ECS Group has acquired Latin American specialist Americas GSA. With the purchase, it gives the global general sales agency company a presence in 16 countries across the Americas, and puts on track to achieving full coverage of the two continents, from Canada to Chile.
ECS gains a first-time presence in Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panamá, alongside its existing network of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and the US.
The agreement covers 42 staff across 13 Americas GSA offices who will join ECS Group’s existing 80-strong workforce in Latin America. They bring long-standing contracts with airlines such as LATAM Airlines, MAS, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss, Korean Air, and Ethiopian Airlines, pushing the group’s airline portfolio up to more than 40 airlines.
Managing partner and chief executive of Americas GSA Pablo Canales, said: “Our vision is to become one of the largest air cargo GSAs in Latin America, not just in terms of network, but specifically as the GSA of choice for comprehensive international solutions delivered with local finesse.
“This partnership with ECS Group brings together a highly professional air cargo organization with a strong global vision, and an established team with in-depth knowledge of the Latin-American market and close relationships with the largest customers in the region.”
Executive chairman of ECS Group, Adrien Thominet (pictured) said that Americas GSA: “not only greatly augments our coverage in Central America, significantly adding to our strong network of committed, local air cargo experts operating across the continent, but since it shares a very similar corporate culture and likewise places great value on professional expertise, it offers a highly promising basis for solid organic growth. Together, we are well poised to shape the future of air cargo in Latin America and have a considerable and positive impact on the success of our customers.”