Kerry Logistics pushes global expansion, acquires Turkey’s ASAV

Kerry Logistics Network has acquired a majority interest in Turkey’s Asav Lojistik Hizmetleri Anonim Sirketi (ASAV) to further the expansion of its global network and strengthen its international freight forwarding (IFF) capabilities.

Building upon ASAV’s competitive advantages of established operations and a diversified mix of domestic and international customers, the acquisition will help Kerry Logistics to gain a major foothold in Turkey and further consolidate its network and capabilities in the region.

Founded in 1994 in Turkey, ASAV offers professional air, ocean and road freight to the market. ASAV has seven offices across the country, including five in Istanbul.

ASAV also has a warehouse of 452,000 sq ft in Istanbul combining bonded and non-bonded storage areas plus a bonded warehouse of 21,500 sq ft in Amsterdam.

Mathieu Biron, managing director for global freight forwarding at Kerry Logistics, said the acquisition provides opportunity to tap into the business potential of a promising market and create greater synergy with the diverse mix of customers.

“The partnership is poised to significantly boost our IFF capabilities in Turkey and enrich our resources in the Europe-Asia freight route, instrumental in helping us to further expand our IFF business worldwide,” said Biron.

Melek Karabacak, vice chairperson of ASAV, said that for the past 25 years, ASAV has built a solid foundation and a rich customer portfolio in Turkey and the region.

“We are looking forward to combining our local and regional expertise with Kerry Logistics’ global network and extensive service offerings to support our ongoing development and provide a broader range of innovative solutions to our existing and future customers,”said Karabacak.

Taking into account the positive profit growth and expansion potential in the IFF division, Kerry Logistics intends to continue to focus on expanding its IFF business both organically and through mergers and acquisitions.