April Zobel

The Andersons Inc.

Manager, Export Traffic

April Zobel is the manager of export traffic for The Andersons Inc., a diversified agricultural company conducting business across North America in the grain, ethanol, plant nutrient, and rail sectors. She oversees the logistics and freight activities for the company’s grain and feeds ingredient export program, a program that exports 100,000 TEU annually. She joined The Andersons upon the company’s January 2019 acquisition of Lansing Trade Group, one of the largest US agricultural exporters. Zobel began her logistics career in 2005 with DHL in Des Moines, Iowa, and subsequently worked for Netflix, MachineryLink Logistics, and Touton USA. She joined Lansing’s export program in 2013 and currently sits on the board of directors on the New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX). She holds a bachelor’s in corporate communication from Simpson College of Indianola.

Sessions With April Zobel

Friday, 26 February

  • 04:15pm - 04:35pm (EST) / 26/feb/2021 09:15 pm - 26/feb/2021 09:35 pm

    Case Studies - Uncovering Shipper Success Stories

    Shipper Perspectives: Finding Creative Export Solutions in the Midst of Turmoil

    Exporters faced a litany of disruptive issues in 2020, as demand for imports and a wide gap in freight rates on the inbound vs. outbound leg created equipment shortages in the interior and a fight for capacity. Even when agricultural and other exporters in the US interior could find their way to the West Coast, congestion and tight capacity meant cargo often didn’t make the ship on which it was booked. Situations like these call for creative, and in some cases, unprecedented, solutions to ensure outbound shipments reached their destination. For the Anderson Cos. that meant changing routing to the East or Gulf Coast on the fly when it was evident that a carrier couldn’t commit to a booking made through Los Angeles-Long Beach. In this session, April Zobel, export traffic manager at The Andersons, will sit down with JOC senior editor Bill Mongelluzzo to discuss the unique challenges exporters faced in 2020, the creative solutions April and her team worked to ensure fluidity, and how the landscape has changed, perhaps forever.