Fairn & Swanson Inc. has forged a path in the travel retail industry, since the company began supplying duty-free products to ships. From those early days, providing vessels in the Port of San Francisco, to its current position as a premier duty-free wholesaler and retailer in North America, F&S has been a leader in the travel retail industry. Since long before the term "travel retail" was coined, F&S has supplied travelers with high quality branded products.


In the first 30 years after its founding in 1949, F&S supplied mostly duty-free products to ships docking at ports in the San Francisco Bay area. During this time, F&S built its reputation based on trust, reliability and mutual respect with customers and vendors.



F&S was purchased by the current owners after the retirement of the last company founder in 1979. Building on the same core values of the original founders, F&S has become one of the largest wholesalers and retailers in the American duty-free and travel retail industry.

Today, F&S supplies international travelers, including passengers and crew, from fishing vessels leaving the Port of Seattle for the Bering Sea, commercial freighters returning to Shanghai from the Port of Los Angeles, to cruise liners traveling through the Caribbean islands, as well as visitors driving to Mexico or Canada after a visit to the United States.

At the same time, F&S has expanded its product lines from duty-free liquor and tobacco to a wide variety of brand name consumer products, including beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as prepackaged foods, health and personal care products, and other daily necessities.

Companies partnering with F&S can rely on more than 60 years of experience and time-honored values to help them capitalize on groundbreaking and untapped opportunities in the travel retail market.