CEVA Logistics acquires Cargex S.A, aims to be leading player in Colombia
CEVA Logistics acquires 100 percent of the shares of Cargex S.A., an international freight forwarding and perishable goods expert based in Bogotá, Colombia. At closing of the acquisition, CEVA would also take complete control of the Cargex customs brokerage affiliate, Agencias de Aduanas Aduanamos S.A. Nivel 2.
Cargex, an expert in the handling of perishable products
Cargex has more than 25 years of experience, with a primary focus in export management of perishable goods. It has operations in Bogotá, Medellin, Cartagena, Buenaventura and Santa Marta. Over the years, Cargex and Aduanamos have become leaders in the handling of perishable products through leading infrastructure, experience and relationships, and through a knowledgeable, highly qualified team.
With this acquisition, CEVA Logistics will become a leading player in the perishables market in Colombia. Cargex general manager Pablo Torres will join CEVA Logistics as director of perishables for Colombia and Ecuador.
A new step in CEVA Logistics’ strategic development in LATAM
CEVA Logistics is directly present in 10 countries in Latin America, where the company has nearly 10,000 employees across 40 locations. Already operating in Colombia and Ecuador, CEVA will maintain its current Colombian presence in Bogotá, Medellin, Cali, Buenaventura, Cartagena, Ipiales and Santa Marta, as well as its offices in Guayaquil and Quito in Ecuador.
CEVA expects the perishables market in Latin America to rise annually by 10 percent through 2024. Air freight will play a key role as the company expands in that growing perishables market, and the expanding CEVA SKYCAPACITY program will play a critical role in connecting Latin America to international markets.
Says Mathieu Friedberg, chief executive officer, CEVA Logistics, “With the addition of Cargex, CEVA Logistics continues its strategic push to capitalize on growing global and regional market segments. This acquisition is the perfect follow-on to our M&A activity in Africa over the past 12 months. With our global scale, we are able to see geographic and industry market segments primed for growth, and our experienced local teams are then able to seamlessly deliver the responsive logistics solutions that our customers have come to expect from us.”
Says Pablo Torres, general manager for Cargex S.A and Aduanamos S.A, “Angela Torres, Commercial Director and I have always believed that working toward meeting the customer’s needs and focusing on long-term relationships are the key drivers of our business. We are happy to announce the signing of this venture with CEVA Logistics as the next step to follow in order to give to our partners and friends an expanded logistics capability that will assure our personalized service, but with a worldwide, solid infrastructure that will have a positive impact to the operation of our partners and colleagues.”