About Us


For more than 31 years USSA has successfully secured advantageous ocean shipping contracts for its members throughout many business cycles. USSA provides members with an electronic contract management platform for ocean freight which shows detailed bottom line detail and bottom line freight spend.


USSA affords members with market leading ocean freight rates and services by combining member shipping volume. The Association provides up to date information on trends of global economics and the impact on ocean shipping.

Operating Committee

Each member assigns one or more representatives to the USSA Operating Committee provides direction to staff and assists staff in implementing USSA strategy.

Key Staff

Bruce Williams, IT Lead, handles data analysis for the Association

Board of Directors

Is comprised of one Management level representative from each equity member. The Board of Directors provides strategic direction to the Association.

Anti-trust Due Diligence

Export Trade Certificate #855A018, issued jointly by the U.S Departments of Commerce and Justice, and reviewed annually, along with legal letters of review covering the E.U., Asia, and Central and South America ensure compliance with anti-trust regulations worldwide.

Mission Statement

USSA is dedicated to improving members’ market position by:

  • leveraging combined volumes to procure competitive rates and favorable terms within service contracts;
  • providing a technologically advanced IT platform to efficiently manage the global ocean freight bidding process and contract management system;
  • assisting members in managing operational issues to achieve reliable service from carriers;
  • advocating for members and keeping them well informed of issues impacting the industry.


Enabling members to leverage collective expertise and shipping volumes with a strategy that delivers superior value to the organizations.


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Going the extra distance

Transportation Procurement, Contract Management, and Ocean Shipment Visibility available to all USSA members

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