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Benefits of being a CRSA Member

One collaborative retail association. A world of benefits.

Better service. Improved efficiencies. Economies of scale.

  • Retailer driven: CRSA is managed by and for Canadian retail focused companies
  • Guaranteed LCL shipment frequency: any volume, every port, every week
  • Guaranteed vessel space: containers do not roll, even during peak seasons
  • P.O. tracking and tracing: system designed by and for retail focused companies, customizable to your needs
  • Vendor management: assistance with vendor compliance at origin
  • Simplified administration: CRSA one-stop service manages imports based on your company’s processes and requirements
  • Streamlined billing & freight audit: single comprehensive billing processes and a rigorous invoice audit program
  • Transparent rate structure: member companies see and pay ocean freight costs directly from carriers
  • Control: direct participation in network management and strategy creation, as well as ocean carrier selection
  • Variable pricing structure: pay for services based only on the actual volume shipped

Valuable savings, discounts and rebates

As a CRSA Member, you’ll save from 10 to 20 percent on ocean and import logistics services, through program features such as:

  • Purchasing/procurement power: by combining multiple retailers’ volumes, you save on ocean freight, origin logistics services, domestic freight and transload services
  • LCL at FCL rates: The CRSA purchases ocean freight at full container rates and then prorates those FCL charges to create LCL rates – a dramatic reduction from normal LCL rate structures
  • Discounts & rebates: CRSA Members receive discounts and rebates based on group profit sharing arrangements and creative drayage and ACI transmission programs
  • Domestic logistics savings: intermodal services reduce Canadian transport costs while DC bypass options reduce store delivery timelines, inventory holding costs and logistics expense

Compare and save

Consider how CRSA costs and services stack up:



Total cost

Volume buy




LCL at FCL rates

Ocean carrier selection

Ocean service levels

IT Systems

Generally 10-20% cheaper than non-CRSA Member costs

Rates based on combined CRSA Member volumes, rather than single customer volumes

Rates fixed for one year, instead of fluctuating quarterly

Rates all inclusive – never subject to surcharges (PSS, BAF, CAF)

Directly contracted ocean rates plus fully transparent transactional management fee

In-house consolidation and pays prorated FCL rates based on LCL shipment size

Members choose ocean carriers and don't simply use an intermediary's contracted carriers

Capacity guarantees directly from ocean carriers

PO management system customized for retailers, not generic systems



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