FedEx Trade Networks continues global expansion in EMEA region

By Jeff Berman · May 5, 2011

FedEx subsidiary FedEx Trade Networks, the company’s global trade arm, said this week that it is continuing its global expansion efforts with the opening of five new offices in its Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.

Company officials said the new offices are comprised of freight forwarding operations in Le Havre, France; Barcelona, Spain; Bratislava, Slovakia; Istanbul, Turkey and Delhi, India. This expansion follows the November 2010 opening of five EMEA region offices in Budapest, Hungary; Prague, Czech Republic; Madrid, Spain; Milan, Italy; and Antwerp, Belgium. FedEx Trade Networks also has offices in the United Kingdom (Manchester and London), France (Paris), The Netherlands (Amsterdam and Rotterdam), India (Mumbai and Chennai), Mexico, Brazil, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Chinese cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Qingdao, Tianjin, Xiamen, Dalian and Ningbo, and a representative office in Vietnam.

Since 2008, FedEx Trade Networks has opened up 38 global offices along with its more than 70 locations in the United States and Canada.

FedEx said the new offices in Le Havre, Barcelona, Spain; Bratislava, Istanbul, and Delhi will provide shippers with increased access to major global markets, both inbound and outbound, as well as freight forwarding services, including the ability to track and analyze their complete supply chain and managed control of their goods in transit from point of origin to final-mile delivery.

“FedEx Trade Networks is always looking for ways to serve our customers better and we continue to evaluate new opportunities and markets that will provide our customers with greater access to the global marketplace,” a company spokesperson told LM. “Our strategy is driven by our customers’ requirements to be present in Le Havre, Barcelona, Bratislava, Istanbul and Delhi, as these five new locations offer major air and ocean gateways and, in addition, are key industrial centers.”

Other services provided for shippers by FedEx Trade Networks in its offices include Global Order Logistics, FedEx International Direct Distribution, and trade and customs advisory services, and access to the global FedEx network.

The spokesperson added that FedEx Trade Networks has staffed each of the new offices with seasoned team members with local expertise and extensive international freight forwarding knowledge. Positions range from import and export operations to management and sales. As it continues to grow, FedEx Trade Networks may seek additional team members with freight forwarding experience, and positions will be posted as they become available, the spokesperson said.

“We strive to provide our customers with the most comprehensive supply chain solutions in the industry,” said Christian Blain, newly appointed vice president of EMEA Operations, in a statement. “Giving our customers access to regional support in their local language, both globally and across EMEA, is yet another example of how we continue to do just that.”

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Jeff Berman
Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. Contact Jeff Berman

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