Arranging the transportation of its customers' cargo by air, land, and sea, AIT Worldwide Logistics provides domestic and international freight forwarding services, including customs brokerage. The non-asset based company also offers supply chain management, including information services that help customers keep track of their freight. Customers come from a variety of industries; however, the company's specialties include service to government agencies and perishable product handling. AIT maintains about 35 domestic offices, and operates overseas through more than 300 global service centers and a network of agents. Steven Leturno and Dan Lisowski, who still advise the company, founded AIT Worldwide Logistics in 1979.
While other freight forwarders were hunkering down to weather the global economic recession, AIT Worldwide Logistics took the opportunity to implement proactive strategies to help mitigate the effects of the financial downturn. It diversified its freight forwarding services, focusing particularly on truck brokerage and warehousing as growth areas. It also expanded its geographic footprint to include Asia in 2009 by opening an office in Hong Kong that provides multi-modal import and export services to companies throughout the Pacific Rim area. About 30% of AIT's business is generated outside the US, but the company wants to increase that to 50%. Additionally, it offers transporter services among the US and Canada and Mexico.
AIT's strategies are not just limited to growing its business; it also wants to protect the property it carries and the customers it serves. Starting in 2009 the company deployed Defentect's Gammatect radiation sensors at its freight centers. Given that 50 billion pounds of domestic cargo is transported per year by passenger and cargo carriers, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is expecting shippers, rather than airport staff, to accept the responsibility for scanning and inspecting air freight. – less