Menzies Aviation has extended its footprint in Canada buy acquiring Vancouver-based logistics service provider GTO Global Logistics.
GTO provides airfreight, ocean LCL, domestic/cross border road services, storage and customs brokerage at airports and ports in Canada, and will be integrated into the Air Menzies International business division.
AMI provides wholesale airfreight and express services exclusively to freight forwarders, packaging companies, customs brokers and courier agents.
As part of the deal, Menzies will acquire a customs bonded warehouse measuring 10,000 square feet in Vancouver, which will be AMI’s first international office in Canada.
GTO owner Darrell Keen, who founded the business 15 years ago will become head of AMI’s Canadian operations, with all other employees joining AMI’s operations.
Jonathan Clark, chief executive officer of AMI says: “We believe that GTO is the perfect match for AMI in Canada as they understand our needs, provide excellent service and have a proven track record of success in the region.
“They have been a partner of ours for several years and already have strong relationships with airlines and shipping lines which will help grow the AMI business in Canada. I look forward to welcoming Darrell Keen and the rest of the GTO team into the Menzies family.”