ICAT Logistics Outlines Future Plans for EU Service
April 17, 2014 - SCMR Editorial
With the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) pending Congressional approval, many U.S. 3PLs are already getting ready for more business on The Continent.
“We opened ICAT UK in October 2013,” says Ann Bruno Vice President of International Operations, ICAT Logistics Elkridge, Md. “ICAT UK is located in, London, Bristol and Kent. We have agency relationships in every other European country, in particular some of those lesser known such as Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.”
She says ICAT’s European expansion plans depend largely on the development of shipper needs:
“Current projections show that we will be looking to bring on an office in Germany or Italy, but this could change. We will ultimately choose a country that allows us to establish a footprint in an area where our client’s need us to have direct presence on the ground.”
ICAT handles freight ranging from non-hazardous pesticides to museum catalog items, using a workforce fluent in foreign languages and familiar with regional demand.
There are several other potential opportunities that come with onboarding overseas offices,” says Bruno.
“The branding opportunities are obvious,” she says, “and many U.S. shippers would prefer to work with a 3PL they are already familiar with.”
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