Sunday, September 20, 2015

New Office for Heavy Lift Freight and Breakbulk Cargo Operator to Reinforce Presence in Korea

Twenty Year Association Leads to Further Commitment for Out of Gauge Group
Shipping News Feature

SOUTH KOREA - Global breakbulk and heavy lift operator AAL has opened a new office in the country’s capital Seoul confirming its commitment to strengthening its infrastructure across key markets for out of gauge and project cargo. AAL is headquartered in Singapore and is a member of the Schoeller group and the company has now been servicing the Korean freight market since its inception 20 years ago. Jae Hong Kim, Representative Director of AAL Korea observed:

“Korea is a pivotal Asian market for our global clients. With two decades of working locally, we understand our customers’ needs and, through our bespoke tramp and regular liner services, offer flexibility, efficiency and reliability. We also provide open access to key global markets and a single-minded commitment to safe and efficient cargo handling.”

Following the appointment of an owners’ representative in the country in 2005, which established a local presence, the new AAL office will add further commercial and technical capabilities to support the company’s growing global operations and to provide its customers with more value added services. Wolfgang Harms, Deputy Managing Director of AAL and its Chief Representative in the North Asia Region explained:

“Establishing AAL Korea was the next logical step for us in the region, and bolsters our wider international growth strategy. This move also enables us to deliver service excellence to our Korean customers, with greater on-the-ground commercial and operational support, and a smoother interconnection with our rapidly growing network across Asia.

“We have a very strong business base in Korea, built on good relationships with local customers and mutual trust. We see great potential going forward within all types of industries, and we want to invest further in our presence and the development of our brand in this important region.”

Photo: Jae Hong Kim and a number of the new staff in AAL’s Seoul office enjoying their new surroundings.