About RTM Lines

RTM Lines History

Established in New York City in 1980, RTM Lines was founded on the belief that the ocean cargo industry required an expert firm that maintains vast knowledge, professional expertise, established long-term relationships with carriers across the world, and a responsive and personalized way of doing business. This belief became the fundamental building block of who we were then, and who we are today.

Initially, our shipping focus was rolling stock roll on-roll off (ro-ro). Over the years, we have added renowned proficiency in break bulkFCL, and project management (specializing in complex, unusual and abnormal shipments.)  In 1997, we relocated to Norwalk, Connecticut to accommodate our growing business and maintain our prime proximity to the NY and NJ ports.

Industry Professionals Who Ship Complex Cargo Worldwide

From 1980 to today, RTM has shipped every type of cargo to and from virtually every cargo port in the world. We provide regular sailings to, from, and between all major North American ports, Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, South America, the Middle and Far East,  as well as Australia and New Zealand. Our competence includes export, import, and foreign to foreign. Our dedication to our clients can be seen in our strict safety policies, high efficiency, and our ability to adapt to the changing rules, regulations, routes and technology.

Large Firm Expertise With In House Communication

RTM’s team of professionals unscramble the most challenging global logistics puzzles to deliver your complex cargo. When you ship with us, we apply our extensive shipping knowledge to your specific cargo challenge and relay that information to you as if we were a member of your direct staff. Our ability, accessibility, communication, and professionalism define the RTM difference, making us the preferred concierge shipping solution.


“In reference to this unit, I just want to take this opportunity to thank you John and all at RTM Lines for a great job on the difficult loading of this unit for BNSF Logistics and going over and beyond in completing this very challenging move.   I have thanked you millions of times on the phone and we appreciate it.”

Deborah F. - Operations Manager

“I love RTM Lines. Their team have helped me many times with shipments to places where
I can find no service. I also like that RTM handles foreign to foreign shipments, as we
have gotten several inquiries from one of our major clients for those kinds of port pairs.”

Judi C. - Projects Supervisor

“When my colleagues ask for a resource for ro-ro shipments,
I tell them that RTM Lines is the “go to” for these shipments.”

Joe P. Global Shipping Coordinator