Simon Smith is president of Victoria’s King Bros. Ltd., which has helped goods and products move in and out of the local region for a century.

Century-old Ships Agency and Brokerage firm helps goods flow

Local knowledge makes a difference for Island businesses, individuals

Shopping locally isn’t only about supporting local growers or the neighbourhood mechanic instead of the multinational competitor.

Sometimes keeping things local means harnessing the knowledge and understanding a 100-year-old business has gained from providing continuous import and clearance services to the local community.

It’s what’s kept King Bros. Limited helping goods and products move in and out of the local region for generations, says President Simon Smith, with the company for 26 years.

Beginning in 1911 as a ships agent serving the port of Victoria, King Bros. has grown into a full-service Customs Brokerage and Marine Agency. An independent company, King Bros. provides service to clients in Victoria, all over Vancouver Island, and beyond.

As Customs Brokers, the family-founded company provides a complete range of import and logistics services on par with any national broker for clients at any port across Canada. As Port Agents, King Bros. provides first-class service and support not only within the port of Victoria, but also to most other ports on Vancouver Island.

If you have questions about what taxes or duties you’ll need to pay, for example, or the implications of Free Trade on what you’re shipping or importing, they can answer that!

But it’s not only businesses that use King Bros.’ services. Individuals will often contact them about importing vehicles or boats, for example.

“We provide that level of personalized service and the peace of mind that if you have a question or concern, we’re there for you,” Smith notes.

Expertise close to home

Despite their longevity and reputation, some in the local business community – or among the general public – don’t realize they have these kinds of options close to home.

Why is that important?

  1. Island expertise: “Quite simply, we understand how Island logistics work,” Smith says. Local businesses face different logistical challenges than those on the mainland, and King Bros. understands these needs.
  2. Reputation for customer service: As a longstanding community business, ethical business practices are a big part of King Brothers’ success and longevity. “We have many long-term clients, including many who have been in the community for as long as we have, and we care about their concerns,” Smith notes.
  3. Local supports local: You’re helping to support a local business that in turn supports its employees, other local businesses and the greater community.

Learn more about King Brothers at kibro.com or call them at 250-384-1174 to see how the local brokerage can connect you with the world.

 

Beginning in 1911 as a ships agent serving the port of Victoria, King Bros. has grown into a full-service Customs Brokerage and Marine Agency.

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