Tower Group to buy four Fritz locations

Tower Group International Inc., a subsidiary of FedEx Trade Networks Inc., has agreed to acquire the express customs clearance operations of Fritz Companies Inc. in four United States locations. FedEx Trade Networks is one of five operating companies of FedEx Corp. Tower Group will acquire the express clearance operations currently conducted by the Fritz Companies at FedEx Express facilities in Memphis,

Tower Group International Inc., a subsidiary of FedEx Trade Networks Inc., has agreed to acquire the express customs clearance operations of Fritz Companies Inc. in four United States locations. FedEx Trade Networks is one of five operating companies of FedEx Corp.

Tower Group will acquire the express clearance operations currently conducted by the Fritz Companies at FedEx Express facilities in Memphis, Oakland and Anchorage and support operations located in Springfield, MO. FedEx Trade Networks will operate these facilities through Tower Group, which will extend employment offers to the approximately 1,000 Fritz employees at these operations.

"The acquisition of these operations augments FedEx Trade Networks' customs clearance capabilities and enables us to strengthen the unparalleled service and reliability of FedEx Express," said Ed Clark, president & CEO, FedEx Trade Networks. "Our customers doing business internationally also will benefit from improved convenience as we add these operations."

FedEx expects to complete the transaction in the next 30 days.

As part of the agreement, existing litigation between the companies concerning Fritz express clearance operations will be resolved. Additional terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.

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