Who we are

The Freight Club was founded in November 1998 by a group of independent freight forwarders as a non-profit, member-driven organization with the primary objective of bringing together like-minded companies and individuals from all over the world.

The Freight Club looks to stimulate networking between members, establishing and developing mutually beneficial business solutions, while safeguarding the interests of its members.

The Board of Directors supports a non-exclusivity policy that encourages continual membership growth and promotes communal access to global trade routes and worldwide partnerships.

The Freight Club is driven by top professional standards and places the spirit of co-operation at its core. Backed up by our stellar international reputation we strive to build long-lasting professional relationships between clients and provide a first-rate freight forwarding service.

Our Vision

To bring together like-minded individuals from all over the world in a member-driven, non-profit freight forwarding organization based on the principles of mutual co-operation and shared experience.

Our Mission

To promote and nurture the business interests of our members using our friendly, secure network. To build strong, long-lasting relationships between members and to foster those relationships into mutually beneficial business solutions.

The Freight Club started off as a group of like-minded individuals coming together to share knowledge and experience of the international freight forwarding industry.

Our goal has always been to foster and stimulate mutually beneficial relationships between members using a non-profit business model and to promote communal access to global trade routes and worldwide partnerships.

This has been the foundation on which The Freight Club has built its reputation and will remain at the core of how we do business.

Benefits of joining The Freight Club

Our Vision is to see the other members, knowing you personally and not only for the business opportunities and our “mission” is to make it possible and real.

  • Formed in 1998 by a group of freight professionals, as a not for profit organisation.
  • Successful annual networking conference.
  • The membership are shareholders and owners of the network.
  • Full time secretary based in Miami.
  • Exclusivity of membership with limit of one member per country with the exception of larger territories.
  • Interactive website and forum exclusive to members.
  • Not the largest network, but quality membership.
  • Long term membership creates friendships and bonds of trust giving added financial security.
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Board of Directors

Mr. Sean Sandford, President

Sandford Freight (United Kingdom)

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Sean has worked in the Freight Forwarding Industry for over 40 years. He formed Sandford Freight Limited in Ireland in 1973 and then Sandford Freight UK in London Heathrow in 1998.

Sean is a former President of the Irish International Freight Association and an honorary Fellow of the Association. He also was a President of the Irish Air Cargo Institute, Former board member of the local Chamber of Commerce, and past member of the Turkish /Irish business association . He also served a term as District Governor for Ireland for Lions International.

Sean is married has 4 children and 2 grandchildren, and in his spare time he enjoys boating, golfing and is a keen philatelist.

Mr Doug Carlson

Branson International (Canada)

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Doug started in the industry in his early 20’s at Burlington Air Express working on their overnight package service.

At 27, Doug was recruited to SCAC Transport for a Sales position which lasted 3 months until he was offered the Branch Manager position. In 1996, Doug setup Branson International Inc.

Doug learned that running a company is not only driven by bottom line results but relationships with customers, vendors, agents etc. which led to the success he has had at Branson and their 2004 expansion to Vancouver BC.

Branson provide general freight forwarding services and for the last 10 years have been very involved in the mining and special projects industry.

Doug and Branson international are members of IATA, CIFFA, FIATA and are an Approved Participant with Transport Canada.

Branson employ 12 people which they plan to expand in the very near future.

Mr John Sampson

New Direx (United States)

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John Sampson founded New Direx, Inc. in 1993 where he owns and operates the business from his New York office. New Direx specializes in concierge freight forwarding and customs brokerage. The company has its OTI, IATA and customs brokerage licenses. The greatest strength of the company is in its worldwide network of agents. John expanded the business in 2005 by opening an office and warehouse in Los Angeles, California.

New Direx handles diverse items such as liquid helium, high-value, time-sensitive electronics, entertainment cargo, specialty steel, designer clothing and much more.

John is married to Julie and they have two children. In his spare time John enjoys running, hiking, sushi and Big 10 NCAA collegiate wrestling.