Trans-World Shipping Service, Inc. and Toledo Air Cargo, Inc. are full-service companies offering a wide variety of import and export services including US customs brokerage, international freight forwarding, air freight services, warehousing and distribution, customs bond writing, and much more. We are the only freight forwarder and customs broker in the area with the ability to meet all your international logistics needs.

Our staff of dedicated and experienced personnel is here to give you the personalized service you deserve. Whether you have a question about a shipment or need someone to walk you through the shipping process, TWS staff is here to help. So, when you call our office, experienced and knowledgeable professionals dedicated to serving you and solving your international logistics needs, will answer the phone. This translates into faster, more efficient handling of your freight, at a lower cost.

No matter if your freight is large or small, or if you are an experienced overseas shipper or new to international trade, TWS provides you the personal service you deserve for your major international logistics needs. Most companies preach it, but we truly go above and beyond to ensure every aspect of the shipping process goes smoothly. If it doesn’t, then we quickly work to determine the problem and find a solution.

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Our Clients

At Trans-World Shipping Service, Inc., we are your partner from origin to destination. Our team is dedicated to building long lasting relationships to ensure we are able to provide you top of the line quality in all aspects in the shipping process. You will never have to worry about a middle man. Our team will be there every step of the way. From startups to fortune 500 companies, we are your shipping partner.

Well-Established Roots

Since 1910, Trans-World Shipping Service, Inc. has grown from a single custom house broker to a local leader in importing and exporting goods. While ownership has changed over the years, the company has remained locally owned for over 65 years and family-owned for almost 40 years. We are proud of our history and look forward to the future as we continue to service our customer's requirements in the rapidly changing world of international trade.

A History of Experience

Locally owned and operated for over 100 years, Trans-World Shipping Service, Inc. history began when Lillian Kriener went to work for Charlie Pratt, Toledo’s only custom house broker. Following his passing in 1918, Kreiner became the first female licensed custom house broker in the United States with license number 15. Later, Kreiner married Blaine Hopkins and, together they ran the business.

In 1954, a group of local businessmen established Trans-World Shipping Service, Inc. as an international freight forwarder. With the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, Toledo became a busy port with import as well as export cargo. In order to serve all the needs of their clients, TWS partners acquired Kreiner-Hopkins Company in 1958.

In 1980 R.E. Smith purchased the company. Under his leadership and guidance, Trans-World Shipping continued to grow and expand its large variety of services. TWS established itself as a family-owned and operated company as R.E.’s son, Regan, began working and learning all aspects of the business. Working his way up through the ranks, he was named President in 1998. In 2016, Regan’s son, Regan, established the company’s third-generation as he became President and has continued to practice the values of a service-oriented company. Since 1980, Trans-World Shipping has been in the Smith family’s ownership.

Looking for an international logistics partner? Contact us today!

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Catherine Smith

Owner
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Regan J. Smith LCB

President
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Melanie High

Accounting Manager & Human Resources
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Jim Gilcher Jr.

Warehouse Manager
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Dawn Dusseau

Director Import Operations
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Charlene O'Connell

Ocean Export Specialist
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Ginger Sybert

Ocean Export Specialist
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Heather Farnsworth

Ocean Export Analyst
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Kris Rauch

Air Export Specialist
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Lori Lubinski

Air Export Specialist
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Stephanie Eckel

Air Import Specialist
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Dakota Butch LCB

Import Specialist
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Jeff Birr, Sr.

Warehouse Driver