Our Approach

IMI – Your Partner of Choice

  • Competitive prices through strong supplier relationships, volume discounts, cross sales (cementitious vs. fuels swaps) and combined back haul shipments managed by an integrated shipping department
  • Solutions mindset by providing unbiased technical advice and beginning-to-end logistics services
  • Strong financial performance with a stable balance sheet and access to capital that allows us to grow with our customers
  • Lowest total cost of ownership through optimization of logistics costs and sourcing strategies



IMI, along with its partners and affiliates, delivers over 30 million metric tons of bulk natural gypsum, cement, clinker, bauxite, slag, copper slag, iron ore and iron fines, coal, petcoke and other products annually to customers around the world. IMI has developed long-term relationships and holds multi-year contracts with suppliers located in North, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. IMI has secured exclusive marketing rights for certain materials and enjoys a preferred position with many suppliers because of our reputation and proven marketing performance.


IMI charters vessels regularly with owners and operators across all vessel segments. These owners and operators include Norden, Cosco, Oldendorff, Pacific Basin, Clipper, J. Lauritzen, United Bulk Carriers, ED&F Man, Gearbulk, Western Bulk Carriers, Phoenix Bulk Carriers, Navesco, Ultrabulk, GSS, GBSMT and over 35 others. Our > 400 charters per year include multi-year Contracts of Afreightment and single spot voyages under charter parties. IMI charters and manages Handymax, Supramax, Coasters, and Panamax vessels with deadweight tonnages ranging from 5,000 – 90,000 metric tons.


IMI has long-standing relationships and contracts with customers located in North, Central and South America , China and ASEAN markets, Japan, and Europe, and has recently entered the Middle Eastern, African and Indian markets. IMI serves more than 150 global customers in the cement, wallboard, steel and related industries including all the major cement and wallboard producers in the world. IMI’s operating philosophy of always putting the customer first means that IMI can make decisions and overcome challenges quickly and in the best interests of the customer. This ability, coupled with our expertise in trading, ocean vessel chartering, import/export operations, ship loading and discharge operations, and logistics planning and management have resulted in a global reputation as the independent trading firm of choice for raw materials.


IMI has developed extensive capabilities in ship loading and discharging operations, import/export operations, logistics planning and management, and supply management. Our traffic team oversees the loading and discharging of vessels to ensure the timely and cost effective movement of material. IMI employs a global network of port captains and operations managers at various ports worldwide. The majority of IMI’s trades are CIF or plant-delivered, where IMI’s team acts as our customers' international procurement department by managing all logistical arrangements from load port operations through vessel, barge, rail or truck delivery to the customer’s site.