Exel announced that it has expanded its operations in Peru to include the freight management of vegetables, fish and other perishable exports. Exel associates handled more than 100 tons of product in the first two weeks of operation last month.

“Exel’s ability to adapt to the demands of the local market and to provide full supply chain solutions has resulted in a more streamlined and efficient shipping process for customers in Peru,” said Pedro Saavedra, Exel’s sales manager, Peru. “Because Peru is a top producer of perishable products, such as asparagus, the decision to offer an expanded set of services in this region is part of a natural progression for Exel.”

Exel associates with expertise in the ‘cold chain’ and controlled temperatures handling are based inside the Lima, Peru, airport to directly manage the perishable shipments. Products are shipped all over the world to locations, such as the Netherlands, where Exel can manage the back end of the supply chain.

Since 2001, the company has been handling the shipment of non-perishable items such as textiles and telecommunications products in the region. In 2004, the freight management office in Lima became one of the first freight forwarding organizations in Latin America to receive official certification from the Business Anti-Smuggling Coalition (BASC). This certification addresses the increasing problem of concealing contraband and drugs in commercial trade.