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San Francisco-based freight forwarding and customs brokerage service provider Flexport said this week it is increasing its presence north of the border for Canadian importers and exporters with the opening of a new office in Toronto.

Flexport also has a separate Canadian office in Vancouver, and he added that the new Toronto office will serve as a hub in eastern Canada, for the company, with a project of 15 employees who are expected to work in that office. by the end of 2021, with plans for another 20 to hire over the next 18 months as well.

“Toronto’s location along the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system makes it an ideal hub to support the estimated $ 45 billion economic activity that freight shipments generate on this bridge- pier, ”said Sumeet Trehan, general manager of Flexport for Toronto, in an interview. “This, coupled with the fact that Canadian importers and exporters have traditionally had limited options for technology-driven business services, indicates an opportunity to give these companies an integrated logistics partner who can better help them navigate today’s climate.” . “

Regarding the key benefits that the new Toronto office provides to Flexport customers, Trehan explained that the new office gives Canadian brands greater ability to access a comprehensive technology platform that provides visibility and benefits. real-time management capabilities for their supply chains.

“In addition, these companies have specific needs and a regional context, and increasing our presence in the country with team members who understand these nuances will help these companies to be more successful and expand their economic opportunities,” he said. -he declares.

When asked what the main competitive advantages of this new office are, from Flexport’s perspective, Trehan observed that in addition to its location on a major roadway that allows it to serve businesses across Canada, the main competitive advantage is Flexport’s unique offering in the market.

“Right now, the global commerce industry in Canada is largely run with outdated technology and visibility capabilities,” he said. “Our integrated platform, coupled with local partnerships and expertise, will provide this market with a partner capable of delivering better visibility and smoother execution across supply chains. “

As for his take on the biggest issues currently impacting the supply chain and how Flexport’s new office in Toronto can help shippers solve them effectively, Trehan explained how backlogs and backlogs Shipping delays have resulted in increased costs for shippers, and this increasingly competitive market has led small and medium-sized businesses to struggle for cargo space.

“The new Toronto team will be particularly focused on delivering services to these small and medium-sized businesses,” he said.

September 1, 2021

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