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    2. 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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