European freight forwarder strengthens its global Air & Sea network with office in Christchurch. European freight forwarder Gebrüder Weiss has opened a new representative office for air and sea freight services this month in Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island.
This is the second location, after Auckland, that the Vienna-headquartered transport and logistics service provider has opened this year in New Zealand, “further evidence of the company’s work to further expand its local network ‘Down Under’ and in the East Asia/Oceania region”.
Michael Zankel, Regional Manager East Asia/Oceania at Gebrüder Weiss, commented: “The company’s expansion to New Zealand and Australia was yet another milestone in our strategy for the Asia/Pacific region. We made a good start to our market entry in the southern hemisphere in July this year and are very happy, just a few months later, to be able to offer another location.
“Gebrüder Weiss now has a presence in the most important economic regions of the island nation, being able to offer customized solutions for door-to-door transports in the Air & Sea area and for project orders.”
The primary focus here is on imports from the USA, Europe, and, above all, from Asian markets such as China and Japan, the firm said.
It stressed that New Zealand’s economy remained “a very robust one with a wide range of different industries, the most important ones continuing to be the agricultural and forestry sector as well as the technology sector, which has been booming for years. In addition to food processing and mechanical engineering, the Christchurch metropolitan area is home to an electronics industry cluster.”
Gebrüder Weiss has been handling air and sea freight transports via its own locations in Australia and New Zealand since July 2020. The company has a total of 19 employees representing its interests in Auckland and now Christchurch, New Zealand, as well as in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney.
With more than 7,300 employees worldwide, 150 company-owned locations and an annual turnover of €1.7 billion, Gebrüder Weiss ranks among Europe’s leading transport and logistics companies.