Industries

With global sourcing an everyday reality, FLS connects the growers, farmers and producers of agricultural products around the world with their key markets.

For over four decades we have built up the experience and expertise needed to deliver an efficient, economical shipping service, tailored to the requirements of our individual agricultural customers.

Maximising shelf-life and quality of agricultural produce

FLS plays a key role in maximising the shelf-life and quality of the agricultural produce we transport. We offer:

  • Fast transit times across all key trade lanes.
  • Outstanding global port coverage and connectivity, enabling loading close to point of origin.
  • Reliable and well-maintained equipment (standard, food-grade, out-of-gauge and reefer) when and where our customers need it.

We have both the scale and the know-how to provide the optimal transport services for you, whatever your situation might be. Whatever your cargo, whatever your location, FLS can help.

Getting to know our customers and their cargoes

At FLS, we work hard to build productive relationships with our agricultural customers. We take the time to get to know their businesses – that way we’re able to offer flexible solutions that reflect their changing needs.

These market-leading firms know they can trust us to fulfil our role as a vital link in their uninterruptable supply chains.

Expertise in automotive logistics

We understand the demands of automotive logistics, whether you are shipping cars, motorbikes or engine parts, and the pressures faced by manufacturers operating Just-In-Time (JIT) or Just-In-Sequence (JIS) production cycles. FLS has the experience, expertise and reliability to support such time-sensitive requirements – ensuring automotive cargoes are in exactly the right place at exactly the right time. We provide a seamless, coordinated and efficient service across all of the major global trade lanes, enabling our customers to achieve their operational goals.

When working with FLS, our clients enjoy the benefits of:

  • Fast transit times.
  • Extensive equipment inventory.
  • Outstanding port coverage.
  • Strong intermodal offering.

Global scale

With a fleet of more than 480 vessels, we sail 200 routes to 315 ports of call across 150 countries. We also have over 480 global agency offices staffed with experienced, knowledgeable teams. They’re ready to provide expert guidance on shipping your automotive cargoes at both a local and global level.

Customer service excellence

Our scale and capability makes FLS a natural transport partner for your automotive business, but what truly sets us apart is our approach to customer service. We are committed to building productive relationships with our customers, we take the time to get to know their businesses – that way we’re able to offer flexible solutions that reflect their changing needs.

Nowhere is FLS’s unrivalled level of customer care more important than in the transport of potentially hazardous cargoes, such as chemicals.

Specialists in chemical transportation

FLS has a worldwide network of 480 agency offices, each of which has first-hand experience of local requirements and regulations regarding chemicals/dangerous goods in ports across the globe.

We also boast a specialist chemical support department based at our Antwerp home port in Belgium. They will ensure that your shipment meets the stringent compliance requirements of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, and they can also deal with any contingency along the way.

With specialist chemists on-hand we can ensure that your chemical cargo (and the box it sits next to) is stowed and shipped in-keeping with the necessary legal and safety requirements. FLS has genuine expertise in delivering containerised chemical cargoes swiftly, safely and with the minimum of fuss.

Delivering peace of mind

Transporting chemicals requires care, precision and robust processes. That’s why, no matter where you are in the world, via which of our 200 ocean routes your container is being shipped or what the cargo is, we will always:

  • Meet the highest international safety standards.
  • Meet the highest international environmental standards.

As a result, you know that when you ship your chemicals or other dangerous goods with us, your cargo is in safe and experienced hands.

FLS helps keep the world fed and watered. We’re a key link in the global supply chain of food and beverages.

From frozen meats to fruit and vegetables, finished beers to fine whiskeys, many of the world’s most celebrated brands trust FLS to fulfil their shipping and logistics needs every day. The scale and flexibility of our approach has enabled us to build successful, long-term relationships with growers, producers, wholesalers and retailers from all over the world.

Fast, reliable transits to key food and beverage markets

Decades of experience servicing these industries means we understand the importance of global port coverage, equipment availability and reliable scheduling. We’re mindful of product shelf-life and the relentless pace of supplying consumer markets, and meet these challenges with:

  • A fleet of more than 490 vessels sailing 200 routes to 500 ports in 155 countries.
  • An inventory of 10 million well-maintained, well-positioned containers, covering both standard and specialist equipment types.
  • A network of over 480 FLS agency offices around the world, staffed by trade specialists who provide expert advice at a local level.
  • Fast, transparent provision of information to facilitate productivity planning.

Customer service tailored to your needs

FLS has the capability and expertise to deliver a world-class, worldwide shipping service. But what really sets us apart is our customer service. Our attentive approach ensures that our food and beverage shipping services evolve to match the changing needs of our customers. We listen to our customers and work hard to deliver an unrivalled level of tailor-made service.

For decades FLS has successfully connected the minerals extraction industries with customer markets around the world – offering fast transit times across all key trade lanes

Working right across the supply chain, we have provided international shipping services to those mining companies that rely on receiving the right equipment on-time.

Scale and knowledge ideal for mining and minerals

At FLS we recognise that the mining and mineral industry needs ocean carriers that combine global scale and an extensive equipment inventory with specific product and geographical expertise – and that’s what we provide. We offer tailor-made services to suit the needs of the individual customer and cargo – wherever they are in the world. Each agency office in our global network can provide expert guidance on the optimal transportation for your consignment – from standard dry vans to specialist out-of-gauge equipment.

FLS has enjoyed substantial customer-based growth in recent years, underpinned by our:

  • Fast transit times across all key trade lanes.
  • Outstanding global port coverage and connectivity, enabling loading close to point of origin.
  • Reliable and well-positioned equipment.

Building strong, flexible relationships with customers

What’s more, because we take the time to get to know our customers’ businesses and work to build long-term relationships, our unrivalled customer service continues to improve over time. As a result we’re able to offer ever-more flexible solutions, all designed to reflect your changing needs.

Despite the rise of electronic communications, the world’s demand for paper and paper-related products remains exceptionally high — be it prime paper, paperboard or pulp.


FLS has long-established experience and expertise, connecting the world’s leading mills with major global consumer markets.

With our keen sense of corporate social responsibility, we’re also very proud to be one of the world’s largest carriers of recyclable waste paper; and we’ve developed strong working relationships with many of the major players in the waste paper supply chain.

Coverage in key trade lanes

Our customers benefit from FLS’s outstanding port coverage in key trade lanes central to the paper industries. We are able to offer:

  • More than 490 vessels.
  • Fast transit times over 200 global sea routes.
  • 500 ports of call in 155 countries.
  • A network of 480 agency offices around the world.
  • Outstanding intermodal options for land-side transportation.

Professionals in paper products

However, FLS understands that global shipping is more than simply scale and numbers – it is about expertise and customer service. We provide customers in the paper industries with wide-ranging, product-specific knowledge and an extensive equipment inventory. So wherever you are, whatever type of paper or paper-related product you are looking to ship, FLS has the capacity, capability and know-how to get the job done.

Tailored service

FLS prides itself on offering an unrivalled standard of customer service. We believe in investing in long-term relationships and in spending time getting to know our customers’ needs thoroughly. That way as their needs develop, our service evolves with them – ensuring a tailor-made transportation service at all times.

Coming in all shapes and sizes, from raw materials to finished items, and transported to and from every major trade lane, plastic and rubber goods are at the very centre of most modern global supply chains.

From natural polymers to petrochemical derivatives and thermoplastics, these commodities are essential to the manufacture, processing or packaging of products across countless other industries. What’s more, the management of plastic/rubber by-products, recyclables and scrap materials is a substantial industry in itself.

Scale and knowledge ideal for plastics and rubber industries

Successfully servicing this colossal need requires a global-scale shipping and logistics operation, not to mention expert knowledge of the sector. That’s why so many of the world’s leading plastic and rubber companies choose FLS as their transport partner. We currently utilise a fleet of more than 480 vessels, sailing 200 routes to 315 ports of call across over 150 countries. We also have over 480 global agency offices staffed with experienced, knowledgeable teams ready to provide expert guidance on shipping your plastic or rubber products both locally and globally.

In short, FLS is able to provide:

  • Fast transit times across all key trade lanes.
  • Outstanding global port coverage and connectivity, enabling loading close to point of origin.
  • Reliable and well-maintained equipment (standard, food-grade, out-of-gauge and reefer) which is positioned right where our customers need it.
  • Expert sector knowledge, available globally.

Customer service tailored to your needs

What consistently sets FLS apart is our outstanding customer service. We work hard to build productive relationships with our customers, taking time to get to know their business properly; that way we’re able to offer flexible solutions that reflect their changing needs.

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