Rhenus_PlaneRhenus Logistics UK has announced that it is extending the range of its services to Japan, including for the automotive sector.

The freight forwarder has increased the frequency of its air and ocean freight routes to improve UK and European gateways to global markets. Rhenus currently operates across 12 different locations in the UK and Ireland, and has plans to grow further after recently opening a facility at Heathrow.

It now operates weekly ocean route departures and five air freight consolidations per week, with the majority of services going to key destinations in Tokyo and Osaka. Rhenus UK manages the business from its four main hubs located in Manchester, Bradford, Cannock and Basildon from where it offers services for both full container load and less-than container loads (LCL).

A spokesperson for Rhenus told Automotive Logistics, “Rhenus regularly handles automotive business to Japan, with its main commodities in aftermarket parts as well as bespoke parts. It also exports automotive parts for Formula Nippon race teams and has a wealth of experience moving full cars via its reliable air and ocean services.”
In expanding the range of services Rhenus said it has had to consider Japanese business culture, including the difficulty for foreign companies to work in Japan. The company has now developed frequent routes from the UK to all major ports and airports in Japan.

Spencer Davern, general manager at Rhenus Heathrow, said: "We're really pleased with the development of our service to Japan. Our continued relations in the country are testament to the efficient service we deliver here at Rhenus and we are looking forward to further expanding our network in Japan and across Asia."