A Message from Sedat Saka, President of MTS Logistics:

First, I want to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday season.

2016 is coming to an end. In just a few weeks, we will be celebrating the New Year, and 2017 will be on everyone’s mind. I wanted to take a few minutes to speak about the success and growth of MTS Logistics this past year, and look to the future.

There’s no doubt that 2016 was a difficult year for the shipping industry. We all watched as the Hanjin Shipping meltdown occurred and wondered what would come next.

As a veteran of the shipping industry and someone who has watched the shipping world closely over the years, I am more optimistic than ever about the shipping industry – even after watching the events of 2016 take place. I believe the problems in the shipping industry have bottomed-out and that the best days of the industry are ahead of us. There is, indeed, a light at the end of the tunnel.

2016 was a great year for MTS Logistics. I am very grateful for all the success we have enjoyed this year, as our TEU growth reached 23%. I wanted to say thank you to our most-valuable asset: the MTS Logistics team – our people, and acknowledge the value that internal and external training sessions have provided them.

In the past year, we launched a groundbreaking computer program, which allowed us to offer the best work and service to all our customers, and pave the way to be 100% paperless by the end of 2017. We also released our book, The Book on Autism, with 100% of proceeds funding autism research through charity Spectrum Works. Additionally, our blog MoreThanShipping.com continued to see a large, sustained growth in readership month after month.

In 2017, our charity work will continue and our growth will accelerate as we move into new markets and navigate the waters of the post-2016 meltdown shipping industry. Our blog will continue to grow and unlock new insight on the shipping and logistics industry for our readers.

Thank you again to all our MTS Logistics employees, our customers – who have supported us during good times and bad, our vendors, and industry veterans who assisted us along the way. Happy Holidays to all and see you in 2017!