Flexport launches recruitment drive as it opens new German office

Flexport's Ryan Petersen

Flexport has opened a new office in Hamburg, Germany, and will recruit more than 100 employees over the next three years to fill positions at the facility.
The new office will be the company’s second European station and comes as the forwarder has set an ambitious revenue growth target of 300% for 2018.
The Hamburg office will be led by Janis Bargsten, Flexport’s director of accounts in the Germany, Austria and Switzerland region.
"With offices in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta and Shenzhen, the company’s eighth global office in Hamburg is evidence of its commitment to putting sales and operations teams closer to its German, Austrian and Swiss clients and supply chain partners," Flexport said in a statement.
Flexport said it had selected Hamburg as the site of its new office as the city is home to Germany’s largest seaport, has an "exceptional talent pool" and will enable the company to solidify its relationships with local service providers, "working together to reach clients more quickly and efficiently".
Flexport chief executive and founder Ryan Petersen said: "Having a presence in this city brings us closer to our freight operations and our clients.
"We already move considerable volumes of freight through Hamburg’s major logistics gateways every year, so establishing a local presence will make doing business cheaper.
"Hamburg gives us additional access to air, land and sea, plus some of the country’s best and brightest talent."
The company will be looking to hire around 15 staff in the first three months.
In a recent interview with Air Cargo News (to be published in the February print edition), Flexport head of airfreight Neel Jones Shah revealed that the forwarder was hoping to grow revenues by around 300% in 2018.
This, along with a general shortage of airfreight capacity during the peak, was one of the reason it launched a transpacific charter operation late last year.
In October, the company raised $110m in series C funding to help fund expansion.
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