Mainfreight buys Dunedin firm

The 45-year-old Dunedin-based freight company DCB International has been purchased by global mover Mainfreight for an undisclosed price.

In its half year financial report yesterday, to the end of September, Mainfreight had a brief note ''post result'', of an acquisition in Dunedin, which would ''increase capability''.

Locally owned DCB International was founded in 1969 as Dunedin Customs Brokers Ltd, and provides international air and sea freight services.

DCB director Mark Willis said staffing would expand from five to seven, and other than strengthening links and opportunities through Mainfreight business, it remained ''business as usual'' for DCB.

''The purchase is a case of recognition of the importance of regional strength, and combining that with [Mainfreight's] global strength,'' Mr Willis said.

Mainfreight has expanded globally, rapidly, with divisions or subsidiary companies now across Australia, Asia, Europe and the US, many of which have evolved from business acquisitions.

DCB is involved in air and sea, importing and exporting, Customs control areas and clearances and acts as a consultant for numerous services, including tariff applications, Customs valuation, anti-dumping procedures, bonded warehousing and carnet advice.

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