Mid-America Overseas (MAO) was founded in Chicago in 1976 by Burkard M. Schmitt. From our origins as an ocean freight forwarder, MAO has evolved and expanded into a global transportation and logistics provider, supported by loyal and hard-working employees.

Global ocean transportation is still an important element in the complete scope of services MAO provides -- which today includes air and ocean transportation, customs brokerage, warehousing & distribution and related MIS services, all supervised via a single, coordinated support system.

MAO is privately owned and now employs some 400 employees in offices throughout North America and abroad.


Many of the services provided by MAO are regulated by federal government agencies.  Licenses to operate have been granted by:

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security as Customs Broker - LC9172 & Permit #99-00030
  • U.S. Federal Maritime Commission - Freight Forwarder LC1872F
  • NVO Common Carrier - LC12341N
  • DOT/ FMCSA Approved - MC 266210
  • TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Approved
  • International Air Transport Association (IATA) as agents - 01-1-0418/011
  • C-TPAT Approved
  • MAO (Shanghai) received A-License from the Government of China to operate as an International Freight Forwarding and Logistics Company in China.

Facts & Figures

  • 37 offices (18 USA and 19 Overseas)
  • 450,000 square feet of Customs Bonded Warehousing facilities
  • 400+ employees
  • 26 U.S. licensed customs brokers