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INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION COMPANY WEATHERS HURRICANE ANDREW- ALERT FRITZ KEEPS COMMERCE MOVING FOR LATIN AMERICA

 INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION COMPANY WEATHERS HURRICANE ANDREW-
 ALERT FRITZ KEEPS COMMERCE MOVING FOR LATIN AMERICA
 MIAMI, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Fritz Companies Inc. was able to minimize disruption of cargo movements despite office damages from Hurricane Andrew. Full operations at Fritz Miami resumed Friday morning, less than 96 hours after the catastrophe.
 Upon receiving warnings of Hurricane Andrew, Fritz' executives in Miami acted proactively to minimize potential losses. Fritz' Director of Latin America, Ralph Gazitua, appointed a task force to take preventative measures and organize a recovery plan if necessary. Hours before the storm hit Miami, Fritz promptly authorized two chartered flights to move cargo to Latin America to avoid backlogs.
 The facility in Miami lost 10 percent of its roof, which left the office and documents exposed to the wind and rain. Fritz immediately contracted a roofing company from Tampa, Florida, to work around the clock to repair the roof, which was completed by Wednesday. Wet documents were moved into the Fritz cold-storage facility for dehydration. Fritz' investment in a modern state-of-the-art racking system prevented water damage to cargo stored in their 178,000 square- foot warehouse. Special security forces were enlisted Monday morning to prevent looting.
 As Hurricane Andrew left the Miami area without power, Fritz brought in a 1,500 square-foot mobile office space, three portable 9,000 watt generators and hooked up 20 computer terminals, linking the office to Fritz' automated international system for transportation, allowing operations to be resumed within 24 hours.
 While the U.S. Customs in Miami and the Miami International Airport were temporary inoperative, Fritz utilized its extensive network of 65 offices nationwide to redirect time-sensitive shipments that were originally bound for Latin America via the Fritz Miami gateway. On Wednesday, 48 hours after the hurricane swept through Miami, Fritz began receiving freight through the Miami gateway. Fritz was the first forwarder/broker in the area devastated by the storm to resume operations.
 Founded in 1933 and headquartered in San Francisco, Fritz' global network of offices and affiliates encompasses more than 150 cities. Serving more than 20,000 clients, including many of the fortune 1,000 companies, Fritz is highly reputable as a pioneer in providing seamless, integrated logistics services on a worldwide basis.
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 /CONTACT: Andrea Goffstein, 415-904-8601, or Ralph Gazitua, 305-597-5621, both of Fritz Cos./ CO: Fritz Companies ST: California IN: TRN SU:


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