Monday, March 22, 2010

F.S.Mackenzie Opens Fifth Freight Office In Russia

Continued Expansion for Forwarder
Shipping News Feature

RUSSIA - Freight forwarder F.S. Mackenzie has marked the significant opening of its fifth office in Russia at the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk. This brings the number of F.S.Mackenzie offices worldwide to fourteen.

The Russian network of F.S. Mackenzie offices now extends to the important commercial and business centres of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Novosibirsk and Novorossiysk. The new office is headed by Vitaly Shishkin, a freight industry professional with a considerable background in international freight forwarding, including 12 years at major German forwarders.

Alfred Stienen, F.S. Mackenzie managing director commented: “Novorossiysk is, after St. Petersburg, the second largest port in the European part of Russia and strategically very important for southern Russia and the CIS.

“In opening the office, we are staking our presence in one of Russia’s most strategic and vital gateways. Since we opened our wholly-owned office and operations centre in Moscow in 1997, we have gained unrivalled knowledge of forwarding activity and the business world in Russia.

“Business for our Russian department is booming. By opening up in Novorossiysk, we will be in an even better position to serve clients based in and around Russia’s second port. Our clients know we have invested substantially, and continue to invest, in our operations in Russia.”

As part of the Famous Pacific Shipping (FPS) global family of forwarders, F.S. Mackenzie is able to tap into the worldwide network of like-minded forwarders to help Russian import and export traffic.

“The new office is, of course, also part of the wider FPS Network and geared up to handle LCL, FCL, customs clearance, warehousing and local distribution. Customers know that both F.S. Mackenzie Russia and F.S. Mackenzie UK are exclusive members of the FPS Group in their respective countries and can take advantage of the interconnectivity we can offer worldwide,” Mr Stienen added.