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COMPETITION WATCH: SEKO expands its reach across Canada

Itasca, IL - SEKO, a global provider of freight forwarding and logistics solutions, recently opened SEKO-Canada, e...

Itasca, IL – SEKO, a global provider of freight forwarding and logistics solutions, recently opened SEKO-Canada, expanding its presence in North America.

The SEKO-Canada office is a result of a long standing, 10-year relationship between SEKO and the Cole Group, a logistics provider and customs broker with roughly 350 employees and more than 30 offices throughout Canada. The partnership became official on October 1, 2006. The Cole Group provides a broad range of customs, transportation and warehousing services and is comprised of Cole Freight Inc., Cole International Inc., Abco International Freight Inc., Abco International Freight (USA) Inc. and Cancon Logistics. Due to this close relationship between SEKO and the Cole Group, SEKO-Canada will be able to provide an expanded market reach as well as greater cross-border service offerings to its customers.

As a major trade zone in North America, Canada is the largest trading partner to the U.S. and the largest provider of energy, including oil, gas, uranium and electric power. SEKO-Canada will be operating 11 separate offices including facilities in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. It will provide all types of international freight forwarding services, including import and export trade, customs brokerage and warehouse services and will be staffed by well-trained operations personnel. The office provides expertise in the industries of pulp and paper, mining and petroleum in addition to consumer products and manufacturing importers. With locations near all major air and ocean ports, SEKO-Canada is an integral link to help SEKO enhance its service to international customers with a variety of expanded service offerings.

Heading the Transborder Division at SEKO-Canada is Dave Venning, Director of Transborder Services. Walter Krancevic, Director of International Freight, runs the International Freight Division. Venning has a long history in the transportation and logistics industry, beginning his career in London, England, nearly 35 years ago, and is a licensed customs broker. He has worked with the Cole Group for the past 11 years. Don Lucky is the sole owner of the Cole Group and Stephen Elliot is SEKOs main contact for the U.S.

The addition of SEKO-Canada is a very important and significant step in our corporate strategy to expand SEKO Global Logistics with the United States largest trading partner, said William Wascher, President and CEO of SEKO. This new partnership will allow our entire network to provide seamless freight forwarding and supply chain services across the border and around the world.

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