The development of Kuehne + Nagel in the United States
Kuehne + Nagel first launched operations in the United States in 1966. Following more than two decades of steady development, the company’s expansion then accelerated in the 1990’s, partly influenced by the opening up of Eastern Europe and the subsequent increase in exports from the U.S. to this new market. In line with the “JFK Airport 2000” project, which saw the complete refurbishment and modernisation of New York’s major air hub during this decade, Kuehne + Nagel expanded its airfreight operations and opened a new facility to the North of JFK airport in September 1990.
Seafreight business also grew strongly, with the Los Angeles branch acting as a gateway and consolidation point for trans-Pacific trades, mainly comprising imports of consumer goods from the Far East, as well as exports to Australia.
In 2001, the strategic decision was taken to expand Kuehne + Nagel’s portfolio by adding Contract Logistics services. The acquisition of USCO Logistics, a company offering integrated logistics and supply chain management solutions based in Connecticut, marked a significant milestone in this ambition. The USCO organisation was successfully integrated into the Kuehne + Nagel network with a full re-branding completed in 2004.