Since July 1, 2021, a. hartrodt has been present in Denmark with a sales office also in Billund. "We have been running a successful national subsidiary for eight years and want to expand our business," explains Martin Fischer, Managing Director at a. hartrodt Denmark in Skanderborg. Both Danish sites are located on the Jutland peninsula. "This is where approxiamtely 60-65 percent of the key industries are located," says Business Development Manager Ulrich Kristensen. These include the wind power, machinery/instruments and the food industries. "We are now even closer to the customer and the second largest international airport," explains Fischer.
Billund: Number of employees to double
In Denmark, a. hartrodt has a staff of 14, including 2 people in Billund. "Our expansion plans are to double the number of employees at the new location by the end of 2022," explains Fischer. Kristensen and he have been working together in the freight forwarding business for a quarter of a century and maintain close customer relationships. "Back in 2018 we took the first step to increase our business activities in Scandinavia with the establishment of a. hartrodt Sweden," says the manager.
Skanderborg: Warehouse near the main container port
The headquarters of a. hartrodt Denmark is located just 20 kilometers from the country's main container port in Aarhus and has its own 3,000-square-meter warehouse. "We are noticing an increasing demand for small and medium-sized customers with their own webshop, who initially packed in their garage and now want to outsource this entire operation," reports Fischer. Today, a. hartrodt Denmark is connected to customers’ webshops: "We receive all orders automatically, pack them in our warehouse, and distribute both domestic and abroad directly to the end user."
Besides warehousing, a. hartrodt offers in Denmark the full range of transport services worldwide. "Denmark is well-known for numerous trading houses that source and trade various products outside the country’s borders," says Fischer. Looking at seafreight, he estimates that "approximately 50-60 percent of our volumes come from cross trade."