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3/16/2007

“Cuddles” The Spirit Bear Finds New Home At Pacific Highway Border Crossing.

Surrey, British Columbia – A & A Contract Customs Brokers Ltd., would like to officially welcome home “Cuddles” the Spirit Bear to his new permanent location at the Pacific Highway Border Crossing in South Surrey, BC.

A & A Contract Customs Brokers President, Mr. Graham Robins Jr. is extremely excited about the arrival of Cuddles and has done his best to make him feel comfortable at his new home at the South Surrey office. “He has fast become the biggest and cutest member of the A & A family,” says Graham Robins Jr. “Cuddles has been permantly mounted right outside the entrance to our office which faces the Pacific Highway Border Crossing. All Canadians and visitors entering Canada through this port of entry will be welcomed to Canada by Cuddles the Spirit Bear”. The Spirit Bears represent a breed of real bears that are only found in British Columbia’s northern forests. The rare “Spirit Bear” is widely recognized for its unique white color. A First Nation legend states that the Raven, their creator made these bears white as a reminder of the time when the world was pure and clean and covered with snow and ice blue glaciers. The Raven promised that these bears would live in peace and harmony forever.

Cuddles the Spirit Bear was purchased at an auction late last year to support the BC Lions Society’s Easter Seal Operations and the Canucks for Kids Fund. Cuddles came to Pacific Highway early this year and the news traveled quite fast that Cuddles the Spirit Bear now resides at this unique high traffic location. “It will soon become a local tourist attraction, says Rochelle Arlitt, A & A’s Community Marketing Manager. “We have hundreds of truck drivers who pass by every day and sometimes travel with their wives and children. We have had many customers and visitors alike stop by our location to take a photo with Cuddles and admire his amazing artwork.” Cuddles was specially chosen because of his prominent west coast theme that beautifies our Province's glorious features. The design shows off our crystal clear ocean waters, friendly jumping orcas, a lush green old growth forest, a magnificent bald eagle soaring overhead through the trees and snow capped mountain tops. Cuddles was designed and painted by Artist, Mr. Ken Skoda. As people pass by, they are drawn towards this awe-inspiring Bear so that they can observe every single detail that adds to its beauty.

A & A Contract Customs Brokers Ltd. would like to extend an invitation to all Surrey and Fraser Valley residents to come down to A & A’s Corporate office at the Pacific Highway Border crossing to view this spectacular display of west coast art.

A & A Contract Customs Brokers Ltd. is a Canadian owned company established in 1979. A & A Contract Customs Brokers Ltd. offers complete cross border business services including Canadian Customs Brokerage, U.S. Customs Brokerage, International Freight-Forwarding, Cross Border Shipping, Warehousing and Distribution, Customs Consulting, Compliance Reviews, Permits, and Barcode Services.

A & A continues to lead the brokerage industry with eleven offices across Canada and the U.S. A & A’s corporate office is located at the Pacific Highway Border Crossing in Surrey, British Columbia and employs over 185 staff internationally.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Rochelle Arlitt, please call 604-542-7314 or e-mail raritt@aacb.com