Rhenus expands in Brazil with Piramide SeaAir acquisition

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Rhenus Group has expanded its presence in Brazil by taking over Piramide SeaAir Comercio Exterior as part of its global expansion plans.

Piramide has been operating as a licenced customs clearance broker for more than 20 years and has developed its own customs clearance software for this purpose.

Rhenus says it can now not only operate classic freight forwarding services, but also offer greater efficiency in providing advice and completing customs clearance for imports and exports.

Rhenus chief executive officer of air & ocean Europe & Americas, Jorn Schmersahl says: “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.”

Piramide has its headquarters in Sao Paulo and has branches at Guarulhos and Viracopos airports as well as the port of Santos, and will operate under the Rhenus-Piramide brand.

Rhenus Group is strengthening its presence in Central and South America following growth in Asia, with Schmersahl saying: “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.”