Over 4 decades of freight forwarding expertise, personalized to your needs

Our knowledgeable experts have your best interests in mind.

We specialize in providing personalized freight forwarding and Customs brokerage support.

Our ethos of customer service is the first part of our success

Our Mission: To Deliver!! Meeting the demands of supply chain management, through the development of customer relationships with integrity and excellence.


Our team of expert employees is the backbone of our success.

As an employee-owned company, our team is personally invested in MTA Lines’ continued growth. The majority of our team members come to you with over 15 years of logistics experience.

Tom Lazzaro


Robert Gareau


Robert Nara


We have the will, the knowledge, and the experience to provide you with the best freight forwarding solutions. For over 40 years, we’ve been professional problem solvers in supply chain and logistics for companies large and small.

Embracing a New Chapter as a Proudly Employee-Owned Company

In 2021, MTA Lines transitioned to full employee ownership. This empowers our team and reinforces our commitment to delivering first-class solutions to our clients. As stakeholders, every member of our team is deeply invested in ensuring the success of our clients and the growth of MTA Lines.


We started our company in 1980.

Our original facility was located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. We started as a small office with a shared warehouse space.

In 1993, we moved to our current location where we now own and operate an expanded office with multiple warehouses.

We are now located in Berea, Ohio, and have multiple facilities in the state.

Our first president
Richard Gareau

Richard Gareau, a local native of Cleveland, OH and a sibling of 12, started Midwest Transatlantic Lines, Inc. in 1980 with the vision of making Cleveland a strategic hub for cargo moving between Europe and the Midwest. Over Rick’s 41-year career, he led the company from an office of only a few to the largest independent International Freight operation in Cleveland.

Through his tenure, Rick’s many accomplishments allowed him to establish the business as a Licensed Customs Broker, U.S. Customs Bonded CFS, 100,000 square foot warehousing and distribution center, Licensed NVOCC, Airfreight IATA Agent, and TSA Cargo Screening Facility to mention a few. Rick’s greatest industry achievement is the team he built to carry on his legacy beyond his well-deserved retirement in 2021.

“You don’t know unless you try” – Richard Gareau

Our logo evolution over the years


We are centrally located to various ports, interstate highways, rail yards, and airports.

Our close proximity to key transportation infrastructure offers us an advantage to better serve our clients. Our network of global partners extends this reach worldwide.


Our global network of experienced partners allows us to fulfill your freight forwarding needs anywhere in the world with excellent service and at a competitive price.


We’re committed to compliance and meeting regulatory requirements.

We have all the necessary licensing for every service we provide.

U.S. Licensed Customhouse Broker
U.S. Customs Bonded Container Freight Station (CFS)
TSA Approved Certified Cargo Screening Facility (CCSF)
IATA Cargo Agent: 01-1-9939
Licensed International Freight Forwarder & NVOCC: OTI #2365NF
Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Certified (C-TPAT)
Hazardous Materials Certified
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