California freight forwarder opens first Canadian office in Vancouver

Flexport’s Vancouver team will offer customers customs and logistics support

Flexport has chosen Vancouver for its first office in Canada | Submitted

What happened: San Francisco-based freight forwarder Flexport has opened its first Canadian office in Vancouver.

Why it matters: The move gives the company direct access to Asia-focused trade. It also affirms Vancouver’s strategic position as a gateway to the Asia Pacific.

San Francisco-based freight forwarder Flexport is anchoring its first Canadian office in Vancouver.

The office will provide customs and logistics support to the company’s customer base, which includes nearly 10,000 clients and suppliers in more than 100 countries. Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Hamburg and Seattle are among the company's 13 other global offices. 

Flexport – which runs a digital freight forwarding platform – says Vancouver’s footprint in global trade and its strong technology ecosystem made the city a “natural location” for an expansion – one that will also provide Flexport customers with access to Canada’s import and export markets.

The new office – announced Tuesday, November 19 – will be led by the company’s northwest region general manager Anders Schulze and Vancouver office head Kevin McCormick. It will support 10 trade experts.

“Canada is critical to North American trade and Flexport’s growth strategy, especially today amidst ever-changing international trade relationships,” said Schulze in a release.

“Today’s news is an important next step in our mission to make global trade easy for everyone.”

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