Picking up imports that arrived in Miami and moving them through customs was the start of Imperial. But what began as a humble mom-and-pop customs brokerage business has evolved into a full-service logistics company, handling every aspect of the entire supply chain. “We’re basically an advocate and travel agent for boxes,” Ralph G. De La Rosa says. We can move them across the street or across the globe. Every detail is taken care of. The name “Imperial” was chosen by Ralph De La Rosa Sr. because it was easy to pronounce and spell in English and Spanish.
Emigrating from Cuba, Ralph De La Rosa Sr. first worked in New York City as a messenger for a customs broker. After his home in Queens burned down, he moved to Miami to open a brokerage branch for his New York employer, but it soon closed. In 1971, relying on the knowledge he had gained, he and his business partner, John Dominguez, opened Imperial Freight Brokers.
With vision and hard work, Ralph De La Rosa Sr. became an industry innovator. He helped put Miami on the map for international trade and was a pioneer in the trade and transportation industry. He passed away in 2001 but is remembered in a monument established by the Florida Foreign Trade Association at PortMiami.
Taking the Helm
and Giving Back
In 1998, after working as a manager for First Union Bank in the areas of retail banking and investment services, Ralph G. De La Rosa took over as president of Imperial Freight Brokers. He is a licensed customs broker, a licensed securities agent, and sits on the board of directors for Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association. Ralph G. De La Rosa is also a mentor of business students at his alma mater, Florida International University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance administration. Today, the company still abides and thrives by his father’s principals: Know who you serve Never be too big to have a conversation Every problem has a solution
In 2017, Imperial Freight Brokers opened a new storage and state-of-the art distribution center in the heart of Doral. Boasting over 50,000 square feet, this logistics facility allows us to continue diversifying and to meet the needs of our customers and their ever-growing businesses. Today, Imperial has a global reach and a client base on virtually every continent.
RALPH DE LA ROSA SR. WAS PROUDLY RECOGNIZED AS AN INNOVATOR IN THE INDUSTRY, AS ONE OF THE FLORIDA FOREIGN TRADE ASSOCIATION AND TRANSPORTATION PIONEERS.
“It is undeniably a great honor to receive such an award. Not only am I immensely grateful to this industry for allowing me to advance my professional goals but also for bestowing upon me the chance to meet and do business with a group of wonderful people. I am also thankful because I’ve had the opportunity to build a company that has evolved into a family-owned business currently run by my son, Ralph, Jr. Therefore, I believe that upon receipt of this award, we are not merely honoring the “pioneer” stages of the industry but are creating a legacy for the future, and a rather promising one. Once again, I thank you dearly.”
Ralph De La Rosa Jr.CEO & President
Coming from diverse professional backgrounds, our senior management team has the advantage of approaching challenges from different perspectives. This diversity allows us to develop custom-built solutions that break through any roadblocks that may be keeping you from success.
Know who you serve
Never to be too big to have a conversation
Every problem has a solution
When it comes to moving freight, we know that you have lots of options. Our team of dedicated professionals, and our track record of providing domestic and international solutions, has made us industry leaders. With a long trajectory in the logistics field and our network of facilities across North America, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, we provide the resources to bring the world to your door.
SAFETY & SECURITY
Imperial Freight Brokers is committed to keeping every facet of the supply chain safe and secure. As members of CTPAT, we have partnered with the U.S. government as well as like-minded companies who take global security seriously. CTPAT participants enjoy many benefits, including a reduced number of CBP examinations, front of the line inspections, and many more. This is an advantage our clients enjoy. Imperial Freight Brokers is also proud to be affiliated with the International Air Transport Association, The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc. and the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association. These associations further solidify our standing as a trusted broker in the international marketplace.