Rhenus UK celebrated the loading of its first consolidated container to Toronto, an important milestone in the freight forwarding specialist’s expansion into the Canadian market.
The shipment follows the Rhenus’ announcement of a new partnership with ICECORP, one of Canada’s most widely recognised logistics providers. With a network of nine facilities across Canada, ICECORP will serve as an official strategic partner for Rhenus in North America.
The service to Toronto, via Liverpool and Halifax, Nova Scotia, takes 10 days. Once in Toronto, the goods are cleared and distributed across Canada via ICECORP’s industry-leading distribution network.
Founded in 1989, ICECORP now employs more than 150 people and provides a comprehensive air and ocean network to the North American market. With sites in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, ICECORP’s overland network also provides valuable links to key US locations including Chicago and Los Angeles.
The full-suite of services offered by ICECORP includes warehousing and distribution, customs brokerage, events and global project logistics and drop shipping. ICECORP also supplies a number of niche services, such as a logistics service for trade shows, consumer shows, conventions and conferences.
Speaking of the new service, David Williams, managing director of Rhenus UK, said: “Our new partnership with ICECORP marks a very important milestone for Rhenus’ operations in North America. The success of establishing the partnership in a relatively short timeframe, and of the first departure, is a real testament to the hard work and dedication of both the Rhenus and ICECORP teams.
“The new partnership is exciting not just for Rhenus in the UK, but also for the broader global Rhenus network. We’re looking forward to working closely with ICECORP in the coming months and further developing our relationship.”
The deal with ICECORP is the latest in a string of exciting developments for Rhenus UK, which includes the announcement of a new state-of-the-art facility at Port Salford, Manchester, and the acquisition of Australian logistics specialist O’Brien Customs and Forwarding.