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Crowley to Grow its Customs Brokerage Capabilities with the Acquisition of Customized Brokers in Miami

(Miami, Fla.; Nov. 3, 2008) – To further build its customs brokerage business, Crowley announced today the acquisition of Miami-based Customized Brokers, a customs clearance company specializing in refrigerated cargoes arriving by air and sea. Over the last two decades, Customized Brokers has developed a streamlined clearance process and strong partnerships with its customers, ensuring that shipments arrive at their destination in a timely fashion.

Customized Brokers, which has 32 employees, will remain an independent company with its office in Miami, and will continue to serve its current clientele while offering additional logistics services through Crowley Logistics. Customers of Crowley and Customized Brokers can continue to contact them at (305) 471-8989 or visit them online at

“Crowley’s investment in Customized Brokers provides our logistics group with an additional team of expert customs brokers to supplement Crowley’s current capabilities,” said Rinus Schepen, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley’s logistics group. “Additionally, it will allow Customized Brokers to offer Crowley’s comprehensive suite of services such as airfreight, cargo consolidation and deconsolidation, cargo insurance, freight forwarding, inland transportation and warehousing to their existing customers.”

Customized Brokers Inc. has been a pioneer in the clearance of fresh fruit and produce since 1989. Its strong knowledge of compliance and excellent relationships with U.S. Customs, FDA and USDA allow for expedited client service. The group is C-TPAT certified.

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a newly formed holding company of the 116-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at

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