AIRKARGO Ltd was founded in 1997 by the professionals experienced in Riga Airport Cargo operations. Airport export and import forwarding became the core business of the company. Another focus of AIRKARGO was customs brokerage and a qualified tax consultancy service. Our customs brokers cleared a significant portion of airfreight shipments going through Riga Airport Customs.

Up until today in the quality-demanding ship spare transit business, AIRKARGO works with the third of Latvian stevedoring companies and shipping agents. AIRKARGO broke the rule that customers should deal with the customs formalities themselves, being among the first companies to receive electronic customs clearance rights in 1999. In 2001, second office was opened at Riga Airport Baltic Cargo Center, currently housing the Airfreight Department.

In spite of not belonging to multi-national freight forwarding groups, AIRKARGO steadily holds the top positions of in Latvian airfreight agent scoreboards:

  • 1999 – # 1 in terms of Number of Shipments (N.O.S.)
  • 2000 – # 1 in terms of Number of Shipments (N.O.S.)
  • 2002 – # 1 in terms of Gross Shipped Tonnage
  • 2003 – # 1 in terms of Number of Shipments (N.O.S.)
  • 2004 – # 1 in terms of Number of Shipments & Gross Shipped Tonnage

In April 2003, AIRKARGO signed a cooperation and mutual representation contract with air/road courier companies in neighboring Lithuania and Estonia. Employing its own vehicle fleet, AIRKARGO has founded a Courier Freight Department – now it provides daily express deliveries in all the Baltic countries – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

The courier services have formed the backbone of the Road Freight Department, which is located at the newly opened Road Freight Center. Unlike most of its competitors, the Roadfreight Department of AIRKARGO (similarly to its Airfreight Department) is organized into specialized customer-oriented teams, allowing the company to provide superior customer service and operational flexibility. The staff of AIRKARGO stays attuned to the special needs of the customers and maintains competence in their respective areas of expertise, which currently includes not only Intra-Baltic distribution but also comprehensive groupage, part and full-load transport at major European routes.

In July 2003, in order to achieve a stronger long term foundation for growth of our Road Freight Department, AIRKARGO signed a cooperation agreement with GEFCO – Europe’s first integrated groupage, part and full-load transportation network, a EUR 2.6 bn company.

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