ECS Group strengthens African presence

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Building on a longstanding commercial partnership spanning over two decades, EFIS MAROC has officially merged into ECS Group, reinforcing the group’s presence in Africa. The acquisition agreement, signed on December 13, 2023, marks the beginning of a seamless transition and the implementation of digital enhancements for the benefit of EFIS MAROC and its clientele.

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Founded by Pierre Fougerouse, EFIS MAROC boasts an impressive client portfolio, including renowned international and local freight forwarders. Offering GSSA and air cargo services, the team, situated at the company’s headquarters in downtown Casablanca, specializes in air, road, and logistics. Their expertise includes supervising the handling of special products such as outsize cargo, dangerous goods, perishables, and live animals.  EFIS MAROC, strategically positioned at Casablanca Mohammed V Airport (CMN), provides extensive commercial coverage for the country’s major cargo gateways, including Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK), Agadir Al Massira Airport (AGA), and Tangier Ibn Battuta Airport (TNG).

“EFIS MAROC has emerged as the market leader in commercial air cargo services, uniquely positioned as the region’s sole GSA with substantial air freight experience and a loyal client base,” affirms Adrien Thominet, Executive Chairman of ECS Group. “Morocco’s strategic location holds the potential to become a key African Hub, aligning with ECS Group’s established air cargo hubs in East and South Africa.”

Pierre Fougerouse, Founder of EFIS MAROC, adds, “Our journey began with ECS Group’s support in 2001, and after becoming self-owned in 2003, merging into ECS Group now feels like a fitting evolution of our partnership. I am also pleased to welcome Bouazza El Hantiti as Managing Director, bringing valuable experience from North Africa and Europe to enhance network synergies between Morocco and ECS Group’s European representations.”

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Upon integration into ECS Group, EFIS MAROC’s internal processes will receive a boost through the group’s proprietary digital solutions like Squair, providing improved customs reporting functions. Clients will gain access to CargoAi’s booking platform and wallet payment features, reinforcing EFIS MAROC’s leading position in a market where manual logistics processes still dominate.