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Sergei Ignatenko,
ESTMA founder

It is a small piece with a big message that I really believe – the most successful people don’t sit around waiting for good things to just magically happen to them, they make it their business to make the best deal for themselves, in all areas of life.

Sergei Ignatenko, ESTMA founder.

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Company history

ESTMA, the Estonian Maritime Agency was established on May 18, 1990 as the first privately owned maritime agency in the Former Soviet Union. Today ESTMA is one of the largest enterprises in the Baltics in its sphere of action.

Throughout the 1990s and recent years ESTMA has expanded its services and assets, opening the Parnu Branch office in 1991 offering ship agency, chartering, and freight forwarding services in the Port of Parnu. Since 1994 ESTMA Terminal offers full bonded warehouse services and since 2002 ESTMA acts as a Shore Excursion Agency for cruise ships.

On May 18th 2005 ESTMA is celebrating its 15th consecutive year of dedicated and outstanding service to its customers.

Today, ESTMA is one of Estonia’s largest enterprises in its field of business, offering a wide range of shipping and foreign trade services.

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Highlights

    May 18, 1990 ESTMA founded and is the first privately owned maritime agency in the Former Soviet Union

    1991 ESTMA starts to operate in the Port of Pärnu, offering ship agency, chartering, and freight forwarding services.

    1994 ESTMA Terminal Ltd starts operations to offer full bonded warehouse services.

    1995 ESTMA becomes the shareholder of Port of Pärnu.

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Highlights

17.06.1997 ESTMA expands it’s operations in Latvia, SIA ESTMA starts operations in port of Riga, offering port agency, worldwide freight forwarding, warehousing, customs broker and airfreight services.

1998 ESTMA acquires Hara, a former navy port in Estonia.

1999 All business units of ESTMA qualify for ISO 9001 Certificate for global logistics.

May 18, 2000 ESTMA celebrates it’s first successful decade.

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Highlights

2000 ESTMA acts as a Shore Excursion Agency for cruise ships.

2002 ESTMA expands its operations to provide Airfreight services.

2003 ESTMA expands it’s operations in Latvia, SIA ESTMA starts operations in ports of Ventspils and Liepaja, offering port agency, worldwide freight forwarding and travel services.

2003 ESTMA expands it’s co-operation with “SDV International Logistics” group and becomes authorised agent of “SDV International Logistics” group in Estonia and Latvia.

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Highlights

2004 SIA ESTMA in Latvia becomes a member of NALSA — National Association of Shipbrokers and Shipping Agents.

23.08.2004 ESTMA OU expands it’s port agency operations in Estonia and starts operations in port of Sillamae, offering port agency, worldwide freight forwarding services, customs broker and airfreight services.

In 2004 ESTMA expands it’s operations in Russia, OOO ESTMA Russia starts operations in port of St.Petersburg.

2005 ESTMA expands it’s operations in Russia, in cooperation with reliable local partner ESTMA starts operations in port of Kaliningrad, offering port agency services.

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Highlights

November 2005 ESTMA expands it’s operations in Russia, OOO ESTMA Russia starts operations in Ekaterinburg.

19.07.2006 ESTMA expands it’s operations in Lithuania, UAB ESTMA starts operation in port of Klaipeda, Kaunas and Vilnius.

2006 ESTMA Travel department expands it’s operations in Baltic states and starts with incoming tourism activities.

2007 UAB ESTMA in Lithuania becomes a member of LLMAA — The Lithuanian Shipbrokers and Agents Association.

18.05.2007 ESTMA Terminal Ltd. in Tallinn opens new covered warehouse increasing total owned covered storage area capacity of warehouse complex up to 7500 sqm.

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Highlights

29.09.2007 ESTMA expands it’s operations in China, ESTMA China starts operations in Beijing.

2007 ESTMA Airfreight department staff fully certified as per IATA requirements and applying for IATA Cargo Agent certificate.

2010 May 18 — Celebrating 20 years.

2011 June 13 — 10000 client served.