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CaroTrans and Craft Strengthen U.S. – East Coast South America LCL and FCL Service Network

– Alliance expansion adds Argentina and Uruguay to established Brazil partnership –

Clark, New Jersey – Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 16, 2012- CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC (non vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, today announced the expansion of their partnership with Craft Multimodal in the East Coast of South America (ECSA) trade region. They will now team up in Argentina and Uruguay, in addition to their established 11 year exclusive relationship in Brazil, to deliver high quality, customer-focused LCL (less than container load) and FCL (full container load) containerized shipping services. This dedicated relationship will strengthen CaroTrans’ and Craft’s market presence and boost their service network in the growing U.S. – ECSA trade lane.

The CaroTrans – Craft alliance will deliver comprehensive, end-to-end local support and service with extensive sales and customer support coverage. CaroTrans has 14 local offices and 25 CFS (container freight stations) throughout North America to provide expedited, direct services and safe and secure local consolidation and deconsolidation services. The Craft Group, a major multinational leader in NVOCC services in South America, serves the global forwarding community with a dedicated team of 120 experienced sales professionals and specialized customer service teams. In Brazil, Craft dominates LCL activity with a 40% share of market.

“We are pleased to be expanding our alliance with Craft Multimodal to address the developing needs of the U.S. – ECSA trade region, a key growth area for international trade. Together, we offer global freight forwarders reliable, first-class containerized shipping solutions so they may provide the highest level of service to their global shipper customers,” said Greg Howard, Global CEO, CaroTrans. “Widespread globalization of businesses has led many customers to look for experienced, and established, global NVOs with leading positions in key development regions such as South America. By expanding our partnership with CaroTrans in Argentina and Uruguay we are able to provide our customers with high quality, end-to-end transport solutions, the same way we’ve achieved this heightened service in Brazil,” said Marcellus Hansford, President, Craft Multimodal. April 2012, CaroTrans announced a new Brazil LCL export service direct from Miami to Itajai to provide an additional cost effective, secure and fast transit option to this active trade region.

About Craft Multimodal Craft Multimodal is a Brazilian multinational company, which has become the market leader for providing high quality services and a greater number and frequency of direct LCL import and export shipments. This wide variety of direct services is what guarantees our incomparable coverage and transit time. Within our policy of neutrality and respect to our partners, we also provide FCL shipping with the same quality standards as LCLs, with vast market knowledge. We rely on our specialized and experienced teams to generate practical and safe solutions on a daily basis. Our structure consists of 7 offices in Brazil and 3 in Latin America, with operational support at all Brazilian ports, agents in all continents and partnerships with the best ship owners in the market. For additional information, visit: www.craft.com.br  

About CaroTrans Established in 1979, Carotrans International is one of the world’s leading NVOCCs providing global LCL, less than container load, and FCL, full container load services. Through our network of offices in Asia, South America, Oceania, and the United States, along with our strong local partners, we offer a global reach that is truly unique. Carotrans is a people driven company with dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable team members who engage customers with passion and experience on a local level. For additional information, visit: www.carotrans.com  Contact: CaroTrans, Greg Howard, 732-540-8121, gregh@carotrans.com