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OCEAN FREIGHT

Keeping your Supply Chain moving through global waters.

We are international Ocean cargo experts, professional service providers, and your Canadian Freight Forwarder.

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OCEAN FREIGHT

Whether it’s one container a month or dozens per day, our Ocean Freight Forwarding team has a solution for you. Our network of Tier 1 partners gives you the best rates on every shipment – we even go a step further and provide a full suite of pickup and delivery services. Whatever the size, shape and frequency of your cargo, there’s a Sealion Ocean expert for you.

Why Sealion?

  • Guaranteed space with 3, 6, and 12 month rate contracts
  • PO Management, Import / Export Documentation and other 360 solutions
  • Buyers Consolidation services
  • Tier 1 Rates with global carriers
  • Quick and efficient Customs Clearance in Canada and internationally
  • Hazardous materials – IMO DG Certified Specialists
FCL, LCL, Blocking and Bracing

Beyond moving thousands of containers at a time, we’re also experts at securing your cargo for the voyage.

Cold Chain

Whether Fresh Produce, Seafood or Wine & Spirit logistics, our cold-chain experts will move your product across continents without interruption.

Project Cargo and Breakbulk

From jet engines to mining rigs and windmills, we’ve moved equipment worth millions over air, land, and sea.

Door to Door Cargo Handling

Regardless if DDP, CIF, or any other INCO Term – our skilled team of Ocean Freight experts have your back.

ocean freight Team

PAOLA SUAREZ

Operations Manager

Paola is a natural problem-solver with a knack for customer service. She has a deep understanding of International Transport, Customs Brokerage, and is educated in Trade Law. We often (accurately) brag that we have one of the best Operations Managers in the industry. When you need someone to navigate multi-jurisdictional and multi-party disputes, Paola is the Sealion team member you want in your corner.

Before joining Sealion, Paola’s accomplishments were already lofty. She started in meat and produce trading before moving to the glitzy world of beer, wine, and spirit logistics. She now takes a hands-on approach leading our team of Logistics Specialists. When she’s enjoying time away from the office you’ll find her in yoga class, dancing salsa and cranking the latest Latin beats.

Additional Expertise

  • Air Freight

Paola is the resource we all count on to ensure that air freight compliance procedures are followed day in and day out. Extremely hands on, you’ll find her constantly checking Flight Status’ to initiate Import Clearance Procedures as soon as cargo is airborne.

Customs Brokerage
Paola is a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) and takes lead on coordinating Customs Brokerage, Duty Drawbacks, ATA Carnet Certificates, and Remanifests. She also guides our team’s preparation of Export Documentation, Certificates of Origin (COO), and Export Declarations.

ocean freight Team

Fernanda SILVA

Commercial Analyst

If you’ve ever met Fernanda, you’ll know her brilliant energy and problem-solving skills make her at home on the Sealion team.  Her passion for building relationships ensures our customers secure the best rates with our shipping partners.

Fernanda’s epitomizes the Sealion way.  Her customer-first focus creates tailored solutions and the best value for every international shipment.  This is also why she now leads the development of Sealion’s fast-growing South American Trade Lane.

She combines professionalism with a fun, life of the party energy.  If your Trade Conference is cranked up to 11 – it’s a good bet Fernanda turned the dial.


Additional Expertise

  • Air Freight

Fernanda is our Commercial Analyst responsible for Commercial and Freighter Services cargo.  She finds the most effective transit solutions and negotiates specific Chargeable Weight Rates for you.  In addition, Fernanda works closely with our global partners to identify when land-air and sea-air will provide better value to our customers.

  • Rubican

With Rubican’s Trade Services and Market Development tools at her fingertips, Fernanda is actively engaged in identifying opportunities for Canadian companies seeking international growth.  A natural connector, she’s a true deal closer that will help your business establish a presence in new target markets.

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Alexandre Vieira

Commercial Supervisor

After running a fast-paced transportation company in South America, Alexandre moved to Canada and joined the Sealion team.

Today he leads Sealion’s Commercial Department where his entrepreneurial skills find efficient solutions to keep your freight moving. This allows him to personalize customer service while continuing to negotiate competitive freight rates, saving your company time and money. Alexandre’s sharp analytic skills are equally matched by his brilliant sense of humor and karaoke talent – something he never lets us forget.

Additional Expertise

  • Project Cargo

From Flatracks to BreakBulk, Alexandre is an expert at planning Project Cargo moves from permitting through to execution. At Sealion he has executed dozens of projects with cargo values into the millions of dollars. Whether moving by Air, Ocean, Rail, or all 3, his philosophy for Project Cargo remains “the simpler, the better”.

  • Customs
Alexandre aids our diverse customer base in Rating, ATA Carnet certificates and Export Permits. He excels at forecasting CBSA import duties and especially enjoys handing duty drawbacks cheques to Sealion customers. Supported by our global partners, he takes lead on Sealion’s international clearance activities in over 150 countries around the globe.

  • Warehousing
Sealion offers a robust network of 3rd party warehousing across Canada, including bonded facilities. Alexandre has negotiated specific contracts for retail, direct-to-consumer, and commodity warehousing with our partners. It’s more work overseeing several specialized warehouses, but the end result is your freight being at the right place at the right time.

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JOSE MALDONADO

Business Development Manager

Winner of the “Making the Impossible, Possible” award, Jose is a natural leader and your logistics champion at Sealion.  An innate solution creator, he excels at executing last-minute shipping projects.  His vast experience in Freight Forwarding, specifically in Large Volume Commodities, becomes your competitive advantage.

Do you need to:

  • Secure capacity?
  • Create new trade routes?
  • Negotiate better shipping rates?

Jose will roll up his sleeves and help the Sealion team grow your business.  Anything logistics, he’s your guy.

Additional Expertise

  • Ocean Freight

Jose knows container shipping inside and and out.  Having spent years as an Account Manager for one of the worlds largest carriers he knows all the challenges -and the hidden opportunities.  Supported by our Commercial Analysts and Freight Specialists, Jose speaks tons, metric tons, and TEU’s of international trade.

  • Refrigerated Cargo

Jose started his refrigeration journey at one of the largest ocean carriers where he moved 1000’s of TEU on dozens of Trade Lanes.  Today, he accesses an arsenal of carriers and hundreds of Trade Lanes – opening new opportunities to move your refrigerated cargo faster and on the most dependable routings.

  • Distribution and Warehousing

Jose understands how widely Distribution and Warehousing challenges can vary.  That’s why Jose works closely with our customers and warehousing partners to choose the right facility for your supply chain.

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Ashlee MA

Commercial Analyst

Ashlee is precise.  If you need cargo re-routed, a destination changed, or simply want to explore new international shipping options, Ashlee will get it done.  A multimodal Freight Specialist, she handles it all: Air, Ocean, Ground, Import, Export. 

After gaining experience at a large ocean-carrier, she joined Sealion’s team because she loves the challenge of creating customized solutions for Canadian businesses.  A self-proclaimed nerd and master of disguise, Stan Lee would be proud of her vast knowledge and costuming skills.

Additional Expertise

  • Ocean Freight

Ashlee started her Logistics career working for a global ocean carrier and then moved to one of Canada’s largest LCL co-loaders. It’s why she’s well suited to creating optimal Ocean Freight solutions for both LCL and FCL.  When you’re unsure which to book – Ashlee will find the solution.

  • Trucking

For some it just comes natural. Ashlee’s extremely adept at coordinating reservation and pick-up of dryvans, flatdecks, and container drayage.  She’s also our Expedited Bookings expert and can be relied on to get the correct conveyance in place – and on time.

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DARREL SOAREs

Freight Specialist

Darrel is a Specialist in Ocean Freight and Large Volume accounts. When you need an expert in South Asia or the Middle East, Darrel is your pro.  Having spent years working in this dynamic region he confidently guides clients shipments through this global hub.

At Sealion, Darrel is known for his patience, empathy, and meticulous attention to detail in each transaction. His sense of humor and love of music goes a long way in making him an easily approachable and supportive team member.  With years of experience and a positive attitude, you’ll find him to be your perfect shipping partner.

  • Ocean 

Darrel is our Operations Specialist for large volume Ocean Exports.  He typically oversees bookings with dozens of containers each for customers that require 1000’s of TEU in a year.  Coordinating Bookings, Container Pick-up, Scaling, Documentation and Export Filings, Darrel has turned managing this process into an art-form.

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Lorena Navarrete

Freight Specialist

Lorena is our multi-tool.  She has excelled in various capacities at Sealion Cargo and is a leading mind behind our embrace of technology.  Most recently she has helped many of our clients in her role as an International Freight Specialist.

Lorena’s proactive nature means issues are solved well before they become a problem – a core element of Sealion’s Freight Forwarding service.  The pace of her work and intense attention to detail is only surpassed by the speed of her speech.  All we can say is that if you want to keep up, bring your A game. She does every day!


Additional Expertise

  • Air Freight 

Lorena coordinates both regular and dangerous goods airfreight to get cargo to its destination on time.  She is experienced at managing bookings with co-loaders, charter flights and commercial airlines.  Working directly with SME Freight Coordinators and Canadian Entrepreneurs, Lorena is your pro at ensuring compliance and safe carriage. 

  • Refrigerated Cargo

It’s not everyday that somebody starts their Logistics Career with Refrigerated Cargo but there’s no stopping Lorena’s cool ambition.  She cut her teeth quickly and two years later she’s a key member of our Air and Ocean cold-chain team.  As a Freight Specialist she understands the importance of quickly clearing customs, CFIA inspections, and ultimately getting your produce to market in peak condition.

ocean freight Team

YAN Zhang

Freight Specialist

Sometimes the pinch-hitter becomes your star – that’s our Yan.  Brought on board to help out during a leave of absence, she became a critical Sealion Operations Team member within days.  Four years later she’s still blowing the socks off everyone.

Her direct, efficient style ensures each project she works on is meticulously planned.  When you work with her on an International Cargo shipment, you can trust the project will be completed with swift precision and care.  Her intense work ethic is matched only by her ability to conquer the fiercest of hot sauces – we dare you to keep up.

Additional Expertise

  • Air Freight

An IATA DG Certified professional, Yan makes Air Freight happen.  She’s an expert tactician that can get premium Okanagan Cherries to 5-star restaurants in China or metric tons of garments from Myanmar to Canadian Retailers.  With over 10 years experience preparing air freight for carriage, you can rely on her for expedited solutions.

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Winnie Cheung

Freight Specialist

With 3 languages, Winnie personifies Sealion’s diversity.  One of our IMO Dangerous Goods certified professionals, she’s meticulous with any and all cargo.  Winnie has spent over 16 years in the Shipping industry and has become a pro at creating innovative solutions for Sealion’s customers. 

Her cool, calm and collected attitude means you’re getting one of the shipping industry’s top professionals – all with Sealion’s personal touch.  If you ever get the chance, stop by our office on Halloween to see why she continues winning Best Costume in our office.

Additional Expertise

  • Ocean Freight


Winnie is an IMO DG certified Ocean Freight expert with over 15 years experience on both sides of the Pacific.  An exceptional manager, she understands the importance of monitoring each shipment’s progress.  From loading, through trans-shipment, to container devanning, you can trust her to keep you informed at critical moments to ensure a smooth operation.

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Mark Kolodziejski

Freight Specialist

With Sealion since Day 1, some say Mark will haunt our office long after he’s gone.  An experienced Logistics Specialist, his diverse background includes Ocean Freight, Ground, Air and Rail.  Since discovering a love for Out of Gauge (OOG) cargo at Sealion, he has handled hundreds of shipments for the mining industry and large Canadian manufacturers.  Today he proudly leads our growing Oversized Project Cargo division.

Before joining Sealion, Mark spent several years working as a Logistics Coordinator in the UK.  Now he uses his British Charm to fight for Sealion clients’ best interests.  A true customer-service professional, he loves putting a plan together and delivering on-time and on-budget. 

Additional Expertise

  • Project Cargo

Mark is our resident Project Cargo Specialist. Working with Alexandre and Christopher, Mark takes lead on coordinating the physical manoeuvres along each segment from pick-up to sign-off. Whether loaded on an air freighter, rolled onto a RORO vessel, or hoisted to the deck of an ocean carrier, Mark has the required skillset and steady hand to secure delivery confirmations free of remarks.

  • Trucking

Prior to Sealion, Mark worked in liquid bulk and DG ground transportation dispatch. He credits this atypical start in the Canadian Trucking Market with developing the attention to detail he is known for today.  Mark coordinates LTL, FTL loads, and Container Drayage. 

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Sini Törnström

Commercial Analyst

Sini excels at International Logistics.  While working with leading ocean-carriers in Canada and Europe, she completed a Master of Management in Logistics & Supply Chain Management(MoM).  What does this mean for our customers?  You get her full spectrum of knowledge and experience combined with Sealion’s industry-leading customer care.

Whether shipping refrigerated goods, spare parts, or cosmetics - Sini is all about finding the optimal solution for her clients' supply chain.  As an avid equestrian, cyclist, and fitness enthusiast, she always has the energy to go the extra mile for our shippers.

  • Ocean Freight

Sini is a triple threat in Ocean Freight.  She’s worked for a global carrier, done inside sales at a large European Forwarder and now creates custom solutions for Sealion customers.  Using her industry insider knowledge, she finds the sweet spot between rates and transit times. 

  • Refrigerated Cargo

Sini loves the challenge of perishable logistics. In fact, it’s the first thing we learned about her!  As part of our Commercial team, she understands that commodities’ requirements extend beyond temperature.  Shipping refrigerated cargo both to and from Canada, Sini is able to navigate regulatory requirements and clearances to ensure your produce arrives fresh and on time.

Keeping supply chains cool runs through Sini’s Nordic blood

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