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Steve Chard

President and CEO

ASF Logistics

Steven began his career in the United Kingdom working for a leading freight forwarder before moving to Contship Containerlines in 1987 as Senior Line Manager for U.S. Trades. Following the acquisition of Contship Containerlines by CP Ships, Steven moved to Tampa Florida in 1999 as Vice President of Commercial. Steven left CP Ships in 2006 following the sale to Hapag Lloyd and accepted a position with ASF Logistics in Mobile Alabama.


ASF Logistics was established in Mobile AL in 1976, and originally began operations providing forwarding services to the local lumber community. ASF has steadily built extensive relationships with companies in this sector, and now serves customers of all sizes, including some of the largest national forest product companies in the U.S.


The ownership of the business changed in the early 2000’s and through a successful diversification plan ASF has expanded in terms of both commodity and geographic scope with separate divisions handling Export (ASF Logistics), Import (ASF Global) and Intermodal (ASF Intermodal).


ASF Group has grown from a small regional forwarder/NVOCC in Mobile AL to a significant full service logistics provider employing over 145 full time staff and 480 contract drivers operating from 15 dedicated facilities throughout the U.S. and Asia.  


While ASF now handles a broad spectrum of commodities in both import and export markets, ASF remains a leading transport carrier in the forestry industry and has in-depth knowledge and experience in handling all commodities within the forestry business including logs, lumber, pulp, paper, liner board, and engineered wood products.


Steven holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Cranfield University which is consistently ranked as a center for excellence in this field and is a member of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. 


Conference Session 4: Wood Products and Lumber Panel

Day One

Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

This panel will look at the global production and supply chain for lumber, logs, and wood products and discuss the outlook of this sector. The panel will also discuss the pros and cons of the Softwood Lumber Agreement between the United State and Canada. 

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We are still looking to add the best minds in the industry to the upcoming conference, so contact us if you are interested in presenting. 

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