Bertling heads Down Under with Australia joint venture

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German-owned project forwarder Bertling Logistics has set up a joint venture with Clemenger International Freight in Australia. Clemenger Bertling Projects has a head office in Perth and a presence in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, along with a network of partners and suppliers throughout Australia.

The new joint venture will explore new business opportunities in Australia in energy, mining and construction.

It will be headed by Chris Nicholson (pictured) as general manager, who has worked at Clemenger since 2015 and brings over 35 years of experience in global freight forwarding and project logistics.

Bertling and Clemenger have been agency partners since 2015.

Bertling’s focus is on global project logistics and transport engineering solutions, while Clemenger primarily specialises in general freight forwarding and in-house customs clearance services in Australia.

It can also offer local logistics expertise, a partner network and access to modern vehicles and equipment. Bertling will bring in its global office and supplier network, a modern IT infrastructure, and a varied project expertise in Australia and neighbouring ASPAC countries, such as Singapore, China, Malaysia and Indonesia.

With in-house customs consultancy and clearance services, the JV will offer door-to-door service, advice, and documentation services.

Clemenger managing director, Michael Clemenger, said: “We are proud to have in Bertling a loyal and partner to add value and broaden our local service offering in Australia and to diversify our portfolio. We know their dedication, go-anywhere-approach and high-quality transport engineering know-how very well from our long-term collaboration and look forward to consolidating our both companies’ competences.”

Bertling Logistics chief executive, Colin MacIsaac, added ““Clemenger’s skilled team, high-quality services and wide-spread local network are well-known within Australia. We are convinced that our new JV will obtain a leading position in the Australian logistics market and that we will be ideally positioned to adequately respond to and serve the logistics need arising from the ongoing energy transition.”

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