About Vanguard Logistics Services

The world’s premier LCL provider


Vanguard Logistics Services is the leading neutral freight consolidation service, offering forwarders and customers of all sizes the world’s largest owned LCL end-to-end network, unparalleled schedule integrity, and industry-leading information technology applications.

Founded in 1978, Vanguard has been steadily expanding its reach ever since. We now have over 120 owned offices spread across more than 30 countries, employing over 3,000 people and offering in excess of 1200 direct services every week. Including trusted partners and agents this network expands our footprint to more than 100 countries. Vanguard has also been consistently adding to its capabilities, building a range of value-added services around its core competency, Less Than Container Load ocean freight consolidation. As such, we have become a one-stop shop for many partners looking for speed, frequency and control in the NVOCC market.

What hasn’t changed since our beginnings, though, is our approach. There’s a lot in a name: the word “vanguard” means “forefront”, and at the forefront of the industry is where we’ve always been, offering more and more coverage, ever greater frequency, and increasingly innovative customer solutions.

The Vanguard operating principles

Our strength lies in our five operating principles, which guide our business decisions and represent clear commitments to our customers.

1. Global integration

By maintaining an owned network worldwide, we can ensure consistent, reliable end-to-end service. Where we extend our network with partners, they too are integrated into our processes and network.

2. Compliance and performance

Our high degree of integration allows us to ensure both regulatory compliance (C-TPAT, SOLAS, and DG global) and operational excellence: schedule integrity, cargo security, and sailing frequency.

3. IT driven

We don’t see information technology as a bolt-on, but as a central component of our service, offering our customers access to our highly effective logistics software and integrating seamlessly into their own systems and products where required.

4. Specific product experts

Our team has best-in-class expertise across a full range of products and value-added services, from our core competency LCL into our proprietary CFS network, warehousing capabilities, and hazardous cargo leadership.

5. Management structure

We combine global reach with personal contacts. Thanks to our transparent management structure, customers all over the world always know exactly who to talk to in their country or region.

Vanguard is expanding at speed, opening more facilities and pioneering new routes and solutions every year, but never compromising on these strict operating principles. In fact, our growth and our standards go hand in hand – and combine to make us the world’s premier LCL provider.

For information about how we can put the Vanguard network to work for your business, contact us today.