• History

    Historical highlights

    1945

    • Gerry Livingston’s export packaging firm incorporated, under the name Livingston Lumber & Manufacturing Ltd.
    • Grows for 30 years in warehousing and transportation.

    1960

    • The Tillsonburg “Livvies,” a local basketball team sponsored by Gerry Livingston, won the Canadian basketball championships.

    1967

    • Name changed to Livingston Industries Limited.

    1978

    • Launched into customs brokerage.
    • Grew by acquisition over the next 10 years.

    1981

    • Changed name to Livingston International.

    1986

    • Businesses restructured under?Livingston Group.
    • Customs brokerage unit named?Livingston International.

    1993

    • Expanded into U.S. customs brokerage, to become the first customs broker operating coast to coast in both countries.

    1997

    • Livingston International?bought by private equity investment firm, CAI Capital.

    1999

    • Bought Blaiklock, a Canadian? customs broker about 25% Livingston’s size, with international freight forwarding; Blaiklock Inc. was Canada’s oldest customs brokerage firm, established in 1876.

    2000-2001

    • Named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies in 2000.
    • Requalified for the award again in 2001.

    2002

    • Became publicly traded as an income trust, trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange: LIV.UN.
    • Acquired Consultrans, a small transportation brokerage company, to double its North American truck operation.

    2003

    • Acquired Osowski, a Chicago-based customs broker and freight forwarder, to launch into U.S. air/sea business.

    2005

    • Bought Great Lakes, a U.S. northern border?broker, and its software arm, which developed SmartBorder? for U.S. air/sea brokers.
    • Acquired Searail, a Vancouver-based vehicle transportation broker.

    2006

    • Successfully acquired PBB Global Logistics, Livingston’s?largest competitor,?a Canadian-based customs broker and third-party logistics provider operating in North America.

    2010

    • Was acquired by Sterling Partners and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
    • Acquired Maquilogistics, establishing a presence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    2011

    • Acquired Hipage, increasing air/ocean strength and gaining presence in southeastern U.S.

    2012

    • Acquired customs and trade compliance business, formerly known as Vastera, from JPMorgan, extending operations to Mexico, Europe and Asia.
    • Expanded customs brokerage and international freight forwarding capabilities primarily in U.S. with acquisition of Dell Will, Maher, Evans and Wood, Jensen and MBLX.

    2013

    • Acquired Advantex Express Inc. in Canada as well as its two U.S. entities, Advantex Express, Inc. and Andina Group International.

    2014

    • Acquired FPA Customs Brokers, based in New York and Los Angeles, increasing specialization in the retail and textile industries.

    2015

    • Expanded into Brazil and India through Global Trade Management services to support clients.

    2016

    • Expanded into Taiwan through Global Trade Management services to support clients.
    • Acquired Montreal-based Affiliated Customs Brokers including its related companies: Affiliated Customs Brokers USA, J.A. Léveillé & Fils, P. Mines Customs Brokers, A.W.W. Kyle Logistics Inc., and ACTS.

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