Forwarder Delmar expands US presence with Rotra acquisition

By Damian Brett

Canadian freight forwarder Delmar International has announced the acquisition of Rotra, LLC and Rotra Brokerage Services, Inc.

Delmar said the transaction significantly raises the capabilities and size its US footprint and workforce, which now exceeds 200 employees and operates from coast to coast with seven branches throughout the country.

Established in 1984, Rotra is a light asset logistics company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden, offering international freight forwarding, customs brokerage, and warehousing and distribution services.

Rotra services North American and European importers and exporters, with a “wide range of logistics services” on the transatlantic trade.

Delmar International chief executive, Robert Cutler, said: “Our acquisition of Rotra is a strategic opportunity for Delmar to both increase our substance in the ever-important US Midwest market and to further grow our presence in European markets. For over three decades, Rotra has successfully serviced and grown its customer base in this geographical sector.

“There is a strong cultural fit here with substantive synergy and opportunity for both entities and we couldn’t be more pleased to incorporate their family into ours.”

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