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Scan Global buys UK forwarder Horizon International

[ October 11, 2021   //   ]

Copenhagen-based logistics forwarder, Scan Global Logistics has acquired UK-based air and sea forwarder Horizon International Cargo. It gives the Nordic company its first ever presence in the UK, along with 150 Horizon’s staff in five countries.

Scan Global said the Horizon operation would remain unaltered and play an essential role in expanding its presence in key verticals such as retail, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and relief goods.

Scan Global’s executive vice-president for corporate development, Ragnar Dalen, added that the move would also fill a significant gap in SGL’s global footprint, saying: “The new locations are important pillars in our strategic growth plans, not only in the UK but also in the rest of the world. Horizon’s offices in Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, and the US will further strengthen our existing set-ups and help us reach our goals in these countries. Furthermore, we are excited to help our customers uncomplicate the increased complexities in the aftermath of Brexit through the vast experience of Horizon’s import and export customs departments.”

Horizon International Cargo chairman, Nigel Davies, added: “From the outset, the cultural fit between our two companies was very evident. This, combined with the synergies of our respective operational footprints, makes a perfect platform to take advantage of the exciting opportunities ahead. We very much look forward to our future with SGL, remaining every bit as focused on providing customers with the dedicated service, care, and flexibility they have come to expect from Horizon over the years.”

SGL recently bought New Zealand freight forwarder, Orbis Global Logistics. It has also opened an office in Dijon, six months after the opening of its first fully-owned French operation in Lille.