Ocean Freight

UWL is a leading freight forwarder, providing ocean freight services through all major U.S. & International ports

Our company’s history is rooted in deep relationships with ocean carriers.  In the 1960s, our parent company, World Shipping got its start as a liner agency for vessels transiting the Great Lakes, representing more than 35 carriers over the span of 50 years. 

We’ve developed strong, long-standing relationships with the leading steamship lines which give us the flexibility to choose the best carrier to move your sea freight, versatility on pricing to ensure we find the lowest rates, and access to equipment where you need it.

Our national Customs house brokerage license, best-in-class customer service, and time-definite services for sensitive delivery requirements translate to improved ROI for your company.

With strategic ocean carrier partnerships and an extensive network worldwide operating in all major and remote trade lanes, we provide accurate, timely cargo handling and delivery.

Looking for a reliable 3PL company who can handle your shipment from the ocean booking all the way through its final delivery?  We’re on it!


  • In addition to providing air freight and ocean freight services, UWL can handle your drayage needs, too!

    Our nationwide network of trusted trucking providers ensures that we can find the trucks to move your containerized cargo when and where you need them.

    Our road and rail solutions integrate seamlessly with our other services, allowing UWL to provide truly multimodal, door-to-door solutions.

    Services & Capabilities

      • Local ocean drayage – Full Container Load (FCL) & Less Than Container Load (LCL)
      • Tracking & visibility through WorldScope
      • Full EDI capabilities
      • POD imaging technology
      • Secure loaded container storage
      • Warehousing
      • Transloading
      • Consolidation/deconsolidation
      • High risk/high-value shipping

End-to-End Solutions

Looking for a reliable 3PL company who can handle your shipment from the ocean booking all the way through its final delivery? 
We’re on it!
  • Direct, weekly flight from Houston to Germany with only 3-4 Day Transit
  • Guaranteed capacity – No cargo rolling!
  • No Splitting – Your freight will stay together throughout its journey
  • Dedicated terminal space – Avoid ground handling congestion/delays
  • Deconsolidation occurs in our customs-bonded warehouse
  • Freight available for pick-up within 12-24 hours of arrival into Germany.

Storage & Distribution Solutions

    • Through our sister company World Distribution Services, we are able to provide warehousing and distribution services in strategic locations near major ports along the East and Gulf coast, with additional 4PL warehousing partners on the West Coast.

      We offer transloading, cross-docking, retail consolidation/deconsolidation, inventory management, order fulfillment, and more value-added services to fulfill your warehousing and distribution needs.