Kerry Logistics buys South Africa’s S.A.S.
Kerry Logistics has bought Shipping and Airfreight Services (S.A.S.), a freight forwarding and logistics company based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The new Johannesburg office will be managed as part of Kerry Logistics’ Europe division.
Established 30 years ago, S.A.S. provides a range of 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 cargoes. The service portfolio for air freight cargoes encompasses direct air freight shipments, consolidation, and charter services. S.A.S. also provides customised warehousing and distribution solutions to guarantee reliable services in the complex African market.
Thomas Blank, Managing Director of Europe, Kerry Logistics, 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 S.A.S. team into the Kerry Logistics network. Their experience and local knowledge will strengthen our freight forwarding capabilities in Africa.”
Over the past year, Kerry Logistics has been growing its network and services under the Belt and Road initiative and expanded its presence in nine countries across Central Asia. In Europe, Kerry Logistics enhanced its footprint with acquisitions in Spain, Germany, Italy, and opening of its first own office in Warsaw, Poland.