About The International FORCE Group

"Creating International Ties Between Cargo Experts for the Pursuit Of Excellence In The Freight Forwarding Industry"



FORCE, or Freight Organization of Related Cargo Experts, is a world-wide association of independent freight forwarders, providing multimodal global transportation and logistics services. Established in 1982 the network has continually attracted quality growth to it's membership year on year, representing and increasing its presence in all major markets.

It was founded back in 1982, when six freight forwarders from Europe, America and Africa met in New York. At that first meeting it was decided to develop an international network of independent, compatible freight forwarders, which would work together for both company and customer benefit. The next meeting took place in Paris in the following year, where both the name and logo were adopted. The name FORCE and its original acronym - Family of Related Cargo Experts - embodies the spirit in which these independent companies now continue to work together.

In 1998 FORCE found a home for its full-time secretariat in the UK, becoming a Limited Company under the title of The International FORCE Company Limited, trading as The International FORCE Group. In 2008, the organisation ceased use of theUK based Limited company and now trades merely as "The International FORCE Group".

FORCE members have experienced enormous benefit in meeting other forward-thinking forwarders from around the world at FORCE events, such as the Annual Congress, which has in the past been held in Australia, Mauritius, South Africa, Hong Kong and more recently, Denmark. Here, companies and individuals forge lasting links and friendships, helping to expand their business potential and global representation.

All FORCE members are well established both operationally and financially. They have an excellent reputation both within their country and internationally, and carry out their business with the utmost integrity. The name FORCE embodies the spirit in which the members work together, and is synonymous with their aims and objectives to provide the highest standard of service to customers. It is also an expression of their determination to maintain a powerful influence in the global transportation industry.

FORCE membership guarantees customers of the network a global and multimodal capability, and a reliability second to none for the carriage and handling of their cargo.


Membership Benefits Executive Committee

FORCE Congress locations

  • 2017 Montreal, Canada
  • 2016 Barcelona, Spain
  • 2015 Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2014 Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2013 Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 2012 Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2011 Aukland, New Zealand
  • 2010 Xiamen, China
  • 2009 Hurghada, Egypt
  • 2008 Hyderabad, India
  • 2007 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2006 Dublin, Ireland
  • 2005 Dubai, Uae
  • 2004 Santos, Brazil
  • 2003 Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2002 Sydney, Australia
  • 2001 Port Louis, Mauritius
  • 2000 Paris, France
  • 1999 Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • 1998 Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1997 Como, Italy
  • 1996 Los Angeles, U.S.A.
  • 1995 Casablanca, Morocco
  • 1994 Singapore
  • 1993 Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1992 Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1991 Vienna, Austria
  • 1990 Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1989 Amsterdam, Holland
  • 1988 Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1987 Birmingham, England
  • 1986 Hamburg, Germany
  • 1985 Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • 1984 Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1983 Birmingham, England