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Crowley merger provides expansion to British Virgin Islands (courtesy of the Jacksonville Business Journal) — Crowley’s freight service from Jacksonville to the Caribbean received a boost recently when the company acquired Tamarind Consolidated, a logistics services company that handles cargo between the United States and the British Virgin Islands.

The merger’s intended to enhance Crowley’s end-to-end supply chain capabilities in the region. As a result of the takeover, Crowley will handle Tamarind’s warehousing and non-vessel operating common carrier services, along with other operations. Company officials believe Crowley’s existing services will be of use to potential new customers in Virgin Gorda and other locations in the British Virgin Islands.

Crowley’s been involved in trade in the Caribbean for more than six decades.

“Tamarind and Crowley are a natural fit with our shared understanding of the supply chain needs of customers in the British Virgin Islands and the companies’ commitment to being a lasting partner for customers,” said Brett Bennett, senior vice president and general manager for Crowley Logistics.

He added, “This is an exciting expansion for Crowley, and we look forward to building on the success of Tamarind so customers can benefit from the efficiencies, scale and technology available at Crowley.”

Tamarind Consolidated President Ralph Nazario will stay on the job as a consultant.

“Since 1985, Tamarind has offered containerized cargo transportation and related services that provide customized solutions that customers depend on between the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands,” Nazario said. “Crowley has the capabilities and technology to elevate the service we offer to the importers in Virgin Gorda, and I am confident the evolution by merging with Crowley will provide our customers with the customer service and logistics capabilities they need to succeed and grow.”