GAC has expanded its shipping, logistics and marine services’ operational footprint in Belgium by acquiring the port agency business of Ahlers Belgium NV.
Ahlers Belgium specializes in logistics processes and operations by sea and land, operating warehouses in Antwerp and Ghent.
The company was part of the Ahlers Group which is present in 15 countries in Europe, Russia & CIS, Asia and Africa.
Ahlers assists customers in optimizing their transport flows through the active use of data analytics and digital platforms.
The transfer of the agency activities is a “strategic choice”, according to the Ahlers group.
Ivo Verheyen, the GAC Group’s Vice President – Europe, said: “The GAC family in Belgium, throughout Europe and around the world welcomes the Ahlers Belgium agency team aboard.
“With them, we look forward to expanding our services in and around the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region.
“For the last three years, GAC Belgium has specialized in agency and dry bulk services at all of the country’s ports.
“With our new colleagues, we are determined to continue to deliver the highest levels of service and local knowledge that our clients can rely on.”
Roel Vanmaele, Managing Director of Ahlers Belgium NV, added: “This transfer is part of a drive to sharpen Ahlers’ focus on supply chain management and logistics.
“With its global network and local relationships, GAC is extremely well positioned to serve the port agency business in Antwerp.
“Our two companies have worked successfully and productively together for a number of years and will continue to do so in areas of joint interest.”