For more than 33 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 both detailed itemized charges and bottom line freight spending.
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.
Each member assigns one or more representatives to the USSA Operating Committee, which provides direction to staff and assists staff in implementing USSA strategy.
Beverly Altimore, President and Executive Director. Provides general operating guidance and is primary contact with ocean carriers, key vendors, industry leaders, and government agencies.
Tom Johnson, Support Manager. Handles day-to-day operations, invoicing, approving contract amendments, and resolving Member issues with carriers.
Bruce Williams, IT Lead. Responsible for all data analysis and information management for USSA.
Is comprised of one Management-level representative from each equity member. The Board of Directors provides strategic direction to the Association.
Export Trade Certificate #85-18A018, 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.
We are dedicated to securing a balance of competitive ocean freight rates and reliable service for our Members through leveraged volume and collaborative market knowledge. We provide the latest technology which enables efficient processes to handle container freight.
The ability to leverage ocean logistics services has been a very positive tool in reducing our overall spend, i.e. such as gaining exposure to various IT and systems solutions and ultimately entering into an IT solution (GT Nexus) at a significantly discounted cost. The ability to openly communicate and bench-marking of services/rates with a group of shippers is a very positive tool.
Through the USSA consortium, FMC has access to competitive rates by leveraging the member volumes and capabilities, best-in-class information technology and up-to-date information about the shipping industry. USSA provides FMC with a cost effective way to optimize its logistics spend.
I like the fact that USSA partnered with GT Nexus. With this tool I can always see exactly what my freight rates are.
Through membership in the USSA we have gained more competitive rates and a reliable network of other exporters. Joining the USSA has been a positive experience with great results.