My primary focus is on fixed rate FCL service and logistics for import cargo containers moving from Asia to the U.S. I’m proud to say that as of August 30, 2017, over 98% of containers dedicated to my fixed rate program have moved and are currently moving at the fixed rate level.

The program mission is for the importer to achieve their lowest potential annual freight spend, and reliable factory-to-warehouse lead times. This is achieved through a combination of fixed rate contracts, ample space on ships, and multiple sailings each week.

I hold a “Certified Supply Chain Professional” (CSCP) certificate from APICS; Supply Chain Coursework through MIT; A Degree in International Studies; and am a Certified Ski Instructor of the Professional Ski Association of America (PSIA).

I specialize in the strategic design of the import supply chain. I started my career in the international supply chain space in 1987.


My clients did not suffer the severe spike in rates that permeated the US import market this year (2016-2017).

My clients also enjoyed the low spot rates available during the first half of 2016 and throughout 2015.

Importers who do not use both the fixed FCL market and the spot FCL market and are missing out on cost saving opportunities, as well as capacity opportunities.

Importers who do not use all of the fixed rate services are exposing their supply chain to the risk of rate increases and delayed sailings as ships become overbooked.

Managers involved in planning and executing a company’s imports, more than ever, need to become experts on the transportation segment of the import supply chain.

Importers also need to adopt a more sophisticated import supply chain system of partners, processes and technology.

  • The import supply chain system must be designed to give the importer the capability to transform the complexities into competitive advantage, but, at the same time, avoid risks that put the import supply chain in jeopardy.

Implementing the appropriate import supply chain system consists of:

  • Aggressively manage and optimize annual ocean freight spend by designing FLEXIBILITY into the system
  • Manage RISK in the import supply chain
  • Increase on-time delivery and customer satisfaction
  • Create accurate and detailed end-to-end visibility
  • Control and manages lead times.
  • Reduce inventory and safety stock

According to an April 2014 report by Deloitte:

  • 79 percent of organizations with superior supply chain capabilities (“supply chain leaders”) achieve revenue growth that is significantly above average
  • Only 8 percent of the organizations with lower performing supply chains (“supply chain followers”) have above-average revenue growth
  • 69 percent of supply chain leaders have an EBIT margin that is significantly above average compared to only nine percent of supply chain followers  read more about this survey….

Improve the performance of your supply chain by implementing a modern and flexible importing strategy. Be a supply chain leader, not a supply chain laggard.

As an industry professional, I work with companies importing and exporting who want to transform their supply chain into a competitive advantage. Contact me for a free initial consultation.

Contact me at hugh@hughfinerty.com, phone 402-871-6234

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