Pioneering Logistics and Compliance for More than a Century.

At CH Powell, a “progress together” business philosophy has propelled us since our founding in 1919.

We are a fourth-generation family business of logistics and compliance experts that has prospered by recognizing the capability and contribution of every CH Powell employee and by fostering the goal of enabling client success through international trade.

For over a century, we have played a unique role in our country’s economic growth and in development around the globe by facilitating the flow of imports and exports. We are driven by innovation and new opportunities, striving to deliver value to our clients every day through personalized service and trade and compliance expertise.

The History of CH Powell Company

  • 1919
  • 1920’s
  • 1940’s
  • 1962
  • 1970’s
  • 1975
  • 1990’s
  • 1992
  • 1995
  • 2003
  • 2007
  • 2010’s
  • 2019
  • 2021
  • 1919
  • 1920’s
  • 1940’s
  • 1962
  • 1970’s
  • 1975
  • 1990’s
  • 1992
  • 1995
  • 2003
  • 2007
  • 2010’s
  • 2019
  • 2021

CH Powell, a privately owned freight forwarding company is founded in Boston, MA

CH Powell opens branch offices in Liverpool, England and New York City

CH Powell manages shipping and storage of British wool during the World War II Lend-Lease Program, part of our long-standing partnership with the U.S. government and agencies

CH Powell Company becomes principal owner of Intercontinental Air Freight, Inc., the first freight forwarder and customs broker located at Boston’s Logan International Airport

Expansion into the Southeast, with offices in Charleston, Greer, SC, and Baltimore, following the shipping needs of a migrating textile machinery industry

CH Powell receives the President’s “E” Award for excellence in Export Service from the Secretary of Commerce

Westward expansion in Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans, Seattle and Los Angeles

Acquisition of Damco Maritime USA NVOCC operations from the Royal Nedlloyd Group

CH Powell is the first customs broker to qualify for electronic reporting of export data through a private system

CH Powell becomes a certified member of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT)

Tandem Global Logistics is established as a worldwide transportation network with CH Powell as Co-Founder, Brand owner, and Equity partner

CH Powell transacts a series of freight forwarder acquisitions in the Northeast and Gulf markets

CH Powell Company celebrates its Centennial anniversary, committed to continued supply chain stewardship and innovation

CH Powell selected by “World’s Greatest!...” TV Series as one of the World's Greatest logistics and customs brokerage companies


To be known as global experts at moving and clearing goods safely, timely, compliantly, and reliably - valued by companies who appreciate the role of forwarding and clearance expertise.


Our mission is central to all we do

  • To provide...

    expert information, technology and services that result in safe and dependable supply movement.

  • To demonstrate...

    value by facilitating efficient and compliant supply chain solutions that minimize disruptions to our customers' businesses and enhance their competitive advantage.

  • To deliver…

    the highest level of customer service by being the best personal communicators in our industry.

  • To create…

    a safe work environment where industry experts thrive personally and professionally.


Our Leadership

Since our founding in 1919, leadership at CH Powell has built our corporate structure around communication, compliance, quality, and resilience to meet our clients’ needs. Our operating framework is designed to develop and deliver best-in-class processes within and across service functions.

Executive Leadership


Geoff Powell


David Powell

Vice President

Robert Powell

Vice President

Steven Powell

Vice President

Andrew Powell

Vice President

Ben Powell

Functional Leadership

Director - Export Forwarding & Export Compliance

Joyce Blackburn

Director - Import Clearance

Gerald Bresnihan

Director - Ocean Transportation

Ted van den Eijkhoff

Director - Air Transportation

Denis Hunt

Director – Information Technology

Leonard Galinsky

Director - Human Resources

Katie Hamilton

Director - Administration

Dwight Heiman

Director - Accounting

Pawan Rimal


Fourth-Generation Family Business

Providing personalized, professional services to facilitate international trade for more than a century.

A World Class Team

Long-term partnership with our exceptional employees creates reliable, foundational partnerships with valued clients.

Leadership in Regulatory Compliance

Actively representing the trade and our clients at all levels of policy formulation and best practice.

Enterprise Technology Solutions

Here to help you move smarter and faster, no matter where you are on the technology curve.

Accessible & Adaptive

Relationships are key to our business, and we believe in being the best personal communicators in the industry.

A Global Company

Valued global capabilities and owned assets with localized expertise and care.

Leverage a century’s worth of experience and industry leadership.