What way will the AFL ac­qui­si­tion boost Dachser’s ex­pan­sion plans in In­dia?

Cargo Talk - - Freight Forwarder -

Reuter: We have had a close work­ing re­la­tion­ship with In­dia for the last 30 years, which has in­ten­si­fied even more over the past two decades. We had been part­ners with AFL for many years, af­ter which we de­cided to take over. This is what we nor­mally do – we look for part­ners and work with them for some years, so that we know each other well. Then, we go and ac­quire a stake in it. We do not ven­ture into any­thing with­out know­ing any­one. It is like a mar­riage.

Podesta: There was al­most no tran­si­tion re­quired when we ac­quired AFL. Part of the com­pany’s shares were for­malised, but the for us as Dachser has a clear long-term vi­sion and strat­egy for In­dia. Any more part­ner­ships or JVs in In­dia do not make sense right now. We al­ready have a very ex­pan­sive net­work in In­dia with 26 of­fices and more than 500 em­ploy­ees. So, in the present sce­nario, we are not look­ing at in­creas­ing our net­work here, since we feel, we are al­ready present in all the im­por­tant cities in In­dia.

Podesta: In In­dia, we do not see the ne­ces­sity to put more flags on the map. We would only con­sider do­ing so if one of our cus­tomers re­quires us to be present in a spe­cific area. We even cover some tier-II and tier-III cities. Right now, we are com­mit­ted to strength­en­ing our net­work by bring­ing more busi­ness in.

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