ASF Logistics is a Mobile, AL based full service international logistics provider, freight forwarder, NVOCC, and custom’s house broker. ASF specializes in providing customers with solutions that provide for the optimum flow of goods, materials, and information. All business conducted as an Ocean Transport Intermediary as defined by the Federal Maritime Commission is conducted only by ASF, Inc. ASF, Inc is licensed with the Federal Maritime Commission as an Ocean Freight Forwarder and Non-Vessel Operating common carrier under Ocean Transport Intermediary License No. 020898NF.

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ASF Logistics announced that the company, which is headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, has been recognized as one of the 2012 “Best Companies to Work for in Alabama” in the small business category. 

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Trans-Pacific free trade deal agreed creating vast partnership

The US, Japan and 10 other Pacific rim countries have signed a controversial and sweeping trade agreement that covers about 40% of the world economy.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will create a new economic bloc with reduced trade barriers between the 12 nations involved.
The deal was signed after five days of talks in Atlanta in the US but has been under negotiation for five years.

It was delayed repeatedly by negotiations over drug patents.
The other countries included in the TPP are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

"It is a major outcome not just for Japan but also for the future of the Asia-Pacific," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters.

The deal is expected to be announced officially later on Monday, after which it will have to be ratified by the individual countries involved.If approved, the agreement has the potential to influence trade in everything from dairy produce to cancer treatments.

Supporters say the deal could be worth billions of dollars to the countries involved but critics say it was negotiated in secret and is biased towards corporations.

The final round of talks in Atlanta were delayed by negotiations over how long a monopoly period should be allowed on next-generation biotech drugs.

The US had sought 12 years of protection to encourage pharmaceutical companies to invest in expensive biological treatments. Australia, New Zealand and public health groups had sought a period of five years to bring down drug costs and the burden on state-subsidized medical programs.
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If you are at the NHLA Convention in Nashville TN next week stop by and say hello to Team ASF at stand 502.
Join the global gathering of the hardwood community at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville, Tennessee - October 7-9, 2015. The NHLA Annual Convention & Exhibit Showcase serves as the premier North American hardwood industry networking and educational event, attracting thousands of hardwood industry professionals from nearly 400 different companies across the United States, Canada and the world.
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Import/Export Outlook

U.S. containerized imports this year will surpass 20 million 20-foot-equivalent units for the first time, driven by continued strength in housing, automobiles and consumer spending, predicts JOC Senior Economist Mario O. Moreno.

In the JOC’s latest quarterly Container Shipping Outlook, Moreno increased his 2015 forecast for U.S. import volume to 6.6 percent from 6.3 percent in his previous forecast. Total import volume is expected to exceed 20.2 million TEUs, up from 19 million in 2014, he said. The numbers exclude empty containers.

Expectations for the near term have been clouded by lingering effects of supply chain disruptions stemming from West Coast port congestion earlier this year. Retailers and manufacturers such as Pier 1 Imports and Nike have indicated this year’s peak season for holiday imports could be dampened by an overhang of inventory.

The outlook for exports isn’t cloudy but is negative. Moreno forecasts a 2.4 percent decline, to 11.659 million TEUs. That’s an improvement from the 5.8 percent decline he previously forecast, but Moreno said the strong U.S. dollar and weak demand from trading partners will continue to depress U.S. exports through this year.

Moreno forecasts that total U.S. imports will rise 7 percent next year, to 21.65 million TEUs, and 7.4 percent in 2017, to 23.26 million TEUs. He forecasts exports to resume their growth in 2016, with a 5.1 percent increase, to 12.3 million TEUs, followed by a 6.5 percent increase in 2017, to 13.1 million TEUs.

Delayed shipments contributed to a 7.3 percent year-over-year increase in total U.S. containerized imports in the second quarter. That was twice the percentage increase during the first quarter of 2014, and represented the 15th consecutive quarter of year-to-year growth in import volumes.

Each of the major east-west trade lanes posted gains. Eastbound trans-Pacific shipments rose 7.3 percent in the second quarter and 6.2 percent during the first half of the year. Second quarter volume rose 21.2 percent for shipments from Southeast Asia and 15.5 percent from India. Westbound trans-Atlantic shipments rose 8.3 percent.

Imports continue to benefit from U.S. economic growth, which was 3.7 percent in the second quarter, a sharp increase from the originally forecast 2.3 percent. Furniture and auto parts, the top two U.S. import commodities by TEU volume, continue to benefit from a strengthening housing market and robust auto sales.

Furniture imports in the second quarter matched their 6.5 percent growth in the first quarter. Other housing-sensitive imports also showed gains. These included hardware imports, which 8.1 percent, lamps and parts (up 9.3 percent), kitchenware (21.2 percent), refrigerators (7.5 percent), laundry machines (9.3 percent), and rugs and floor covering (24.8 percent).

Auto parts imports through U.S. ports rose 4.1 percent year-over-year i in the second quarter, after a 1.5 percent first quarter increase that was affected by port delays and increased sourcing from Mexico.
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Mission Statement

ASF Logistics strives to be the company of choice for global logistics by fostering a collaborative environment of partnerships, teamwork, and creativity. Our goal is to consistently deliver a competitive advantage to our customers through innovative and customized solutions which add value and sets them apart from their competitors.

Logistics & Supply Chain Solutions

  • Vendor management
  • Document management
  • Information management
  • Purchase order management
  • Cargo management and flow optimization
  • Consolidation
  • Carrier management
  • Transport management
  • Import planning and coordination
  • Customs house brokerage
  • Cross-docking and trans-loading
  • Distribution