More than 50 years ago, a man was taking his daily walk close to the border between Norway and Sweden. In beautiful surroundings, it was his favourite time of day … until he got to the border and was disturbed by what he saw there. But it was also the beginning of something great. Karl G Hansson had discovered a problem and created a solution.
Closing the gap between truck drivers and customs officers
In the early 1960s, Karl G Hansson was living very close to the border between Norway and Sweden. Daily, he watched queues of trucks building up and slowing down the border crossing. He just could not see the reason behind it. While on his daily walk, he talked to the truck drivers and the customs officers in both countries. He realised the huge gap that existed between them. He felt they lacked experience on the right legislation and how to use it, plus they did not have the flexibility or the capacity to improve the situation.
Being an entrepreneur, Mr. Hansson saw the need for a middleman and decided to establish a company. The idea was that the company should fill the gap and act as an intermediate between customs on one side, and importers and exporters on the other, in order to facilitate border-crossing procedures. And so, KGH was born!
A solid ground, built for the future
Today, more than fifty years later, KGH is the major customs broker at the border between Norway and Sweden, and an important actor in many European countries. Our skills and competence have been developed continuously to meet new demands from our customers. When it comes to customs, we always strive to be at the forefront.
Foundation of KGH
European Union is created
Company changes name to KGH Spedition
KGH opens a new office in Kiel, Germany
Procuritas acquires the company
Changes name to KGH Customs Services
KGH acquires Van Aert Douane in Belgium
KGH receives AEO certification in Sweden
KGH acquires Hannl + Hofstetter in Austria
KGH opens a new office in Hamburg, Germany
KGH acquires Kuper Douaneservice in the Netherlands and ESC Systems in Denmark
KGH opens a new office in Haparanda, Sweden
KGH celebrates its 50-year anniversary
KGH opens a new office in Håby, Sweden and in Århus, Denmark
Bridgepoint acquires the company
KGH opens new offices in Stockholm, Sweden and in Karlsruhe, Germany, as well as Marseille (France), Turin (Italy) and Prague (Czech Republic)
KGH opens new offices in Karlshamn (Sweden), Le Havre (France) and Frankfurt (Germany)
KGH acquires Atlas Spedition in Finland, Gee´s Customs Solutions in the Netherlands and Tromsø Spedisjonsservice AS in Norway
KGH acquires AOB Außenwirtschafts- und Organisationsberatung GmbH
KGH acquires SEK Zollagentur GmbH
KGH enters strategic partnership with Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES)
KGH acquires ArcticTARIFF
KGH expands into UK/Ireland with a headquarter in Manchester
KGH acquires Hermes & Richard AG in Switzerland
KGH acquires Navitro AS
A.P. Moller – Maersk acquires KGH
KGH opens a new office in Helsinki, Finland