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Carl Varner

Fornazor International

Vice President-Logistics

Carl Varner is the Vice President of Logistics for Fornazor International, Inc.

Carl is a 28-year industry veteran whose career path has taken him from the Marine Corps to the Mail Room at Maersk Inc in 1995 to VP of Logistics for Fornazor Intl today. During his 7-year run with Maersk, he went from the Mail Room to pricing and then to outside Sales in the NY Region. In 2002, he took advantage of an opportunity to switch sides and join the Fornazor companies. He has been with Fornazor for over 20 years and during his tenure was credited with the introduction of two new independent companies, Tradewinds International (NVOCC) and Bergen Logistics (FWDR). Carl’s core responsibility today is to bring a 3PL approach (evaluating new options for ocean, truck, rail and transloading) to the traditional Fornazor supply chain. He also oversees a team that handles the company’s carrier relations, pricing and contracting.

Carl has been married to his HS sweetheart Carla for over Thirty-Two years and has three daughters and one son and recently a Grand Daughter. In his free time, he enjoys Church, swimming, cycling and running. His motto is, “let’s go for a run.” 

Sessions With Carl Varner

Monday, 27 February

  • 04:40pm - 05:25pm (PST) / 28/feb/2023 12:40 am - 28/feb/2023 01:25 am

    The Outbound Supply Chain: Exporters Sound Off on Challenges and Opportunities

    After two years of unprecedented port congestion and inland transportation bottlenecks caused by the 2020-2022 US import surge, exporters of agricultural products and other commodities are reporting fewer delays in moving their shipments from interior locations to seaports now that the import surge has subsided. Equipment availability also is improving, and some exporters report that space on outbound vessels is opening up. Now that carrier on-time performance has improved, congestion at interior rail hubs is diminishing and chassis availability is less of a problem, what lessons did exporters learn during the COVID years that will assist them in collaborating with shipping lines, railroads, and intermodal equipment providers to build mutually beneficial transportation programs? Will the proliferation of near-dock yards for temporary storage of inbound and outbound containers continue to have a positive impact on port fluidity? Also, with the Federal Maritime Commission appearing ready to increase its oversight of ocean and inland transportation, should exporters anticipate expedited responses to their complaints involving detention and demurrage charges? This session, featuring large and small exporters, will answer these and other questions amid the latest new shipping cycle.