Ariel was hired by 3 major shipping lines in New Zealand (Tasman Orient Line, COSCO NZ, and FESCO - HAMBURG SUD) where he gained 16 years of hands-on experience in the New Zealand shipping industry - work that involved logistics & operational tasks of ships, handling of specialized commodities, from project cargo to heavy machinery/livestock and perishable items. Through these, Ariel earned the title of being the first & only Filipino NZ customs broker, servicing major commercial trading firms and Filipino communities for their balikbayan/alisbayan boxes. In 1996, Ariel & his wife, Fe, established Philippine New Zealand Cargo Movers, which later became known as Philippine New Zealand Global Cargo, as they were already servicing "borderless" destinations around the world. The company represents Royal Asia International Courier, competing directly with big guns like DHL, TNT, and FEDEX. Ariel is married with 3 children, and his wife works at the documentation department of Toll Global Logistics.