CVI was established in 1991 by the merger of two Norfolk, Virginia-based forwarders: Coleman International, Inc. and E. L. Vanderberry Company, Inc.

Wayne Coleman, CVI’s current Chairman, founded Coleman International in 1984. Wayne began working in the transportation industry in 1971 for a small Norfolk-based forwarder. In December of 1984, with the desire to implement his own vision and philosophy, he drafted a business plan for Coleman International. By early January of 1985, Coleman International had been incorporated and received its FMC license to act as a freight forwarder.

Since the merger of the two forwarding companies, CVI has grown under the leadership of experienced, knowledgeable freight forwarders, customhouse brokers, and international transportation specialists, becoming a leader in the industry. Today, CVI has operational offices in Norfolk, VA, Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, GA, Baltimore, MD, Wilmington, DE and Wilmington, NC.

Our History Timeline

1966
1966

E.L. Vanderberry & Co. founded by E. Lee Vanderberry.

1984
1984

Coleman International founded by B. Wayne Coleman

1990
1990

Coleman International opened Charlotte, North Carolina office

1991
1991

E.L. Vanderberry & Co. merged with Coleman International to form CV International

1992
1992

CV Air Transport becomes an IATA air cargo agent

1993
1993

CV Ocean Transport is licensed as an NVOCC with the FMC

1997
1997

Lee Vanderberry retired from CVI and Wayne became the sole owner and president of the company

1999
1999

CVI became one of the first transportation providers of its size to implement a door-to-door shipment tracking system for its customers

2003
2003

CVI developed the first furniture-only consolidation from the United States to the United Kingdom. Later that same year, CVI acquired Capes Shipping Agencies as a wholly owned subsidiary

2005
2005

CVI offered the first direct LCL consolidation into Norfolk, Virginia from China

2006
2006

Mike Coleman becomes President of CV International in 2006

2007
2007

CVI accepted as a validated and certified member of Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) by U.S. Customs & Border Protection

2009
2009

Central Carolina Shipping, a Charlotte, NC based customs broker established in 1983 by Sam McClure and Linda Masten, merged its staff and operations into CVI’s Charlotte office

2010
2010

CVI opened Atlanta, GA office. Alpha Sun International, an Atlanta, GA based customs broker and freight forwarder established in 1997, merged its staff and operations in CVI’s Atlanta office

2012
2012

Registered by the Ministry of Communications, Peoples’ Republic of China, as a Registered NVOCC

2012

Mike Coleman becomes President of Capes Shipping Agencies

2013
2013

Capes Shipping Agencies opened an office in Baltimore, MD

2014
2014

Wayne Coleman, CVI owner and CEO, is honored by the Hampton Roads Global Commerce Council as “Commerce Builder” for 2014. The award has been presented annually since 1956 to an individual or company whose contributions have significantly influenced the growth of commerce and trade in the Commonwealth of Virginia

2015
2015

M&S Shipping Limited merged its staff and operations into CVI’s Norfolk office

2017
2017

Capes Shipping Agencies opened an office in Morehead City, NC. Later that same year, the Company opened under the Capes and CVI brand in Wilmington, NC with the acquisition of Waters Shipping Company

2018
2018

Making way as the second generation CVI’s family-owned business, Michael Coleman is named President and CEO of CV International and Capes Shipping Agencies.