Rhenus buys Brazilian customs clearance broker


The Rhenus Group has grown its Brazilian network through the acquisition of Pirâmide SeaAir Comércio Exterior. In addition to the company headquarters in the major city of São Paulo, Pirâmide SeaAir has branches at Guarulhos and Viracopos airports as well as the port of Santos.

Pirâmide SeaAir has been operating as a licensed customs clearance broker for more than 20 years and has developed its own customs clearance software for this purpose. The purchase expands on Rhenus’ core freight forwarding services in the region.

Jörn Schmersahl, CEO of Rhenus Air & Ocean Europe & Americas, said: “Customs clearance for imports is a major focus of operations in Brazil. It often determines whether goods are handled smoothly in conjunction with the public authorities or not. As a result of the customs clearance expertise available at Pirâmide SeaAir, we’ll be able to offer our customers here special time benefits and value added in future.”

The Rhenus Group is now focussing on strengthening its presence in Central and South America following its growth in Asia during the past few years.

The Brazilian company will initially operate in the market place using the Rhenus-Piramide brand. The first shipments through the European LCL gateway in Hilden started in January 2018.

Source: Rhenus