BDP International (BDP) announced that it has acquired full ownership of its operations in Brazil

Established as a joint venture in 2000 with Grupo Mesquita of Brazil, the company provides full-service air, sea and inland logistics between Brazil and major import and export markets around the world. Based in Sao Paulo, BDP currently operates 16 offices in Brazil, including Belem, Belo Horizonte, Campinas, Curitiba, Itajai, Manaus, Paranagua, Porto Alegre Airport, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande, Salvador, Santos, Sao Francisco do Sul and Vitoria.

In February, BDP acquired all outstanding shares of the joint venture BDP South America from Grupo Mesquita. The acquisition will have no impact on daily operations. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of BDP, the company will be directed by General Manager Roberto Croce, who reports to Ronald Young, vice president Latin America in BDP’s regional headquarters in Miami.

“Grupo Mesquita has been a good partner, enabling regional management and our staff to establish a solid foundation to help our customers grow,” said John M. Bolte, managing director- BDP Americas. “Asserting a wholly-owned presence in Brazil is an important initiative, not only for our customers in Latin America, but for BDP clients who rely upon our global network as well,” Bolte added.

“We’re excited about linking this strategic trading partner to our operations in North America, China, the Pacific Rim, Europe and the Middle East,” he continued. “Some of the world’s most respected companies have significant operations in Brazil, and we are now better positioned to support their efforts to grow in this dynamic market.” “We intend to leverage our leadership in the energy and chemical sectors to expand our freight forwarding capabilities, to support the region’s automotive, consumer electronics, heavy equipment, pharmaceuticals and project logistics industries.”