in 2013, with the goal of achieving a truly international scope, the management team of PHOENIX Europe Express, decided to merge with a group that had the same strategy and the same ambition to become the world’s leading ECTN service provider. The company joined the DIMOTRANS Group (one of the France’s leading freight forwarders) and is now called PHOENIX TFS – Trade Facilitation & Security.
Today, the DIMOTRANS Group, employs 750 staff and has 30 offices in France, Asia, the USA, and other regions of the world. With 160 partners worldwide, it is acknowledged as a major interdisciplinary operator through the various service that it provides to its clients.
While maintaining its independence and its confidentiality obligation PHOENIX TFS is managed by two managing directors who have been driven by a passion for international trade and Supply Chain security for more than 30 years. Having worked in this field both in France and in different regions of the world, they have surrounded themselves with highly trained engineers and technicians, who speak many languages, and who have been involved from the start of implementing the ECTN services in countries that are currently PHOENIX TFS clients.
PHOENIX TFS can also call on the sizeable resources of the DIMOTRANS Group, especially in terms of IT and financial engineering. While continuing to develop the take up of the ECTN, PHOENIX TFS plans to develop Single Window and Customs valuation services, in collaboration with the customs and port authorities of client countries.
PHOENIX TFS was founded in 1989, under the name PHOENIX Europe Express S.A.
Originally, a family company specialised in European transportation, it very quickly took on an international scope, offering its clients international and multi-modal (land, air and maritime) transport, logistics and customs clearance services. PHOENIX Europe Express had become a Freight Forwarder. Its annual average growth, significant in terms of turnover and profits, led to opening several offices in French ports and signing several special agreements with partners around the world (more than 80).
At the beginning of the Noughties, PHOENIX Europe Express created a specific service for the sea transport and port security sector (the CTN – Cargo Tracking Note). Recognised for its commitment, dynamism, and professionalism by the governments with which it contracted, it won contracts with several countries especially on the African continent: these contracts are still in effect today.
PHOENIX Europe Express not only developed a specific technology to develop and manage prior declarations of goods, but it was the first company to make the CTN electronic, which is now known as the ECTN. Furthermore, it successfully implemented a global network to manage and monitor this data in real time, worldwide.
This is why PHOENIX Europe Express, and now PHOENIX TFS, quickly became the main service provider to governmental authorities in this field.