Dubai-headquartered Aramex has acquired 25 per cent stake in WS One General Trading (WS1), a UAE parcel consolidation firm operating out of Ohio, United States.

The deal is valued at AED9m ($2.4m).

WS1 consolidates and ships packages to over 20 countries from its central warehouse in Ohio. It maintains low ownership of warehouse and transportation assets and works with global courier partners, a strategy that is understood to help reduce customer delivery costs.

Forty per cent of WS1 customers are currently using Aramex, a company statement said.

The deal, added the statement, will strengthen Aramex’s e-commerce business and support its mission of facilitating enhanced cross-border trade. “It complements our existing international shipping service… and presents opportunities for us to further expand our e-commerce proposition,” Hussein Hachem, Aramex chief executive, said in a statement.