Rhenus Group swoops on Brazilian forwarder to strengthen regional presence

The Rhenus Group has taken over Brazil-based freight forwarder and customs broker Pirâmide SeaAir in part to help speed up the flow of goods into and out of the country.
The German logistics group said that Pirâmide SeaAirhas been operating as a licenced customs clearance broker for more than 20 years and has developed its own customs clearance software.
This will provide "greater efficiency in providing advice and completing customs clearance for imports and exports".
The company also offers classic freight forwarding services.
Rhenus Air & Ocean Europe & Americas chief executive Jörn Schmersahl said: “Customs clearance for imports is a major focus of operations in Brazil. It often determines whether goods are handled smoothly in conjunction with the public authorities or not.
"As a result of the customs clearance expertise available at Pirâmide SeaAir, we’ll be able to offer our customers here special time benefits and value added in future."
The company said it was also looking to strengthen its presence in the Central and South America region.
"Brazil is a growth engine and generates about half the economic power in South America. We’re sure that Brazil will not only be important for exporting investment and consumer goods in future, but also become increasingly significant as a production site and regional centre," Schmersahl added.
The Brazilian company will initially operate in the market place using the Rhenus-Piramide brand.
Last year the forwarder also made a purchase in Australia and expanded operations in the Asia Pacific region.
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