Rhenus Group expands its Fresh logistics services into Greater China and Asia

Singapore freight forwarders – Star Concord
01-Nov-2023

Rhenus Group is extending its expertise in perishable cargo logistics to better support Greater China and Asia, tapping on the region’s growing demand for fresh products. The company will set up a team of experts, as part of Rhenus Fresh, to manage the transportation of fresh cargo between Greater China, Europe and LATAM, in particular Chile.

Rhenus Chile’s major trade with Asia for fresh perishables highlights the increasing market demand, particularly for fruits shipped to China and meat to Hong Kong via air freight. Notably, Chile holds a pioneering status in global salmon exports to China. This diverse range of perishable exports showcases the versatility and strategic approach of Rhenus to catering to various international markets.

Greater China is a major import destination for fresh products. According to Seabury’s data, in 2022, the import volume of fresh goods via air freight in Greater China stood at 528,629 tons, far exceeding the export volume of 13,483 tons. Key countries of import include Thailand, the United States, Spain, France, Italy, Australia, the Netherlands and Norway. The situation is similar in terms of the import volume of fresh goods via ocean freight, which stood at 1,084,924 tons, significantly above the export volume of 797,571 tons.

Rhenus Greater China, which was established in 2002, will provide specialised support through time-critical and temperature-controlled services for fresh and frozen produce transportation. Key trade lanes will include China to Europe, LATAM as well as China to the rest of Asia, and vice versa.

“As a leading logistics provider, we recognise the immense potential and opportunities within this sector of fresh and perishable goods. With our extensive global network and the expertise of our specialised team for fresh goods in North-West Europe, we will be able to seamlessly handle the transportation of perishable cargo on a global scale.” says Cliff Xu, CEO of Rhenus Air & Ocean, Greater China.

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Author: Edward Hardy