Information published on 1 July 2014 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 406.

Germany: DB Schenker increases its presence in Africa

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New set-up in Angola – First branch office in Mozambique

DB Schenker Logistics is expanding its presence in Africa. Effective June 1, 2014, former partner Bochimar, Lda has been integrated into the DB Schenker network, after nine years of a strong and growing partnership. And in Mozambique, DB Schenker has established a branch office, located in Maputo.

“In line with our growth strategy, we continue to intensify our own presence in interesting markets,” says Dr Thomas Lieb, Chairman of the Schenker AG Board of Management and responsible for the worldwide business of DB Schenker Logistics. “We are convinced that future growth in the global economy will also come from Africa.”
In 2005, DB Schenker in Portugal was nominated as the responsible organisation for all shipments to and from Angola, on a global level. In 2013, DB Schenker and Bochimar handled over 3,400 containers of ocean freight and over 1,100 tonnes in air freight.
“This process will fortify our presence in Angola and will guarantee innovative and cost-efficient transport and logistics solutions from one source,” says Philippe Gilbert, Regional Director Region Europe West, DB Schenker Logistics, also responsible for countries in Western Africa. “We will continue our current focus on trades between Europe and Angola, and we will certainly expand our service offering into Oil and Gas activities.”

Branches in Luanda and Lobito, and cooperation in Namibe, Soyo and Cabinda have allowed DB Schenker to create a strong national network that meets the needs of the customers. The services provided encompass Air and Ocean Freight solutions, project services, domestic land freight with own fleet and customs clearance with an onsite broker.

Additionally, effective June 1, 2014 DB Schenker has established a branch office in Mozambique, located in Maputo. A regional partner agreement ended on May 31, 2014. The DB Schenker office in Mozambique is a branch office of Schenker South Africa (Pty) Ltd. It is operated independently from the South African organisation and in accordance with Mozambique laws and regulations. The office in the capital city Maputo is ready to handle all in and out-bound Air and Ocean freight shipments as well as Oil and Gas projects.

(Source: DB Schenker)