The powerful logistics network connecting trusted partners across Africa and the world

  • More business generated …guaranteed
  • Pre-screening of members guarantees quality and trust
  • 25 years experience on all Africa corridors
  • Assistance with global business development
  • Tight knit community of strong local heroes

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Empowering our members to take important steps into a digital freight forwarding future!

  • Advanced visibility tool
  • Freight rates published
  • Live schedules of all shipping lines
  • Real time quotations
  • Planning & execution

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CrossTrades OBL, a tight-knit community

CrossTrades OBL is the trusted network for Transport & Logistics Professionals who share the same vision; offering a high quality, trustworthy service while moving cargo in a sometimes very challenging and competitive environment.

The main focus of the network is to facilitate partnerships and to connect the best companies (local heroes) within the global transport and logistics industry.

Last year we merged the CrossTrades network with the Ocean Bridge Lines network, which means we now have a combined force of more than 100 partners and 260 offices worldwide.

At CrossTrades OBL we strongly believe in the future development of Africa. Specifically we are ‘opening up’ Africa by building a network of trust to make it more accessible for companies who want to do business there.


Our members feel great about the CrossTrades network; here are some of the things they tell us they feel great about:

  • A managed network, 24/7 support

  • Central Purchase Management of seafreight rates

  • Advanced digital freight platform

  • Africa focus and in-depth knowledge of the African corridors

  • Legal Advice

  • Worldwide Covergae

  • Pre-qualification of members create a network of trust

  • Organization of annual conferences

  • Non-exclusive network, complete freedom for business development

  • Referral system: enjoy future membership credit by introducing the network to qualified companies


If you don’t generate new business through the network, while being an active member, we will help you find out why, and we’ll work with you to get results. You will remain our member for FREE until you do secure extra business thanks to being part of the CrossTrades OBL network.

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  • The founder’s expertise with the Chinese market creates new opportunities for us. As soon as we joined the CrossTrades network we immediately developed some mutual business with potential for larger volumes in the future.
    Paul Bletterman
    Kenfreight EA Ltd Group of Companies Mombasa - Kenya
  • Thanks to the CrossTrades network we find trustworthy partners to handle our shipments and deliver them in a safe and secure way to their final destination, no matter how far inland.
    Mike Tao
    Managing Director
    Syntrans International Logistics Co., Ltd Shanghai - China
  • Joining CrossTrades enabled Gosselin to be part of a network of independent professionals, able to forward a shipment from 1kg to over 100 MT, by air and by sea to almost any place in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    Philippe Van Schoor
    Africa Development
    Gosselin Forwarding Antwerp - Belgium

Worldwide Network Coverage

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A network of trust.

Known within their particular markets as specialists, all CrossTrades OBL members have a strong local and/or regional presence, offering a very high quality service.

We continuously work on selecting the right members/partners for our network. Every company applying for a membership is carefully checked, to ensure that only the best companies are admitted. Consequently you have the security that you are only dealing with financially sound agents.

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2021 CrossTrades OBL Members Meeting

28-31 March 2021, Bangkok, Thailand

Join us at our annual members meeting in Bangkok for three days of presentations, one to one meetings and exciting networking.

Social Responsibility

At CrossTrades we believe that every business has the power to change lives by integrating giving into its everyday business activities. We’ve made this happen through our Partnership with The Innovation Lab Schools, a Koen Timmers initiative, in collaboration with the Jane Goodall institutes for education. The Innovation Lab Schools offer a free, quality education to 1 million students in Africa.

We support Innovation Lab Schools with a contribution for every new member that joins the network.


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Please fill in the contact box below and we will get in touch with you within 24 hours to discuss the details of the membership levels.

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