Rhenus takes over Aussie forwarder in Asia-Pacific expansion

The Rhenus Group announced that it will be buying up O’Brien Logistics Australia, and renaming the freight forwarding company, “Rhenus Logistics Australia.” The acquisition gives the global logistics company a fully owned subsidiary “down under,” where Rhenus hopes to expand its network of business sites across the Asia-Pacific region.

O’Brien Logistics, headquartered in Melbourne, handles air- and seafreight consignments and provides customs and warehouse services.

Rhenus plans on expanding O’Brien/Rhenus Logistics Australia’s offerings to include domestic traffic, support for imports/exports, buyers’ consolidation, and warehouse and integrated logistics solutions.

“The takeover of O’Brien and the founding of the national company to be known as Rhenus Logistics Australia enable us to cover the whole of Australia with our services,” said Jan Harnisch, Rhenus COO Ocean Freight Asia.

Australia is part of Rhenus’ regional strategy of opening a number of new business sites this year, including centers in China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

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