WTA History

We have over 110 years of experience in logistics.

Founded in 1913 by Ernest Sommer, our longevity is built on our ability to adapt and drive innovation, combined with our customer-first approach to our business strategy. 
Together they create the WTA magic.

WTA is established by Ernest Sommer
Ernest Sommer
The Industrial World says, “Transport paves the way for commerce, it is the lifeblood of industry… the World Transport Agency Ltd. under the Chairmanship of Mr Ernest Sommer, has made vast strides since its inception in 1913.”
Ownership transferred to John Sommer. During this period, WTA rapidly becomes a multimodal forwarder and establishes valuable relationships with partners in Europe, Canada, Australia and Ghana.
WTA Continues to expand across the globe, launching new servies to the USA, Far East, New Zealand, Spain and Portugal.
WTA is restructured to focus on freight management services and all systems are fully computerised across its global network.
After 44 years as Chairman, John Sommer hands over the reins to his sons, Charles and Paul. The focus shifts away from operations to more customer-focused services.
WTA is recognised by the British International Freight Awards for Australian Services, Training and Education, Logistics & Distribution and Airfreight. WTA also becomes an Investor in People.
WTA opens up in Hong Kong, and the following year the Shanghai office opens up.
WTA USA opens in Chicago.
WTA Group celebrates 100 years of managing international freight. Rochelle and John Sommer, fourth generation of the Sommer family join the WTA Group board.
WTA is announced Family Business of the Year by Family Business United. It continues to expand its presence in China and a new office opens up in Shenzhen.
WTA Group launches WTA Control Tower.
WTA Group board announce that Charles Sommer is the new WTA Group President and Mike Bor joins the team as Non-Executive Chairman.
A new WTA Group management structure is unveiled with a newly appointed WTA Group Executive, led by the Co-CEO's John & Rochelle Sommer.

WTA: here for the journey.
Helping businesses create history across the globe.


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