SEKO Logistics buys GoodShip to bolster its international presence
SEKO Logistics has acquired Chicago-headquartered customs brokerage and compliance consultancy GoodShip International in a push to expand its global footprint, form more partnerships and make further acquisitions in the forwarding and technology sectors
SEKO Logistics has acquired Chicago-headquartered customs brokerage and compliance consultancy GoodShip International in a push to expand its global footprint, form more partnerships and make further acquisitions in the forwarding and technology sectors.
GoodShip International provides customs brokerage, compliance, air and ocean freight solutions, focusing especially on clients engaged in the transpacific eastbound trade.
Sectors it covers include aerospace, automotive, electronics, FMCG, healthcare products, pharma and retail, reported London's Air Cargo News.
SEKO chief executive James Gagne said: 'GoodShip is a perfect example of the type of company we had in mind when we announced our expansion strategy.
'2018 has been another strong year for SEKO but after 42 years of organic growth, it is time to enhance our strategy to step up to the next level by working with the right types of strategic partners and undertaking acquisitions to enhance our technology, network and capabilities.
'GoodShip's customs brokerage and compliance expertise has earned the respect and trust of the company's customers in Chicago and the midwest and this will add more depth to what we offer today.'
The company said that the addition of GoodShip International will build 'the capabilities of SEKO's Chicago gateway, which offers support to international shippers, by adding a new level of customs brokerage and compliance services.'
Further expansion of SEKO's midwest operations will be announced in the second quarter.
Last year SEKO expanded into Mexico with the opening of locations in Laredo/Nuevo Laredo, McAllen/Reynosa, Mexico City, Monterrey, Toluca and Queretaro.
It also announced a partnership with Hermes Germany and the purchase of a majority shareholding in longstanding strategic partner Omni-Channel Logistics to expand its e-commerce and technology solutions.