The ECS Group has firmed up its Latin American footprint with the acquisition of São Paolo-based general sales and services agent (GSSA), BCS Air, that the Paris-based company has had a joint venture with for the last five years.
The acquisition helps cement ECS’ position in Latin America where it has joint ventures in Mexico, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and just three months ago, Argentina.
BCS Air is Brazil’s leading GSSA with more than 20 years of experience in the air cargo industry, ECS said. “We are very glad to have become part of ECS Group’s global network”, says Joao Luiz Ferreira, chief operating officer BCS Air. “The cooperation surely will create highly dynamic synergies between our enterprises and further strengthen our position in the Brazilian and American markets,” he added.
“We are very proud to continually welcome the best talent from around the world into ECS Group,” said Bertrand Schmoll, chairman of ECS Group. “BCS Air has always been one of the most professional and successful providers of cargo outsourcing solutions in Brazil. Therefore, the acquisition is perfectly in line with our policy to support the world’s most proficient GSSAs with our powerful global infrastructure.”
With strong connections to the local airfreight community, BCS Air offers an extensive portfolio of GSSA services at Brazilian airports for international airlines such as Aero Mexico, Cargolux, IAG Cargo, Japan Airlines, TAAG, Turkish Airlines and Delta.
BCS Air customers particularly benefit from the company’s outstanding expertise in the handling of perishables, automotive components, and CAO services, ECS said.
“The integration of BCS into our network has been a logical step for our companies. We both share a future-oriented culture of innovation, and the expertise and best practices of BCS Air will be profitable for all partners within the Group,” Schmoll said.
The new partnership provides added value for ECS customers worldwide, ECS said, adding it will help to expand and enhance services specifically in Brazil and Latin America and offer unique opportunities for further growth.