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DHL to acquire Brazilian road carrier Polar Transportes

LBR Staff Writer Published 19 April 2017

DHL Supply Chain has agreed to acquire Brazilian road carrier Polar Transportes as part of its efforts to provide better services in the region.

With around 400 full-time employees, Polar Transportes offers temperature-controlled transportation services for the Life Sciences and Healthcare industry.

Established in 1996, Polar Transportes has been working as a service provider for DHL for around 15 years. With national coverage, the company operates a fleet of around 300 trucks.

The acquisition will allow DHL to expand its business operations in an emerging market and strengthen the group’s end-to-end offering for the life sciences and healthcare industry in Brazil.

The deal is subject to approval from the Brazilian competition authorities

DHL Supply Chain Latin America CEO Javier Bilbao said: "Acquiring control of our longstanding service provider Polar Transportes is a great opportunity for us in offering an integrated end-to-end solution for the pharma industry in Brazil.

“We are taking one more step to further foster our strong position in a key emerging market, that supports our Strategy 2020.”

Polar Transportes CEO Agnaldo Santos said: “Becoming part of our longtime partner DHL Supply Chain is opening up new opportunities for growth and we are looking forward to merge our expertise in cold chain regulations with the resources and competencies of a global player."

The acquisition will allow DHL to expand its business operations in an emerging market and strengthen the group’s end-to-end offering for the life sciences and healthcare industry in Brazil.

With 160 facilities across 44 countries, DHL Supply Chain provides temperature-controlled warehousing, clinical trials logistics and other value-added services. The company will also deal with regulatory and quality assurance issues.


Image: DHL Supply Chain has acquired Polar Transportes to expand its presence in latin american market. Photo: courtesy of Deutsche Post AG.