Flexport, the technology-enabled freight forwarder and customs broker, has announced its latest expansion: the opening of a second European office in Hamburg.
Flexport expects to hire over 100 employees in Germany in the next two to three years. The Hamburg office will be led by Janis Bargsten, Flexport's director of accounts in the DACH region.
Following the company's $110M Series C funding round in October 2017, Flexport has worked to identify the right location to continue its global expansion and support the company's ultimate goal of simplifying the complexities of global trade. With offices in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta and Shenzhen, the company's eighth global office in Hamburg is evidence of its commitment to putting sales and operations teams closer to its German, Austrian and Swiss clients and supply chain partners.
Flexport's decision to expand into Hamburg reflects the city's eminence as a logistics centre. Hamburg is home to Germany's largest seaport (the second busiest in Europe) and an exceptional talent pool. The city's location, transport infrastructure and strong logistics network will enable Flexport to solidify its relationships with local service providers, working together to reach clients more quickly and efficiently. Known as Germany's "gateway to the world", the Port of Hamburg is one of the most flexible, high-performance ports globally, receiving around 9000 ships per year and 2,300 freight trains per week. In 2016, more than 138 million tons of cargo crossed the quay walls of the port.
"Hamburg is home to one of the biggest seaports in Europe and so is a natural choice for our next European office," said Ryan Petersen, CEO and founder of Flexport. "Having a presence in this city brings us closer to our freight operations and our clients. We already move considerable volumes of freight through Hamburg's major logistics gateways every year, so establishing a local presence will make doing business cheaper. Hamburg gives us additional access to air, land and sea, plus some of the country's best and brightest talent."
Flexport is invested in continued growth of company functions in Hamburg, and is excited to begin immediate recruiting for the German office. The company will be looking to hire around 15 staff in the first three months. Flexport Recruiting Partners are looking for new hires with a client-first mentality, strong communication skills, intellectual curiosity and an entrepreneurial spirit.