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LONDON: August 09, 2018. Rhinos Group's Irish division has reached an agreement to acquire Avant Air and Sea, as it looks to expand its presence within Ireland. The company specialises in temperature-controlled and pharmaceutical shipments as well as hazardous consignments.

Avant Air and SeaHeadquartered in Dublin, Avant has been providing sea and air freight services and cross-border services for imports and exports since 1990. In addition to its headquarters in Ireland, it operates branches in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Avant Air and Sea is an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) and is also certified according to the Dangerous Goods (DG) and Good Distribution Practice (GDP) guidelines published by IATA. The company will now operate within the Rhenus Group under the name Avant Rhenus. The Rhenus-Group’s presence in Ireland dates back more than 30 years, when it was part of Hamann International, which was integrated into the Rhenus-Group in 2006.

“We’ve found a customer-oriented partner in the Rhenus Group and it will enable us to continue developing our services for our existing and future customers due to its global network and its comprehensive expertise,” said Avant managing director David Warren.

“Avant Air and Sea is a company with a strong focus on customer relations as well as providing important services for the air and sea freight sector and it will make an important contribution to the ongoing growth of the Rhenus Group. We’re delighted to be able to continue developing the Rhenus business activities in Ireland together with Avant,” added Jörn Schmersahl, Managing Director of Rhenus Air and Ocean Europe, giving the reasons for the acquisition.

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