PF Collins maintains offices in St. John?s, Halifax and Calgary with additional services provided through our Warehousing and Distribution facilities. Through a network of global partners and agents, PF Collins conducts business around the globe, handling thousands of consignments: both large and small, 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days a year. Mr. Patrick Francis Collins, a St. John?s clothing merchant, became a Customs Broker shortly after a fire destroyed his store in 1913. Newfoundland was still a colony of Great Britain when King George V appointed P.F. Collins as the Customs Broker for Newfoundland in 1921. Being in business for as long as we have, PF Collins has certainly witnessed many changes. With a client base extending to virtually every sector of the economy, what started out as a one-man office with a desk, a pen, and a few customs forms has evolved into a state-of-the-art, electronically linked industry. In the first part of the last century, international transport was still largely marine and St. John?s was the key port of entry for Newfoundland. PF Collins participated in the development of Newfoundland?s first industries and helped arrange the movement of vital imported goods to points around the island. After confederation with Canada, Newfoundland?s trading patterns and transportation systems began to change significantly. PF Collins and his son Bernard, who joined the firm in 1935, welcomed these challenges as an opportunity to further expand the business. They participated in early industrial developments from the pulp and paper mills of Grand Falls and Corner Brook to the establishment of the U.S. military bases at Pepperel and Argentia. They represented the refineries at Holyrood and Come-By-Chance and the Churchill Falls Hydro development, while also including the province?s many fishing and mining interests among their clientele, not to mention St. John?s merchants and factories. By the 1970?s, Bernard J. Collins, the current company president, joined the family business and took responsibility for developing the company?s involvement in petroleum exploration activities off the coast of Newfoundland. During offshore exploration in the 1970?s, working with both operators and government legislators, he initiated many operational procedures to accommodate the then ?customs free zone? on the Continental Shelf. As the company continued to grow, it began expanding its range of services and capabilities as well as its worldwide network of agents and affiliates. At the same time, PF Collins initiated an extensive program to incorporate the latest advances in EDI technology and automation into all aspects of its operations. With the development of Newfoundland?s offshore petroleum industry, PF Collins exceeded expectations for customs brokerage and freight forwarding services, from the early days of exploration to present day developments. Today, as a result of our exemplary services, the company name has expanded into the Nova Scotia and Alberta marketplaces and is recognized worldwide. Offering professional services from customs and freight to warehousing, marine agency, project logistics and immigration consulting, PF Collins is proud of its rich heritage. Our longevity reflects an enduring commitment to providing the highest standard of professional service to every client we represent.
PF Collins provides a single source solution for all your international trade activities. Whether you import or export, or do a combination of both, our reliable, integrated trade solutions get your goods from A to B with maximum compliance and minimum hassle.
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