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FS Mackenzie has Georgia on its mind

[ March 1, 2016   //   ]

Freight forwarder FS Mackenzie Group (FSM) – the UK and Russia member of the FPS Group network of independent forwarders and NVOCCs – has opened a new office in Tbilisi, Georgia, to act as gateway for imports to the Caucasus region. It is the company’s 17th branch.

The new operation is spearheading the launch of weekly inbound LCL services from a number of key ports in Europe, Asia and the US, and will provide direct local control over its operations which were previously managed through its Ukraine base. All containers are unloaded at the company’s container freight station in Tbilisi, which then provides daily delivery throughout Georgia, and weekly transit services to Yerevan, Armenia and Baku, Azerbaijan.

In addition to LCL, the company is also offering road transport, airfreight forwarding and outsize project forwarding by air and ocean – along with Customs clearance in Georgia and Armenia, insurance, delivery to door, long- and short-term storage, unpacking, packing and repacking, and consolidation and onforwarding of cargoes arriving from different origins for individual consignees. FSM operates its own bonded warehousing 30km from its central Tbilisi base.

Managing director of the Georgia office is Irakli Kublashvili. He said: “Opening our own office in Tbilisi is our next step in developing international traffic for Georgia, Ukraine and the Caucasus. It provides us with much tighter control over our operations, ensuring the highest possible service standards. We will continue to invest in this region, with another office planned later in 2016. This will ease the flow of documentation and streamline operational processes with our strategic partners. Our aim is to establish FSM as the leading NVOCC for the region.”