September 29 - Hili Company, the logistics division of Malta-based Hili Ventures, has acquired Gdynia-based freight-forwarder and customs agency Allcom, allowing it to gain an important foothold in the Polish market.

Allcom specialises in a comprehensive range of freight forwarding services and warehousing, supporting customers in diverse sectors in Poland. It has offices at Gdynia and port offices at Gdynia and Gdansk, Warsaw and Bydgoszcz, and a team of more than 50 staff.

Although Allcom's core business is door-to-door and port-to-door freight forwarding of containerised cargo, it also provides customs clearance, LCL, air cargo and project cargo services, plus trucking and vessel chartering. The team will continue to be led by managing director Pawel Skriabin.

Allcom joins Hili Company's family of diverse logistics operations extending from the Mediterranean to the Baltics and Northern Europe. Under its umbrella, Hili Company - which is soon to be rebranded Hili Logistics - brings together Malta-based Carmelo Caruana Company, Airsped Express, the nominated Malta service provider for FedEx Express, CMA CGM Malta Agency (a joint venture with CMA CGM), and Peterson Malta (a joint venture with oil and gas specialist Peterson), Lithuania-based Baltic Freight Services and Prime Logistics of Belarus. 

With its established presence in Poland and its sound ocean portfolio, Allcom gives Hili Company's other entities multiple opportunities to strengthen their own service offering. Allcom will enhance Hili Company's competitive advantage, primarily through a number of synergies which will be created among its activities, all operating from important locations around Europe.

"Allcom is a valuable addition to the Hili Company logistics family. It has significant potential for growth in one of Europe's largest markets and will expand its product offering to customers. It will also give our group of companies access to existing and new Polish customers," Hili Company chief executive officer Davide Biron said.

"In turn, Allcom joins Hili Company's long-established commercial network, bringing it closer to important hubs around the continent. We are looking forward to developing these new opportunities and to integrating the Allcom team into Hili Company."