About Us


For more than 25 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 assisting staff to implement USSA strategy.

Key Staff

Executive Director, Beverly Altimore, and Support Manager, Tom Johnson handle the management and administration of the Association.

Board of Directors

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

Anti-trust Due Diligence

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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