Consolidate Volume
We consolidate members’ shipping volume to leverage global ocean container contracts. Members receive optimized shipping advantages and get rewarded for shipments
Fixed Pricing
Budget with confidence. Stable, competitive, and fixed annual rates. Fast transit times and confidential global ocean contracts with top tier carrier partners.
Member Rewards Program
Annual member reward dividend paid based upon program participation levels. No annual membership fee.
Support
Understanding and meeting member needs is a top priority. Commitment to excellence and personal service makes us unmatched in the shipping industry.
Industry Experience
Your TOYSA management team has 100+ years of cumulative industry experience. We hire the best and empower them to do great work.
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  • Consolidate Volume
  • Fixed Pricing
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  • Support
  • Industry Experience

What our members are saying?

  • Jakks Pacific
    Giovanni Cervantes - Vice President of International Logistics
    jakks "We have partnered with TOYSA for many years. Although there are hundreds of service providers offering similar services, we find TOYSA to be the best fit for our company. We have been able to realize significant savings over the years using TOYSA’s ocean contracts. It is important for our company to have direct access to the ocean carriers. TOYSA provides this access without us having to sign our own ocean contracts. TOYSA’s management team is extremely knowledgeable and responds to our inquiries in a timely manner. In a period where so many companies fail to deliver, it is a pleasure to see that TOYSA still understands the true meaning of customer service. Our partnership with TOYSA is one that we truly value."
  • Playmates International Company Limited
    Ms. Amy Ko - Director of Operations
    playmates"We would like to take this opportunity to recommend TOYSA as a great partner. We’ve been a proud TOYSA member since 1992. Access to a great network of steamships lines that deliver high quality service adds value to our membership. We are never disappointed by the expectations we place on TOYSA to deliver competitive rates and services. Their prompt attention to our needs has resulted in a trusted partnership which ultimately allows us to better serve our customers. For these reasons, I highly recommend TOYSA as a partner."
  • TOMY
    Scott Sampson - VP of Logistics & Distribution
    tomy"I have been working with TOYSA for over 20 years and they have been a perfect match for TOMY International, Inc. By having TOYSA negotiate our ocean freight rates, our operations group has more time to focus on managing our business. Operating in a global market is a major challenge as there is constant pressure on costs and margins. TOYSA provides my company with freight savings that goes directly to the bottom line. In addition to the freight savings, we have received hundreds of thousands of dollars from TOYSA’S annual refunds. Another benefit that is very important to me is the contracts with the ocean carriers are with TOYSA and they handle all the negotiations. The constant pressure from the carriers to increase rates is always handled to my satisfaction with TOYSA. I could not be more pleased with TOYSA. They are a major asset in our efforts to sustain a competitive advantage."

Cincinnati Office

(513) 489-7730

About Us

  • Toy Shippers Association has been a leading logistics voice in the shipping industry since 1990. We are not shipowners, but transportation executives who work closely with an extensive portfolio of global and regional carriers. Our primary goal is to provide ocean freight savings for our members. Our success lies in our reputation, experience, influence and results. We emphasize building relationships with our members. These relationships are built on trust and collaboration ultimately leading to information that allows our members to make better decisions.

    A flexible and responsive supply chain is vital to sustaining a competitive advantage and profitable growth in a global economy. The shipping solutions facilitated by TOYSA not only improves your total supply chain performance, it creates stability that delivers consistent value to your customers and stakeholders. Our size allows us to provide a competitive advantage and maintain strong customer relations with our customers. As a result, we are more flexible and adjust faster to market conditions than our competitors.
  • Membership in TOYSA is free and open to all shippers. TOYSA’s original commodity focus was primarily toys and related products. As the container shipping industry changed over the years, so did we. TOYSA expanded the commodity focus to include a wide range of products. Unless your commodity is unique, it will be covered under TOYSA’s commodity description. The size of your company does not matter to TOYSA. Members range in size from shipping one container to members shipping thousands of containers on an annual basis.
  • TOYSA is a not-for-profit association as required by the Federal Maritime Commission. Any funds in excess of operating expenses are reviewed by TOYSA’s Board of Directors. Upon approval from the board, individual refund checks are sent to TOYSA members.

    The more the individual member participates, the greater the membership reward. Individual member rewards can vary on an annual basis from a few hundred dollars to over $100,000. Not only are TOYSA members saving on their ocean freight, they are benefiting from a innovative revenue stream.

    We are proud of the fact that TOYSA members have received over $15 million in refunds since 1990. No other international shippers’ association can make this claim.

  • The shipping industry continues to evolve at a very fast pace. Some of the changes have proved to be beneficial for shippers while some have not. The one area of change that has proved to be disastrous for shippers is carrier support. As a way to cut costs, carriers have been steadily eliminating sales and sales support positions. Only the very largest shippers have special support teams assigned to their accounts to resolve issues. Because of our combined volume and relationships with our carriers, we have these same special support teams assigned to our account. If a member is experiencing an issue, we elevate it to the appropriate carrier support team for a fast resolution. The majority of the issues are resolved the same day or within 24 hours. Our job is to make participating in TOYSA a stress-free process. No more 1-800 numbers to get customer service. We spend the time resolving the issue so members can focus on growing their business.

How does it work?

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Our Team

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Jeff Bergmann

Managing Director

Jeff Bergmann

Jeff has spent the last 25 years building member relationships and negotiating international freight contracts for TOYSA. Prior to focusing on shipper association management, Jeff worked in logistics for Andrew Jergens and Kenner Products. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BS in Accounting and resides in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.
Debbie Crowe

Debbie Crowe

Manager of Member Services

Debbie Crowe

Debbie has been involved in international trade since 1986 and has served as the Manager of Member Services for the Toy Shippers Association since 1990. Debbie is responsible for member recruitment, customer service, rate requests, data management and contract amendments. Debbie has also worked in logistics for Kenner Products.
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Rebecca Rice

Manager of Member Relations

Rebecca Rice

Rebecca joined TOYSA in September 2014 as the Manager of Member Relations. The majority of her time is spent addressing the needs of existing and potential TOYSA members as well as contract amendments and carrier communications. She has over 26 years in the International Transportation Industry. The majority of that time was spent at OOCL (USA) Inc., in the sales and operations departments. She has an extensive knowledge of sales administration, account management and customer relations. Spent about 4 years at North Atlantic Alliance Association, Inc., responsible for all the customer service related issues, as well as the liaison for all members and ocean carriers.
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Greg Marti

Director of Marketing and Member Development

Greg Marti

Greg Marti is the Director of Marketing and Member Development for the Toy Shippers Association (TOYSA), based in Milford, Ohio. TOYSA was formed in 1991 as a not-for-profit association to represent companies involved in international trade with the help of the Toy Industry Association (TIA). Mr. Marti joined TOYSA in 2006 after working in Sales and Sales Management positions with Maersk Line and Orient Overseas Container Line collectively for 22 years. Greg is a graduate of Ashland University with a BS in Business Administration.
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Craig Akers

Director of Operations

Craig Akers

Craig has 10 years experience in the shipping industry focusing on international supply chain solutions. He is responsible for setting the direction of the company and making sure that major organizational objectives are achieved. Also a visionary, he explores and identifies new technology and shipping solutions for international shippers. Craig is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor degree in Information Engineering Technology and an Associates degree in Computer Science.

Partners

TOYSA has negotiated contracts with top tier ocean carriers servicing the global market. While our primary focus is on cargo moving from Asia to the United States, our contracts provide coverage to and from every major port in the world. We recognize not every container requires the fastest transit time. Our contracts provide the right balance of service routes that best fits the needs of our members.
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Carriers

APL
APL
CMA CGM
CMA CGM
Evergreen
Evergreen
Hyundai
Hyundai
Hamburg Sud
Hamburg Sud
Kline
Kline
Maersk
Maersk
Matson
Matson
Mitsui
Mitsui
NYK
NYK
OOCL
OOCL
US Lines
US Lines
Wan Hai
Wan Hai
Cargo Insurance

Cargo Insurance

If you need insurance for your cargo, TOYSA provides a solution through Roanoke Insurance Group. Since 1935, Roanoke has been proving its leadership in meeting transportation and supply chain insurance needs. Insurance and bonds for domestic transit, international transit, marine cargo, property, liability, stock-throughput and project cargo include many technical and practical distinctions. Risk managers require highly strategic coverage and claims responsiveness in these areas, and Roanoke’s solutions have stood the test of time.
NVO - Laufer

Fowarder / Customs Broker

For over 60 years, Laufer Group International Ltd. has established a complete logistics and service platform that helps customers improve the way they handle their logistics. TOYSA members have access to Laufer’s full suite of services at reduced pricing including customs brokerage, airfreight, consolidation and LCL services.

Toy Industry Association

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TOYSA has enjoyed its affiliation with the Toy Industry Association (TIA) since 1990. TIA’s more than 900 members account for approximately 90%
TIA has a long history of leadership in toy safety, including responsibility for the development of the first comprehensive toy safety standard. TIA members and staff continue to work with government officials, consumer groups and industry leaders on ongoing programs to ensure safe play.
TIA serves as the industry’s advocate on legislative and trade issues; enhances the image and growth of the industry by promoting toy products at its trade shows and events, in the media, and via other means; and fosters philanthropy to children via the Toy Industry Foundation and its Toy Bank.