiency meets excellence

For shippers dealing with large volumes of goods, Full Container Load (FCL) shipping is often the strategy of choice due to its lower cost per unit, increased security, and greater control over the shipping process. FCL shipping with ASF extends beyond basic logistics, serving as a comprehensive solution for businesses requiring bulk shipments. We maintain stringent standards to ensure your FCL shipments traverse the best route and arrive in impeccable condition. Our human-first approach is not just a slogan; it's our way of fulfilling promises, making ASF your go-to for FCL shipments.

Ocean shipping excellence: reliable, knowledgeable, and efficient.

Long term relationships
Carriers highly value the integrity and high standards that are the cornerstone of ASF’s approach. We work closely with carriers and clients to develop flexible, tailor-made solutions that best serve your unique shipping needs.
Dedicated Contracts
Our relationships extend to the executive level of ocean carriers, allowing us to negotiate the most favorable contract terms. These terms are not just a benefit to us; we pass these on to you, ensuring that you receive the most competitive, cost-effective, and reliable ocean freight services available.
Market Intelligence
With a strong global network, ASF is positioned to offer unparalleled market intelligence and insights. Our in-depth understanding of regional trends enables us to proactively address market shifts, providing you with a competitive edge in your supply chain operations.

Global expertise in international freight & shipping services

Our dedicated contracts with nine of the top global ocean carriers enable us to provide reliable solutions to and from Asia, Europe, South America, North America, and more. But that’s not all; we also take these global connections and customize them to serve local markets effectively. That's global reach with a local touch.

Additional services to optimize supply chain management

ASF doesn't just specialize in ocean freight forwarding; we offer a full suite of land and air freight services that create an end-to-end logistics solution for your shipping needs. From customs clearance through our knowledgeable customs brokers, to tailored cargo insurance options, we safeguard your shipments at every turn. Our contract management service negotiates the best terms and monitors performance, allowing you to concentrate on your core business.

Specialized needs are met through offerings like Flexitanks for bulk liquids and Reefers for temperature-sensitive cargo, all integrated into our ocean freight services for a seamless experience. Licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission, our value-added services are custom solutions designed to maximize efficiency and cohesion in your supply chain.
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ASF is a fantastic logistics partner to Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc. They provide a single point of contact that cares about our business and takes time to know us and all of our quirks. The leadership at ASF is second to none and always knows the latest happenings in the market. They're always fair with rates and typically lower than other NVO’s. I can’t say enough good things about ASF and highly recommend them.

Samantha Hasbrouck,

Director, Logistics & Trade Compliance

Your all-in-one freight solution

Whether it's by land or by sea, for import or export, ASF has got you covered. Our expertise ensures we have the capacity to move your cargo seamlessly from start to finish. Our comprehensive service offerings include drayage, LTL/FTL trucking, transload, rail freight, warehousing, and distribution center solutions. No matter the service, quality care remains our top priority. With ASF, you're not just choosing a logistics provider; you're opting for a full-service partner that prioritizes your unique shipping needs while maintaining the highest standards in global freight solutions.


Why use ASF for shipping ocean?

Pairing the right processes and technology with the best people provides the highest service delivery.

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  • Industry Connections

    We build strong, honest relationships with our partners, creating a network that enhances our logistical capabilities and benefits our clients.

  • Real-time Visibility

    We offer visibility at every stage—pre-shipment, in transit, and post-delivery—so you're never in the dark about the status of your cargo.

  • Unmatched Integrity

    In an industry where words are often just words, we stand by our commitments. We say what we mean and mean what we say, ensuring transparency and reliability in all our dealings.

  • Deep Roots

    Real-life knowledge to inform your supply chain strategy.

It’s time to be cared for. It’s time to contact ASF.

If you’re tired of dealing with freight forwarders that don’t respond, only sell on price, and don’t take the time to understand your needs, it’s time to contact ASF.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are LCL and FCL shipments and how do they differ?
LCL stands for Less-Than-Container Load, a shipping option where multiple customers' goods share space in a single container. It's ideal for smaller shipments that don't require the use of an entire container. FCL, or Full Container Load, is when you rent an entire container for your shipment, making it more suitable for large volumes of goods. The primary differences lie in cost, efficiency, and the level of control you have over the shipping process. FCL is often more cost-effective per unit, offers increased security, and provides greater control over the shipment. LCL, on the other hand, offers flexibility and can be more cost-effective for smaller shipments. Both options come with their own set of advantages, and ASF Global specializes in providing tailored solutions for each.
Do your rate quotes include all surcharges and additional fees?
Our rates are transparent. They include all known surcharges and clearly outline what costs are included in a quote. We stand fully behind our rate quotes.
What type of insurance coverage is available from ASF?
Cargo insurance ensures property while in transit against loss or damage arising from perils associated with the navigation of sea or air and subsequent land and inland waterways.
Do you assist with navigating all relevant regulations and have a clear process for customs clearance?
Yes, ASF has a complete customs brokerage team that is prepared to navigate your customs clearance quickly and effectively.
How do you track shipments and provide updates?
You can rely on our freight technology platform to provide you with complete, detailed milestone visibility of your shipments from origin booking to door delivery including live updates.
How do you handle issues or problems that arise during shipping?
We’re responsive and proactive, ready to keep your supply chain on track. If there’s an issue of any kind we’re ready to review it and determine the best way to resolve it.
Who do we contact when we need support?
Contact your dedicated account manager who is always ready to provide you with personalized support and care.
How does ASF address environmental sustainability?
We are an environmentally aware business that focuses on working with customers to help them reduce the impact of their supply chain on the environment. This is accomplished by supporting ocean carriers that prioritize sustainability and green, climate-friendly initiatives including reducing waste, pollution, and emissions.