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.