The WACO System grows footprint in Australasia with two new members

International Trade Management (ITM) Pty Ltd, and Pengellys join the exclusive network of independent freight forwarders, The WACO System

London, UK, Thursday 8th November 2018 – Independent freight forwarder network The WACO System has expanded its presence in Australasia after appointing two new members, for Australia and New Zealand.

Melbourne, Australia-based International Trade Management (ITM) Pty Ltd, and Auckland, New Zealand-headquartered Pengellys were both formally welcomed to the Network at its Extraordinary General Meeting in Manila, the Philippines last month.

“We are very pleased to have both companies on-board and look forward to the benefits our members will gain from working with local specialists from this very important region,” said Richard Charles, Executive Director, The WACO System.

“There are many new and growing opportunities for business throughout Australasia, and having members we trust with solid expertise about this market is very important.”

With offices throughout Australia, ITM boasts a fleet of services including supply chain integration, logistics, Customs consultancy, and warehousing.

“ITM looks forward to working with the members of WACO, adding value and creating opportunities for importers and exporters by utilising this network of large independent companies committed to excellence,” said John Antoniou, Chief Executive Officer, International Trade Management Pty Ltd.

Family-owned Pengellys provides a wide range of supply chain and logistics service with offices both nationally as well as in Australia and China.

“Pengellys is proud to become a member of such a well-established and respected global network allowing us to grow globally whilst maintaining our focus locally,” said Trevor Pengelly, Director, Pengellys.

Last month’s EGM saw four new members formally appointed to the network – with the other two being Dimotrans Group for France, and Velogic Ltd, representing Mauritius, Madagascar, and Réunion.

The WACO System includes 120 independent forwarders in 116 countries and holds two meetings a year facilitating hundreds of bilateral meetings for members to network and grow business.

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Stephen Knight, Managing Director of TransGlobal and Chairman of The WACO System, awarding John Antoniou, Chief Executive Officer at International Trade Management Pty Ltd (Left), and Trevor Pengelly, Director at Pengellys (Right).


About The WACO System  

Founded in 1973, WACO is the world’s foremost independent global freight management and logistics organisation.

WACO has a community of 120 members in 116 countries with a combined network of more than 400 locations, employing over 21,000 freight professionals who handle over 1.85 million shipments each year including one million tons of airfreight.

The exclusive network has a combined annual turnover of USD four billion.

The company is an Association owned by its members with its Corporate Head Office in Zurich, Switzerland, and operational management in London, UK.

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About Pengellys and International Trade Management

In the early 1970s Pengellys offered Customs Brokerage and Freight Forwarding as new services, followed by Travel in 1981. In 1984 the company expanded into Wellington and Christchurch, enabling the Group to offer “all port services” to major trading companies throughout New Zealand.

Recognising the importance of the Australian market, Pengellys purchased International Trade Management (ITM) in 1992. Established in 1896 ITM offered Customs Broker / Freight Forwarder services in Sydney and Melbourne. Under the new ownership ITM has branched out into new territories with the opening of an office in Brisbane in 1996, in Adelaide in 2003, and most recently in Perth in 2010. Today a team of 200 experienced professionals compliment the full spectrum of Pengellys’ services.

Thanks to the vision of Pen, the drive and dedication of Warren and Trevor, the continued commitment to service by qualified staff, and the backing of a loyal and satisfied client base, Pengellys has grown to be a formidable force in the New Zealand and Australian transport markets.

From humble beginnings over 70 years ago, today the Pengellys Group of Companies is located in two countries with ten offices, 200 staff, and 12 service divisions.

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