Rhenus acquired the international freight forwarder and logistics solutions provider, Freight Logistics, headquartered in Miami, Florida, on 16 April. Freight Logistics operates its own consolidation hub located near the International Airport in Miami, and has its own offices in Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Following prior acquisitions by the Rhenus Group in Brazil and Canada, the acquisition of Freight Logistics will further strengthen the presence of Rhenus Air & Ocean in the Americas.
Freight Logistics was founded in 2001 by Gabriel de Godoy in San José, California, the heart of Silicon Valley, with the aim of providing international transportation and fulfillment services to manufacturers, distributors, systems integrators and resellers of high technology products in the United States and Latin America. Today, the company specializes in supply-chain solutions, international transportation (air & ocean), customs brokerage, compliance, warehousing and distribution. Freight Logistics is IATA-accredited and a licensed Non-Vessel Owning Common Carrier (NVOCC).
“The acquisition of Freight Logistics is an important step for us in expanding our business activities in the Americas region and follows our latest acquisition of Rodair in Canada in the beginning of 2019. These steps enable us to consolidate our network there and to serve both North America and the Latin American region from Miami as our new gateway. This will help us live up to our goal of being globally oriented and we can establish more links between the continents,” says Jörn Schmersahl, CEO of Rhenus Air & Ocean Americas.
He added that the company’s focus on high tech and IT, including the development of its own proprietary IT software and warehousing management system infrastructure, mobile applications, implementation and integration services, will complement the Rhenus activities in the region, since they have enabled Freight Logistics to have a strong position within their customer community.
“We’ve found an entrepreneurial-oriented partner in the Rhenus Group. Their worldwide network and significant industry expertise in air, ocean and contract logistics will enable us to continue creating distinctive innovative solutions for our existing and future customers in the region. This, as well as our desire for solid growth, unites us with the Rhenus Group and provides us with a springboard for our ongoing development,” said Gabriel de Godoy, CEO of Freight Logistics.
The current management team and all of its employees in the region will remain with the company, even after the acquisition by Rhenus.
The Rhenus Group is a logistics services provider with global business operations and an annual turnover of EUR 4.8 billion. Rhenus has business sites at 610 locations worldwide and employs 29,000 people. The Rhenus business areas – Contract Logistics, Freight Logistics and Port Logistics – manage complex supply chains and provide a wealth of innovative value-added services.
Photo: (f.l.t.r.) Nuno Gonçalves, Controller at Freight Logistics, Christian Luque, Director of Business Development at Freight Logistics, Christian Ryser, COO Freight Logistics, Gabriel de Godoy, CEO Freight Logistics, Jörn Schmersahl, CEO Rhenus Air & Ocean Americas, and Gustavo Barbosa, CPO Freight Logistics, in front of the Miami headquarters of Freight Logistics. Picture source: Freight Logistics.