Our Mission

Marine Forwarding Company of VA employees and our customers have been doing business “together” since the early 1950’s.  When a company has that kind of longevity and beloved customers who realize how much we care, we must be doing something right.  We “care” about your shipment as much as you do.  Through honesty and integrity and a highly “experienced” staff due to longevity in Freight Forwarding, coupled with outstanding export & import logistical certifications, you will have the very best experience every time you reach out to us.  Our customers are like family wherein we celebrate joys and support sorrows.  With Competitive rates, and a super friendly reliable staff who provide a personal service to you each time you call, your trust and confidence will be inevitable.  Your confidential details are given the highest priority,  every time you call.   Let our Experience and knowledge lighten your workload and give you absolute confidence to entrust your business with us.


History of MFCOVA

The first Virginia office of the original parent company “Marine Forwarding Company” was opened by Marshall V. Slawson in 1971.  He started in the forwarding business in June of 1953 with W.O. Smith & Company. Seventeen years later, he became V.P.  When he opened the Virginia office in 1971 for Marine Forwarding Company,  he gained the respect of many through his kindness, honesty, wit,  charm and his amazing analytical brain.   Following in his footsteps, his daughter and now Owner of the “new” Marine Forwarding Company Of Virginia Office is Lana A. Ponsonby.   Working full time and attending college directly after graduation, she managed to run the Virginia Office of Marine Forwarding Company for 20 years until she became Vice President in 2001. Training, consulting and problem resolution is her specialty due to her expertise passed down from generations.  In 2015, through the grace of God, Lana opened “MFCOVA”   Marine Forwarding Company of Virginia.  Through her father’s 51 years of knowledge and subsequent training, together with 36 years of  actual freight forwarding experience,  MFCOVA earned the respect and business of many large corporations for more than 35 years.  We give simple solutions to exporters and importers for many complex logistical needs.  Expertise in Hazardous Materials allows us to service many chemical exporters & importers.  We’ve been labeled by our customers as the one stop shop for giving easy solutions to tough logistical problems.   Let us provide you with the peace of mind and confidence of allowing us to handle all of your logistics needs.