SEKO Logistics stays on the acquisition trail

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SEKO Logistics has completed its largest-ever acquisition with the purchase of New York-based freight forwarder and cross-border ecommerce experts, Air-City, Inc.

Similar to the purchase of GoodShip International Inc., which added depth and expertise to SEKO’s corporate gateway operation in Chicago, Air-City will immediately add additional resources and growth to SEKO’s key New York region. The investment represents the latest phase of SEKO’s programme to accelerate its strategic vision by expanding its global footprint, establishing more strategic partnerships, and making accretive acquisitions that expedite the growth of its three core services; Omni-Channel Logistics, White Glove Services and Value-Added Freight Forwarding.

In the past 18 months, SEKO has also acquired a majority shareholding in its strategic partner Omni-Channel Logistics Australia to further solidify and grow its eCommerce and technology solutions for retailers, pure-play etailers, marketplaces and platforms.

Air-City was established in 1984, expanding to 15 offices worldwide, with New York as its head office. Air-City was among the first group of freight agents authorised by the China Government in 1994 and holds a certificate of approval for the establishment of enterprises in China.

“Air-City will give us immediate depth in the growing westbound airfreight and cross-border ecommerce trade for goods going to China,” said SEKO’s president and CEO, James T. Gagne. “Air-City also gives us strategic airfreight volumes and expertise into China as the rising demand for US goods increases along with a rising middle class in China.

“We have also added strength to our US import services with the all-important ‘Section 321’ and Type 86 entries for e-commerce capabilities that are so critical for cross-border ecommerce into the United States as well as a network of bonded warehouses in the United States. The outstanding Air-City team will not only assist our current clients with expanded and faster value-added forwarding and global ecommerce capabilities, they will also support our award-winning air product team and help our US and international network of strategic partner locations to grow their business faster.”