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Import / Export Services


  • Licensed Customs Broker
  • International Air & Ocean Freight Forwarding
  • Import Air & Ocean Freight Transportation
  • Domestic Freight Forwarding
  • Air & Marine Cargo Insurance
  • Licensed Dangerous Goods Transportation by Air & Ocean
  • Remote Location Filing
  • Container Freight Station
  • Foreign Trade Zone
  • Local Cartage

W.F. Whelan Company is an ISO 9001:2008 certified international freight forwarder, customhouse broker, foreign trade zone operator and bonded container freight station. Founded in 1974, W.F. Whelan Company has grown to become one of the largest customhouse brokerage firms in the Detroit Metropolitan area as well as an industry leader.

W.F. Whelan Company is able to service your import needs with our experienced, licensed staff in pre-clearance, post entry and international air & ocean freight logistics knowledge. Our import staff is experienced in handling a wide variety of commodities such as; automobiles, automotive parts, textiles, personal effects, wine and rare earth materials. W.F. Whelan Company has the capability to clear shipments at any U.S. port via Remote Location Filing.

W.F. Whelan Company is a full service freight forwarder. We are licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for ocean and air freight forwarding services.We offer exceptional forwarding services to move cargo anywhere worldwide, whether import or export; by land, rail, ocean or air freight.

As the Detroit partner of The United Shipping Association, we are also a licensed non-vessel operating common carrier. Through our network of over 350 offices, this allows us to offer air & ocean cargo consolidations and door-to-door service to and from any destination worldwide.

Our export staff is also licensed and trained in the international transport of dangerous goods by air freight and ocean maritime standards.

Our staff is skilled in handling all your import and export documentation requirements as well as providing cargo insurance for all commodities to or from any destination and origin.