A Trinidad and Tobago company – Cargo Consolidators Agency Limited (CCA) -officially launched its subsidiary in Guyana Friday night at the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown.
The company is an International Freight Forwarder, a full non-vessel operating cargo carrier (NVOCC) and an International Air Transport Association (IATA) Certified air cargo service provider.
Managing Director Sean Patience said his father started the company 43 years ago from humble beginnings and expanded with offices in Miami, Trinidad and now Guyana.
Patience said the company aims to provide reliable solutions to the supply chain needs and will also cater to the oil and gas industry.
Five Guyanese have been employed so far with the company with Babita Ram as the Country and Compliance Manager.
“We have utilized our 43 years of experience in moving international freight to transfer knowledge to our Guyanese team to cater for the demands of the oil and gas companies and to apply these same high standards to all other industries being retail, telecommunications, manufacturing and construction,” Patience said.
The company offers air and ocean freight including transhipment cargo, import and export, door-to-door delivery, consolidation and break-bulk service, customs brokerage, local transportation and dangerous goods packaging.
“CCA is excited to be here, the land of many waters to form a ‘win-win’ relationship with you our customers, agents, vendors and friends,” the Managing Director said.
Nicholas Boyer, President for the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) said there are a lot of companies in Guyana but they do not have experience with the oil and gas industry.
Boyer said Guyana needs companies like CCA which will bring that experience.
“This is a very good example of when our brotherly CARICOM relationship work well. We will definitely need Trinidad and what we need is the capital and experience,” Boyer said.
The GGCI President noted that he is a fighter for local content but this does not mean keeping people out but it means getting the right people in who will build the country.
“I am really proud when these companies see Guyana as a very attractive market and make that leap,” Boyer said.
Meanwhile, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson in his remarks noted that over the last year, Guyana has been approached by numerous air cargo, however, there is no better partner to have than a Caribbean partner.
He said the APNU+AFC coalition government remains committed to port development for the safe delivery of cargo through air and ocean.
“These are interesting times we are living in; we are now the number one business destination in the Caribbean and certain parts of the Southern hemisphere,” Patterson said.
The Minister welcomed CCA to Guyana and noted that Guyana is the most hospitable of CARICOM countries.
“We are pleased to have you here even though we disagree on several things, but we also agree on several things when the West Indies is playing there is no dispute, there is no dispute when there is an emergency in the region, like what is happening in the Bahamas,” Patterson said.