The Rhenus Group is to purchase Australia-based freight forwarding company O’Brien Customs and Forwarding. The company will open its own national Australian company ‘Rhenus Logistics Australia’.
O’Brien currently handles air and sea freight consignments, as well as providing customs and warehouse services. The Rhenus Group is to expand these services by including: domestic traffic, support for imports/exports, buyers’ consolidation as well as 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. “As a result of the acquisition, we’re gaining experienced employees with local expertise for the global operations of the Air & Ocean business unit at Rhenus Freight Logistics too.”
The purchase is part of Rhenus’ expansion strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. Rhenus will open a number of sites this year in China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.