With the takeover of SAS' air and ocean freight entities, Kerry Logistics expands its service offerings in the South African freight forwarding market, leveraged by a first-class network of agents in Africa. The new Johannesburg office will be managed as part of Kerry Logistics' Europe division.
SAS freight forwarding unit offers ocean and air freight services, including less-than-container load (LCL) and full container load (FCL), as well as break bulk services for ocean freight.
The service portfolio for air freight encompasses direct shipments, consolidation and charter services. SAS also provides customised warehousing and distribution solutions for the African market.
Kerry Logistics managing director of Europe Thomas Blank said: 'South Africa's economy has an important standing on the African continent with excellent trade lanes not only to the Chinese market but also the large exporting economies of the European Union.
'We are pleased about this great opportunity to further develop our business through this trade. We are glad to welcome the entire SAS team into the Kerry Logistics network. Their experience and local knowledge will strengthen our freight forwarding capabilities in Africa.'
SAS managing director Carla Laue added: 'SAS looks forward to joining the Kerry Logistics family and adding first-hand knowledge of the African freight forwarding market to Kerry Logistics' global network. Together, we will work to bring South Africa even closer to markets around the world.'