Freight News, Logistics

Agility Grows LatAm Footprint with New Offices in Colombia

[ May 4, 2016   //   ]

Agility, a leading logistics provider, has expanded its Latin America network with the addition of company-owned operations in Bogota, Medellin and Cali in Colombia.

Agility’s network now includes owned operations in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Peru and Colombia, which together account for 75% of economic activity in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition to its owned operations, Agility has strategic partnerships with agents throughout South and Central America and the Caribbean.

Agility Colombia offers export/import services, air freight, ocean freight, inland freight, warehousing, distribution and other services. Agility Colombia is a joint venture with Navemar Group, a logistics leader in Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Venezuela.

“Colombia is a vibrant retail and consumer market and a supplier of important agricultural, mineral and energy commodities. With political stabilization, it has a chance to be an important bridge between South and Central America as economies in the region deepen their integration,” said Margarita Sanmartin, Country Manager of Agility Colombia. “Customers want world-class logistics and supply chain services from providers that know the country and the region.”

Francesc Casamitjana, CEO Agility Americas, said: “Providing consistent levels of quality and service for customers across Latin America is a key requirement for Agility. Our newly established capabilities in Colombia will provide the level of excellence required.”

While economic growth slowed in Colombia in 2015 due to the fall in commodity prices, the near future looks brighter and investments have been forecast in the next few years with the recovery of non-oil exports. According to the 2016 Agility Logistics Emerging Market Index (AEMLI), U.S. shipments to Colombia showed the most growth among the top 10 lanes analyzed in the annual report, with an 11.7% increase in 2015. The main drivers for growth were an increase in export tonnage of fresh flowers and cereals and a higher needs for cold chain solutions.