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The Golden State Logistics Story

Delivering reliability for over 25 years.

Built on Service, Reliability, and Transparency

Golden State Logistics was founded in 1996 with the desire to provide top quality customer service in logistics at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

We’re committed to on-time deliveries and predictable performance for your business, supported by a focus on technology uncovering continuous improvement opportunities.

While we move thousands of containers each year, we also maintain a tight-knit culture for our employees and customers through our communication and complete transparency.

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Our Core Values

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Commitment to Quality

We’re dedicated to always providing the top-quality, on-time service your business needs for successful operations.

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Client-Centric Approach

Your goals become our goals. We build relationships and tailor solutions to bring your logistics to a new level.

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Sustainability and Responsibility

We turn our environmental values into action, as one of the first carriers to have electric trucks at the Ports of LA and Long Beach.

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Innovation and Forward Thinking

We believe continuous improvement is the only way to stay competitive, leveraging the latest technology in this pursuit.

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Investment in the Future

With California’s advanced clean fleets rules, we have taken multiple steps to provide sufficient infrastructure and capacity.

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Advancing the Industry

Fred Johring and other executives formed the Harbor Trucking Association to amplify the voice of the industry for positive change.

Leadership Team

Fred Johring
Cecelia Kerwin
Paul Kerwin
Fred Johring, President

Fredrick (Fred) Johring is the President and owner of Golden State Logistics, with more than 40 years experience in the transportation field. He founded Golden State Logistics in 1996 with the purpose of arranging and providing high quality services for the international industry. As the business grew, the focus was placed on port drayage.

He began his career with Union Pacific Railroad in 1969, holding marketing positions in Cincinnati, Omaha, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and as National Marketing Manager for international cargo in San Francisco, CA in 1993.

Fred is a believer in getting involved. He is a member of a number of trade organizations, including Harbor Transportation Club (past president), the Harbor Trucking Association (founder, past president, and current chairman), California Trucking Association, American Trucking Association, and has served as a board member of the Workforce Development Board for the City of Long Beach. He has provided testimony before the U.S. House of Representative Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Federal Maritime Agency, and the U.S. International Trade Commission hearings on the chassis industry.

Education: University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and Cerritos College; AA in Business Administration

Cecelia Kerwin, Vice President of Operations & Sales

As the Vice President of Operations and Sales at Golden State Logistics, Cecelia brings over two decades of experience in the logistics industry to the table. With a keen focus on optimizing drayage operations, Cecelia’s role involves overseeing every aspect of operations to ensure efficiency and client satisfaction.

In addition to managing drayage operations, Cecelia is deeply committed to nurturing relationships with existing customers while actively seeking opportunities to expand GSL’s business portfolio.

Cecelia is also honored to serve as the first female Latina on the Harbor Trucking Association board, where she advocates for diversity, inclusion, and innovation within the industry.

With a proven track record of success and a passion for driving positive change, Cecelia is committed to steering Golden State Logistics towards continued excellence and expansion.

Paul Kerwin, Vice President

Paul Kerwin has been the VP of Golden State Logistics since 2018. He began his logistics career in 1994 working on a dock at a distribution facility and quickly rose through the ranks in a handful of companies which included warehousing and transportation. Paul helped open and manage a large facility (500K SQ. FT.) for a Fortune 500 company in Ontario, Canada. The facility consisted of 300 employees and nine miles of conveyance machinery. In 2006, he was offered a director position at a reputable port drayage provider in LA/LB. He helped grow the company from 50 trucks to 300 by adding another terminal in Texas.

Paul was on the board of directors for the Harbor Transportation Club from 2017-2022 and has served on the board of directors for the Harbor Trucking Association (HTA) since 2018. The HTA is on the supply chain frontline and meets with many stakeholders frequently. Paul is on a few other committees that meet regularly to discuss supply chain productivity, regulatory mandates, and port drayage topics.

Education: Chaffey College, Business Administration

What Industry Leaders Are Saying

    “Our experience with GSL has been outstanding and can always be counted on to get the job done. GSL sits well above most service providers, as they have a multitude of services they can provide, and have become a one stop shop for us in most cases. Aside from the very knowledgeable front-line teams handling the day to day, their leadership also is always accessible and prompt to address any opportunities and other special requests when called upon. I would 100% recommend GSL!”

    “GSL has provided a great service to us. Their organization has a nice ‘customer service-oriented feel.’ This is felt from the office staff to the drivers. They have shown flexibility, informed us of potential industry challenges, helped us navigate through unplanned bumps in the road, and saved us quite a bit of money.  We appreciate the partnership with GSL and look forward to working together in the future!”

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