David Rice

Panel Discussion: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally


Mr. Rice, a licensed U.S. Customs broker since 1987, has over 40 years of experience in the US Customs clearance, international freight forwarding industry and project management. He founded Dartrans, Inc. in 1989 and is celebrating 30 years of success in March. Two years ago, Mr. Rice opened Puerto al Mundo, in Costa Rica taking a step closer to fulfilling his goal of uniting the North and South American continents under one roof.
Dartrans, based in Baltimore, U.S. and Puerta al Mundo in Alajuela Costa Rica, are full-service international transportation companies. Under Mr. Rice’s direction, these companies offer import and export customs clearance, customs bonded and traditional transportation, warehousing, international insurance, consolidation and consulting services. Dartrans’ and Puerta al Mundo’s services cover all the modes of transportation, including air, vessel, truck, rail and barge. The company utilises the latest electronic customs interfaces available and worldwide trade partners ensuring full door to door transportation success. Mr. Rice is continually growing his companies in areas of expertise and in focused trade lane development.
Mr. Rice is a staunch supporter of and participant in various international associations including the local and national chapters of the Customs Broker and Freight Forwarder Associations, the local and national chapters of the Propeller Club of the United States, the World Trade Center Institute, World Cargo Net Association, Project Partners, and the Maryland China Business Council. He has sponsored a graduate level training program with the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America and has participated in providing attorneys with Continued Education Credits at Georgetown University and speaks to Trade Missions in concert with the US Department of Commerce’s SABIT program. He received his education at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Mr. Rice’s travels have taken him on visits to customers, vendors, trade shows, logistics partners and of course, personal enrichment to over 50 countries. He will back in Dubai in February attending the Breakbulk Middle East Conference and Exhibition for International Project Shipping.