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Rob Shepard

Vice President, Market Intelligence

Charlie Cunnion

Vice President, Global Transportation

Transportation And Logistics

Moving mountains, not just goods.

Empowered with the authority of an ambassador, IFP's transportation specialists are complemented by its staff of experienced legal and financial professionals working in concert with banks, insurance companies and other institutions. Connected in the right places, these professionals are well-versed in the nuances of business diplomacy, resulting in efficient movement of goods. In fact, IFP is annually ranked among the USA's top 50 exporters. (Source: The Journal of Commerce)

Since transportation charges often represent as much as twenty-five percent of the delivered price of forest products, IFP has dedicated its transportation expertise to arranging cost-effective and reliable carriage for all shipments. From the outset, the company's transportation team works closely with its marketing representatives to develop competitive quotes for freight rates. The team's responsibilities cover a lot of ground, from the evaluation of transit schedules and the accessibility of vessels to overseeing every order form from time of placement to its prompt arrival at the client's door. This includes determining the best manner of shipping each order, either by container or breakbulk, as well as the most suitable carrier. Close coordination with stevedores and vessel agents ensures proper handling, loading, stowing and documentation of items on board. As a result of its experience in the freight industry handling one million tons of merchandise each year, IFP has acquired extensive knowledge of ocean chartering, contracts of affreightment, cargo supervision, service contract negotiations, marine insurance and documentation. In all the world, no company goes to greater lengths for its clients.