What is today an integral company in the logistics field, came into existence at the start of 1940 in the port of Valparaíso, through the work of its founder Mr. Oscar Perrot Salcedo.
He began his career distributing ice, essential for the preservation of food, between the “Luis Arteaga” cold storage facility and the cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar.
Later, along with the Administration of the cold storage facility, the first integration of the company takes place, unifying the activities of Cold Storage and Ice Distribution.
This is how a new opportunity was discovered, the transport of fruit stored in the cold storage facility to the ships that carried the first hundreds of thousands of crates from this port to the rest of the world.
The next step was a natural one, the transport of loose import and export cargo was needed. Then, the cargo received at the port was transferred to the main industrial centers of Santiago.
With the arrival of the first containers in the country, there was a great revolution in the Transportation Industry. In the 1970s, EMPRESAS PERROT successfully tackled this challenge, which changed the way we handled the cargo entrusted to us by our clients.
It would be those same clients, national and multinational, from various industries, who, seeking to expand their commercial horizons in the 80s, created the right conditions to join the conquest of the MERCOSUR countries. Thus began our stage of international transport, which led us to open offices and settle in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo, continuing to grow, gaining ground and experience beyond our borders.
In this same decade, the 80s, in light of the launching of large infrastructure investment projects, we began to provide transportation for different large-scale projects.
Along with the arrival of the new millennium, we took on a new challenge: Develop a new concept of in-house International Trade Logistics Operator services. Then, MERCOMEX was born, which coordinates all activities, from Export Planning, to following-up on cargo arrivals across the world, including transport to ports.
In the case of imports, our work began with supporting the generation of contracts and purchase orders, through the transport of cargo from ports and airports to its acceptance at distribution centers and factories.
The company’s development was sustained, therefore, it became necessary to have a transit warehouse for our clients’ merchandise. We began with the first 1,000 m2 in the year 2000, and currently administer more than 12,000 m2, with high standards of quality control, hygiene and safety.