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About Us Universal Shipping Express Inc. (USE) is a leading worldwide provider of transportation, warehousing, global logistics and supply chain solutions. Founded in Erie, PA by local entrepreneur, Jim Berlin, 20 years ago, Universal Shipping Express has annual sales surpassing $150M and has been repeatedly recognized as one of the fastest-growing transportation and logistics companies in the country, a great supply chain partner, a top freight brokerage firm, and a great place to work. With a strong passion for excellence, our 400+ employees put the “Plus” in logistics by doing the big things properly, and the countless little things, that together ensure complete customer satisfaction and success.

 

USE Transportation, our very first partner, tops a list of loyal customers that span a variety of industries, including energy, manufacturing, assembly, heavy industrial, food, wholesale, retail, technology, and many others. Universal Shipping Express offers a breadth of simple, reliable, and affordable services, including less-than-truckload (LTL), truckload, expedited freight, air and ocean freight forwarding, warehousing and distribution, project cargo, import/export, customs brokerage, and global trade compliance. Working as your 3PL or 4PL partner, we’re the company that handles supply chain challenges from start-to-finish by doing what other logistics companies can’t or won’t do.

 

The Universal Shipping Express® network includes offices located in Erie, PA; Alma, AR; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; Riverside, CA; San Francisco, CA; Visalia, CA; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Kansas City, MO; Charlotte, NC; Lexington, NC; Buffalo, NY; Cleveland, OH; Charleston, SC; Greenville, SC; Nashville, TN; Dallas, TX; Fort Worth, TX; Houston, TX; Laredo, TX; Madison, WI; Bahrain; Belgium; Canada; Chile; China; Colombia; Egypt; France; Germany; India; Indonesia; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Libya; Mexico; Poland; Saudi Arabia; South Sudan; Turkey; UAE; and Uganda; with additional agents around the world. You can find all of our people and locations online.

 

About Jim Berlin

Jim Berlin CircleAfter a 20-year career in the less-than-truckload (LTL) industry, the majority of that time spent at TNT/USF Red Star, Jim founded Universal Shipping Express in 1996 with only three employees, one customer and a $120,000 purchase order. Though he is a New York City native, since relocating to Erie, PA, Jim has invested heavily in the community’s economic development.  In 2003, he renovated the 80-year-old former train station and made it the company’s global headquarters, and he actively participates in a number of civic initiatives. In addition to many company awards, Jim has been honored as a Most Admired CEO by the Manufacturer and Business Association (MBA), and Ernst & Young (EY) recognized Jim as Western Pennsylvania’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2004. In 2005 he was named to the lifelong EY Entrepreneur of the Year World Hall of Fame. In addition to his company and community activities, Jim is also a member of the Business Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Universal Shipping Express Inc. was founded in 1996 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

As we celebrate our 20th year of operations, here are some company milestones along the way:

 

USE-Logo-with-20-Years BolderLine1996 – Universal Shipping Express CEO Jim Berlin was given a one-year, three-person purchase order to heSE manage domestic inbound logistics for USE Transportation Systems (GETS) in Erie, Pa.

 

1997 – GETS asked Jim and his staff of five to assist with their newly developed Mexico supplier shipments.

 

Jim Berlin Circle1998 – GETS places some of the Universal Shipping Express 15 team members in their sourcing offices in the Czech Republic, Poland and Russia.

 

1999 – Universal Shipping Express expands to India, China and Indonesia and begins offering services to other customers and other industries.

 

2003 – Through sustained, organic growth the company reaches 100 employees with offices in twelve countries and over 200 customers. The company also acquires the historic Union Station building in downtown Erie, Pa. where its global headquarters reside today.

 

2004 – Jim Berlin named a Ernst & Young Regional Entrepreneur of the Year.

 

2011 – Universal Shipping Express acquires Horizon Logistics adding additional talent and customers to the company, with locations in Irving, TX, Lexington, NC, and San Francisco, CA.

 

2014 – Universal Shipping Express acquires the old Skinner Engine building in downtown Erie, Pa. creating additional warehousing capacity for customers in the region.

 

2015 – In January, named 2014 Employer of the Year by the DevelopErie regional economic agency; in April, named a Top 50 freight brokerage firm by Transport Topics magazine; and in July, named a 2015 Great Supply Chain Partner by SupplyChainBrain magazine.

 

2016 – In June, named to the SDCE 100 Top Supply Chain Projects list by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine. In July, the company celebrates its 20th anniversary. Today we have 40 offices in 20 countries, over 400 employees, $135M+ in annual revenue, and over 2,000 very satisfied customers across many industries. In December, acquires DoorLogistics™ service of Virginia Beach, Virginia-based SynchroNet Intermodal Services, Inc. The purchase, which includes RateNow™ web-based optimization software, provides Universal Shipping Express and its customers with enhanced intermodal container visibility, more competitive pricing, and new operational support capabilities.

 

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