Founded in Providence, Rhode Island in 1872 by Henry Goff, who left his job with U.S. Customs Service to form a company doing business as Customhouse brokers. Brokers prepare the considerable volume of forms required for the clearance of shipments through Customs. Also at this time Frank Page joined as a partner. Mr Page, who had been active in politics, was a lawyer and deputy customs collector.
Towards the end of the 19th century Goff & Page became a foreign freight forwarder as well. This involves preparing the necessary documents to get our customer's goods overseas.
In the early 1900's Goff & Page took on the activity for which it is best known, that of steamship agents. Ship's agents are responsible for making all necessary notifications and arrangements of the requirements for a ship to enter port.
Norton W. Nelson joined the company in 1923 as a clerk, later becoming an agent. While attending a tanker in port he met his future wife, the Captain's daughter, travelling on the ship.
In 1937 Mr. Nelson became a manager and working partner. Mr. Nelson's son, Robert N. Nelson, joined the firm in the late 1950's. When Mr. Page died, Goff & Page became incorporated, with Norton Nelson as President. In 1961 Robert Nelson received his Customs Broker license, becoming the youngest broker in the country. After his father's passing, Robert became President, a post he held for more than 50 years.
The shipping business has changed over the years; larger and faster ships, more modern equipment for loading and unloading, and overall a safer and more efficient business.
Goff & Page is still a family business and actively involved in the Maritime Community. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff of professionals is proud to be a part of the Maritime Industry, working 24/7 moving needed commodities around the globe.